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7 List Building Truths for Self-Publishers

READ LATER - CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS POST AS A PDF<p>The internet has undoubtedly become a game changer for the writing profession. Not too long ago …

Publishing

All back issues of Omni magazine now available online

Good news for Omni magazine fans – all 200 issues are now available on Amazon for $2.99 each, or free if you're a Kindle Unlimited subscriber.<p>Up …

Science Fiction

How to Begin a Story: 3 Quick Ways to Improve Beginnings and Endings

My family moves a lot. Beginnings are often stressful, disorienting things, while endings might be joyous, grief-filled, and everything in between. …

What Kind of Editor Do I Need?

You finished your first draft, you’ve made your revisions and now you’re ready for an editor – Congratulations! But wait, what kind of editing does …

Writing

Got Writer’s Block? This Best-selling Author Tells You How To Beat It

There’s no magic formula to becoming a successful writer, but novelist Richard Kadrey offers some go-to tips for starting—or finishing—your first novel.<p>There’s no one way to write a novel. There are, however, a million ways to screw up a book—or worse, start one and never finish it. If you’re …

Writing

Can you write your way to happiness?

A growing number of diarists are using expressive writing or ‘bullet journalling’ to improve their health and productivity. But does keeping a daily log actually work?<p>”This groundbreaking tool will change your life,” claims <i>MindJournal</i>, a £9.99 collection of quizzes and writing exercises that it …

Productivity

Writing Tips: 7 Strategies for Writing Suspense

<i>You must hook a reader early on because there are plenty of other books to read and life is too short to read a book that doesn't engage you.</i><p><i>Suspense</i> …

Writing

Recommended Reading: 6 Blogs for Creative Writers

My Favorite Places for Writing Resources<p>Whether you’re looking for writing prompts or tips to help improve your writing, there are a ton of resources …

Authors

Book Promotion Do's and Don'ts for Self-Published Authors

Make no bones about it, if you want to make a good living by selling your books, one of the most important aspects of your plan of action is nailing …

Make Your Sidekick Unique and Memorable: 5 Tags and Traits of the Sidekick

Yesterday we looked at the <i>function</i> of the sidekick in a murder mystery. Today I want to look at the sidekicks tag’s and traits, characteristics that …

Authors

101 Places to Find Freelance Writing Jobs

Freelance writing is no more lucrative than ever but at least it's getting easier to find work.<p>Whether you’re an expert looking to make some extra cash or are a full-time journalist or blogger, there’s never been a better time to find freelance writing work. After all, businesses of all-sizes and …

Freelancing

How Thinking Like An Actor Can Help You Write Better Characters

Want to write better characters?<p>When it comes to creating characters, one area that I think every writer can benefits from are the tools of theater. …

Writing

Women Writers Face Major Hurdles, Especially In Bestselling Genres

Sci-fi and mystery authors speak out about inequality in these male-dominated fields.<p>You’ve probably read the stats: books by women are being reviewed more and more by prestigious outlets, but gender equity in the literary world has yet to be achieved. And, books by women are far less likely to win …

Feminism

5 Writing Tips: Jeff VanderMeer

<i>Jeff VanderMeer is the author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy and the novel</i> Borne<i>. VanderMeer shares his five writing tips.</i><p>Writing the rough …

Authors

Writing and the Creative Life: Possibility Thinking, Practicality Thinking

You can not overestimate the value of a great idea as the basis of a story. Here are some quotes from a pair of established screenwriters about the …

Creativity

How to Self-Publish a Book

So you want to self-publish your book? You’re in good company. Plenty of authors have gone ahead of you, working to prove that high-quality books can …

Publishing

If You Want to Write a Book, Write Every Day or Quit Now

The key to getting your book written, says Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Hunter, isn’t talent or luck or inspiration. It’s the act of sitting down every day and writing.<p>In a few days or weeks, I’ll start a new novel. I don’t know yet and won’t for years if it’s good, bad, dreary, enchanting, or …

Authors

The Career-Expanding Discovery Many Profitable Writers Have Made

The struggle when I started my freelance writing service business looked like this:<p>I was fascinated with crafting words that accurately conveyed a …

Content Marketing

John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Popular Fiction

<i>Since advice is usually ignored and rules are routinely broken, I refer to these little pearls as merely “suggestions.”</i><p><i>There is nothing original about this list. It has all been said before by writers much smarter than me. I’ve just arranged things differently, and I keep changing them as the years</i> …

Writing

So You Always Wanted To Be A Travel Writer?

If you always wanted to write about your travels, but don’t have a website of your own or a large audience, this might interest you.<p>We are offering …

Travel

7 Simple Hacks to Get Writing When You Just Can’t

“How do you write so much?” asked one young writer. “I struggle so hard to write for even just a few minutes everyday!” Let’s face it: writing is …

Productivity

How to Write (and Actually Finish) Your Novel

According to Kurt Vonnegut, “The primary benefit of practicing any art, whether well or badly, is that it enables one's soul to grow.” If this is …

10 More Handy Writing Tips That I Use Regularly – Part 2

• Create a space in your home especially for writing. This way you have an oasis and you can also send a message that, when you are in this space, you …

Writing

2 Ways to Beat Writing Procrastination and Finish Your WIP

Today’s guest post is by Amina Cavallo. Amina is a writer and audiobook narrator who believes stories carry unique beauty. Her blog, Numawok …

Authors

Writing a Killer First Page

Nothing brings a writer more agony than writing the first page of their novel. There are plenty of articles listing what not to do on the first page, …

These 5 Smart Headline Tips Will Make Readers Click, Like, and Share Your Content

There's a reason some articles go viral.<p>This month marks the third year that I've been blogging. One of the biggest lessons I've learned along the way is the importance of writing headlines that capture the reader's attention and make her want to click-through and read.<p>It can be a tall challenge to …

Digital Marketing

The 'Pulp Fiction' Technique for Engaging and Persuasive Content

You’ve seen <i>Pulp Fiction</i>, right? It’s the classic 1994 black comedy crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.<p>The film is highly stylized, …

Content Marketing

Making the Choice to Write

Nanowrimo

6 Most Effective Ways to Increase Sales of Standalone Books

A standalone book is like an island — it depends on its own merit to draw crowds, and unlike a series, it may not have a built-in audience at launch. …