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How to self-edit your novel (25 post-Nanowrimo tips for indie authors)

It's the last day of Nanowrimo, and like many of you, I now have a new manuscript that needs heavy editing before it's ready to publish. Before you …

Punctuation Marks: Quotation Marks for Fiction Writers

How to use quotation marks.The placement of <b>quotation marks</b> perplexes a lot of people. Do they go inside or outside of other punctuation marks, like …

Writing

25 Creative Ways Authors Use Images for Social Media Marketing

Whether you’re promoting a specific book or trying to drive exposure to boost an author’s brand, posting eye-catching images is imperative to …

Loglines and Pitches - How to Reduce Your Book to a Sentence

When my agent asked me for loglines for my book, I had no idea what she was talking about. I pretended I understood. (FYI, "faking it" is a required …

Chapter Length Matters. Here's Why

October 18, 2017 - Perfecting your Craft - 14 Comments<p>Stop us if you’ve experienced this before: the clock strikes 8pm and you realize that you …

What is a Narrative Arc? • A Guide to Storytelling Structure

What is the Narrative Arc? A Guide to Storytelling Through Story Structure<p>July 18, 2017 - Perfecting your Craft - 5 Comments<p>Has anyone ever told you …

Elements of Plot Structure: The Sure-Fire Way to Create Your Story – Fire Up Your Stalled Novel, Part 3

Plotting a novel is like swimming under water.It’s murky, you run out of air, you have no idea whether you’re up or down, you start to panic - and …

How I Used Instafreebie to Grow My Fan Base Ines Johnson

<i>Ines Johnson is here to introduce authors to InstaFreebie, a product designed to easily get free books into readers hands.</i> <br>In a never-ending quest to …

How to Find Exactly the Right Story Hook

<i>What is your story hook?</i> That can be one of the most frustrating questions for any author—for two reasons. Either you have no idea what your hook is, …

4 Lessons for Authors on the Current State of Publishing

Digital Book World main stage / photo by Porter AndersonLast week I was at Digital Book World, reporting on industry discussions of current marketing …

How to Create Awesome Scene Arcs That Surprise Readers

There is a secret to writing good scenes. And since scenes are the heart of story itself, it’s ultimately one of the most important secrets to …

The 4 Tweaks to Writing Truly Original Stories and Characters

The process of writing original stories is shrouded in mystery.Occasionally, as part of my daily Writing Question of the Day (#WQOTD) on Twitter and …

19 Writing Tips To Help You Become The Next J.K. Rowling

We asked writers what helps them stay motivated.<p>1. No cute coffee shop with notebook for me. It's all about <b>snuggling up in bed with the laptop, a cup of tea and SoundCloud drip-feeding me music</b> with the perfect ambience for the mood of the story.<p>And when I need to get out of my bubble, I go to …

Facebook Advertising for Authors | Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center

By onJanuary 17, 2016 in Book Promotion & Marketing<p>Historical novelist David Penny<p>British indie author David Penny shares a case study of his own …

4 Ways to Create an Ebook

<i>This is the second in my series of blog posts about ebook creation. It was originally posted on Joel Friedlander’s wonder resource site, TheBookDesigner.com.</i><p>Last time I talked about just what an ebook is -- a website in a box. Ebooks come in a number of flavors, but for the purposes of this …

The ultimate Pinterest Book marketing guide for authors

<i>This is a guest post from Jenetta Penner, who is waaaaay better at Pinterest than I am. I’m starting to use it more and asked for some help. This is</i> …

The Secret Themes Behind All Pixar Movies

<i>This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and</i> …

Business Musings: Some Thoughts on the International Market

This morning, I found out through the magic of Facebook that four of my sf novellas, translated into Italian, are four of the five bestselling titles …

Conquer Your Writing Fears

<b>Today’s guest post is from Jordan Rosenfeld, author of A Writer’s Guide to Persistence.</b> You hear the word <i>perfectionist</i> bandied about a lot, but what …

How much does book editing cost? And are you getting ripped off?

Last year I started on online controversy with an article suggesting that indie authors shouldn’t pay for editing. What I mean in the post, which you …

10 Ways to Boost Your Writing Productivity

Every writer has been there: the words are inside you, trying to get out, but life is in the way. Maybe you can’t find any time in your busy …

Productivity

My Book Marketing Plan: How I Sold 5000 Books in Four Weeks

In January of 2015, I wrote an article on How and Why I’m writing a book in 2015. In July of the same year, I released that book, <i>The End of Jobs</i>. …

Understanding Cultural Trends Can Help You Write A Bestseller

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>‘Culture’ is a strange concept, an attempt to define a group by attaching a consistent attitude to their art. Some argue that …

Short Hair

How to use your “about the author” section on Kindle to increase keyword ranking (also: how to write an author bio)

The title of this post basically gives away the whole thing, but I hadn’t considered it before, and you probably haven’t either.I’ve written about …

How many books do you need to sell to become a bestseller?

I’m on a quest to become a full-time author by 2016 – that means, I need my books to earn enough to meet my needs, so I can do what I want with my …

4 Critical Edits to Make to Your Book's Description Copy

A book’s description on retailer product pages impacts both readers’ purchasing decisions and the book’s discoverability. Not only does it inform …

The Single Best Way to FINISH Your Novel

Kristen’s New Author PicIt’s my FAVORITE time of the year. I SO LOVE HALLOWEEN. It is the best of all the holidays because it is the only holiday …

How to Plan Your Story in Six Weeks

<b>A guest post by Jennifer Blanchard</b>When I first learned about story structure and story planning, I was inspired to no end. I knew I’d found the …

Preparing Images for Your e-Book

Last month I discussed how to clean up your manuscript to prepare it for ebook conversion. This time I’m going to be looking at how to do the same …

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