Jennifer Garrett

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Why I’ve Moved From Scrivener To Vellum For Formatting Ebooks

I love Scrivener.It is the best writing tool and I couldn’t imagine writing without it now. I’ve also been using Scrivener to format my ebooks for …

Writing

Roth IRA: Convert Now or Pay Later?

Why the tax-code change should put a hurry-up on your decision to convert a traditional IRA into a Roth.<p>The wait is over.<p>If you were delaying your …

Retirement

Jane Friedman talks about the business of being a writer

<i>Jane Friedman has more than twenty years of experience in the publishing industry and formerly worked for</i> Writer’s Digest <i>and the</i> Virginia Quarterly …

Writing

Comparative Figures of Speech Enhance Your Writing

One of the most effective ways to convey passion and aid your readers’ understanding of your message is to paint a word picture using comparative …

Creative Writing

Read These 5 Books On Writing In Lieu of Spending $40,000 On An MFA

Back in the pre-Internet days, if you wanted to land an agent and a book deal you had two choices: spend a million dollars on postage cold-querying …

Writing

20 Email Tips & Tricks for Author Newsletters

Writing Fiction Roadmap and Checklist For Authors

<i>(Earlier in this series: Writer’s Craft Roadmap | Writing Success Roadmap)</i><p>After one month on this Great Fiction Writing Challenge, I’ve seen some …

Writing

Hands On: Self publish the next great novel with Vellum 2.1.2 from your Mac

The latest version of the eBook creator application Vellum does just about everything to streamline book creation for iBooks, Kindle and paperback, …

Writing

Social Security: 5 Great Reasons to File for Benefits at 62

A few of them may surprise you!<p>If you file for Social Security benefits at age 62, which is the first year you become eligible, your benefits will be …

Retirement

Why So Many Adults Love Young-Adult Literature

Over half of today’s YA readers are over the age of 18.<p><i>This article is edited from a story shared exclusively with members of The Masthead, the membership program from</i> The Atlantic <i>(find out more). In part one, we explore why adults gravitate towards books written for children and teenagers. In part</i> …

Books

What Amazon's Mysterious 50% Royalty 'Error' Says About Self-Publishing

Authors using Kindle Direct Publishing, Amazon’s e-book publishing unit, were given a shock when they turned to their KDP dashboards on January 9: A “50%” royalty rate had appeared between the normal 35% and 70% on the dashboard. The new feature was unclickable, unexplained, and had quickly …

Writing

It’s Ok to Be Happy with a Quiet Life

“Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others.” — …

Minimalism

5 Ways to Be a Brave Leader

A conversation about leadership with author Kimberly Davis.<p>It wasn't that Jason didn't want to be a great leader or realize that what he was doing wasn't working, but that's all he knew. He was doing what his boss did. What his boss' boss did. Every senior executive at his company seemed to lead …

2018 Author Marketing Tactics (Facebook, AMS, email, etc.)

<b>Note from D-Sidd:</b> <i>I stumbled across the post below from Matthew Kadish in the 20Booksto50K Facebook group. It’s PACKED with fantastic information that</i> …

The Real Secret to Becoming a Successful Writer

On the myth of meritocracy.How do you become a successful writer? Successful writers offer predictable advice. "Perseverance is absolutely …

New York Times

Stripe launches Radar to tackle e-commerce fraud with machine learning

Stripe, the startup that lets websites and mobile apps implement payment services through its API and a few lines of code, is today adding in another new feature as it continues to build out its platform with more tools. It is now going to help prevent fraud on Stripe transactions, through a new …

25 Things You Should Know About Writing Horror

I grew up on horror fiction. Used to eat it up with a spoon. These days, not so much, but only I suspect because the horror releases just aren’t …

5 Tips for Getting Accepted by Bookbub

I mentioned on Twitter last night that I’d snagged another Bookbub ad for one of my boxed sets, and someone asked what the trick was, since they had …

Top Ten Publishing Trends Every Author Needs to Know in 2018

What does 2018 have in store for authors? Last year we predicted which publishing trends would impact indie authors and how. Many of them …

How the Right Preorder Strategy Can Build a Book’s Platform

Preorders are a great way to earn money for a new book release before its launch date. I started the process for <i>Gone Daddy Gone</i>, the seventh novel in …

100+ Reputable Literary Magazines You Can Submit Your Writing To

<b>Print & Online</b> magazine for <b>Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry</b><p>Bard College’s literary journal Conjunctions publishes innovative fiction, poetry, and …

Publishers Accepting Unagented Manuscripts

Most of the large publishing houses require an agent, but smaller houses often accept manuscripts and proposals directly from writers, as do some of …

Tax Reform Changes To Recharacterizations And Roth IRA 2018 Contribution Limits

Despite lots of noise leading up to the passage of the tax reform bill, retirement planning was left mostly alone. While the tax cuts and changes might have a big impact on government program cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security in the future and might also significantly impact how …

Retirement

How to generate the income you need in retirement

You’ve spent your whole life saving for retirement . Now you’re finished working, and it’s time to start spending what you’ve saved. For many …

Retirement

17 Things You Should Do to Every Blog Post Before + After You Hit Publish (Free Checklist!)

Shares 10.0K<p>If you’re a blogger, then I think we can both agree — writing blog posts ain’t a joke. There’s quite a lot that goes into blogging and …

Infographics

9 Ways to Be Kinder to Yourself this Year

• Popsugar<br>• Living<br>• Self Care<p>Self Love Resolutions<p>9 Ways to Be Kinder to Yourself this Year<p>Shares<p>The pressure to be your best self never seems to stop, and …

Trends

How to find part-time work to boost your retirement

<i>I would like to work part time in retirement. But I want to try something that’s different from my primary career. Any good starting points? Any</i> …

IngramSpark vs CreateSpace

When picking a self-publishing platform, many authors flip flop between IngramSpark and CreateSpace. Here are facts to help you decide which is right …

Why Is It So Goddamned Hard to Make a Living as a Writer Today?

By Douglas Preston Reprinted from the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of the Authors Guild Bulletin.Doug Preston was the keynote speaker at the inaugural …

Writing

The Tax Bill Passes

Today, December 20, 2017, the House passed a slightly revised (and renamed) version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which the Senate passed in the wee …