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Scamming Authors Are Cheating Amazon Out of Millions and the Company's Response Is Pathetic

Book stuffer Chance Carter is gone. But readers are still paying for books that are 90 percent filler.<p>What would you do if you knew that scammers were cheating your company and your customers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars every single month? If you're Amazon, apparently not much. You …

Writing

The Best Books on Writing, According to Novelists, Poets, and Writing Professors

<i>Welcome to</i> <i>Reading Lists</i><i>, comprehensive book guides from the Strategist designed to make you an expert (or at least a fascinating dinner-party</i> …

Affairs, betrayal and contemplating suicide... The devastating real story behind Agatha Christie's novels

I lifted the lid from the old cardboard box and sorted through the faded papers until I came to the file I was looking for: Agatha Christie’s divorce records. The documents, many of them handwritten in black ink and held at the National Archives in Kew, outline the basic chronology of the ‘Christie …

How to Use Scheduling To Automate Your Social Media

Some people think I'm on social media all the time because my presence is there 24/7, but <b>my secret weapon is automation and scheduling</b>, as well as …

Social Media

Common habits that won’t help your writing career

Things you shouldn’t do that you might be doingWriting is a way to express a thought, information or idea to another person without speaking. It is …

Top writers choose their perfect crime

<b>On Beulah Height</b> <b>by Reginald Hill</b><i><br>Val McDermid</i><p>This is the perfect crime novel. It’s beautifully written – elegiac, emotionally intelligent, evocative of the landscape and history that holds its characters in thrall – and its clever plotting delivers a genuine shock. There’s intellectual satisfaction …

Books

The Indie Authors' Guide to Writing Coaches

Brooke Warner takes a look at what writing coaches do and how they can help indie authors.<p>Writers tend to look for coaches once they’ve hit obstacles …

How to Write a Novel You Can Be Proud of: A Simple 12-Step Guide

You’ve always wanted to write a novel. But something’s stopped you.<p>Maybe you’ve tried before, only to get thirty pages in and lose steam because:<p>Your …

How to Use a Colon

::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::There are three general ways to use a colon: to introduce a list; to separate …

45+ of Your Favorite Groundbreaking Women Writers

This Riot Recommendation of groundbreaking women writers is sponsored by <i>Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion</i> by Michelle Dean, …

How To Find And Work With A Book Cover Designer

Shares 24<p>People do judge a book by its cover.<p><b>You want the best possible cover for your book.</b> And if you're self-publishing, you do have to go through …

11 classes taught by best-selling writers and authors that will improve your writing skills

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Ninja Writing: The Four Levels Of Writing Mastery is one of the bestselling writing courses on Udemy. Shutterstock Good writing skills can …

Creative Writing

The thriller writers who are making a killing with crime fiction

<b>British readers have become more gripped by crime and thriller novels, with sales up by 19% between 2015 and 2017, new figures suggest.</b><p>The rise has been fuelled by the growth of psychological thrillers and the success of big names like <b>Lee Child</b>, <b>James Patterson</b> and <b>Dan Brown</b>.<p>Last year, 18.7 million …

The Best Podcasts for Writers

[This post was originally published on 02/11/2016. It was updated on 3/20/18]<p>What better way to stay close to your craft than by listening to a …

9 Things Amazon Secretly Launched that Can Help All Indie Authors with their Book Marketing

Amazon is always changing things up. And that’s why it’s important to always be watching for what’s new. Especially if we’re in book marketing mode …

The 4 Secrets to Designing Inescapable Plot

What makes a plot into a rollercoaster ride? We’ve talked about the reader’s unconscious expectations for a great story. We know what these are. And …

How to Market a Book: 10 First Steps

Have you ever wondered how to market a book? You spend months, maybe even years writing, editing, then rewriting your book until it’s a masterpiece …

Flipboard

Turning Pages: The big question for every writer

But many more writers reject the advice with exasperation and scorn. Ken Kesey says what you know is usually dull, Raymond Carver says it's …

Creative Writing

How to plan a successful DIY book tour

So, who do you write for?” asked a man across the table after he ordered chicken wings.I was on the eighth of 15 stops on an 11-week book tour …

The Secret To Doubling Your Words Every Month

“I just know keeping track of what I’m doing and where I’m going is important to me.”<p>— Demetri Martin<p>“Numbers have life; they’re not just symbols on …

Writing

Top Websites for Fiction Writers to Share Their Writing

So you’ve written a story and don’t want to self-publish or have it sit in a literary agents slush pile? But also want to post your work online and …

Writing

How to Write Unforgettable Settings Readers Never Want to Leave

Setting is an extremely powerful tool that can hook readers into a world they never want to leave. Oddly, too many writers fail to appreciate just …

This Woman Wrote Her Novel At A Tire Store And Now They Are Her Biggest Fans

We've found the cure for writer's block!

This Podcast-Based Writing Course Will Get You Working On Your Dream Novel

Tim Clare's Couch to 80K writing podcast is a delightful, intense, encouraging eight-week journey towards writing a novel. For the best experience, …

SCRIPT SECRETS: Subplot Prism and The Shape of Water

Individual subplots illustrate a different aspect of the main conflict or shows a different step in the solution of the main conflict. William C. …

How to Double Your Writing Output in One Month

There are so many reasons we don’t write.<p>Some personal. Some real. Others completely fabricated.<p>We get coaching. Then we don’t listen.<p>Because life …

Writing

Get Unstuck: Use These Tools To Finish Your Novel

By Rochelle Melander, aka The Write Now! CoachWhen we moved into our first house, it was late December and well below freezing. Our movers rushed to …

Use Motion to Spice up Your Scenes

Ever had one of those days when you sit down at your computer, only to find your character twiddling his thumbs? I was having one of those days last …