Sandra Gulland

1,876 Flips | 3 Magazines | 1,223 Likes | 5 Following | 5,654 Followers | @sgulland | Author of five historical novels, including the Josephine B. Trilogy, published in 18 countries. Blogger, ebook publisher, net-nerd, research addict.

Interview With Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri was born in 1967 in London, England, and was raised in Rhode Island. She received a B.A. in English literature from Barnard College, an …

Rhode Island

How I Create and Give Personality to My Fictional Characters

Everything changed when I started using this strategyI’m plotting my third novel and comparing with my first, the process has been more accurate and …

Stephen King

The Importance Of Creative Process: 5 Key Conditions To Help You Thrive

<b>With every year that passes on my author journey, I realize more and more the importance of routine and consistent practice in order to create in a</b> …

Creative Work

Kazuo Ishiguro: ‘Write What You Know’ is the Stupidest Thing I’ve Ever Heard

Kazuo Ishiguro, author of <i>The Remains of the Day</i>, <i>Never Let Me Go</i>, and most recently <i>The Buried Giant</i>, and oh, also our newest Nobel Laureate in …

Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Award-Winning Journalist, Author Sam Gwynne on Outlines, Hemingway’s Habits, and the Greatest Interview Question of All Time

<b>Name:</b> Sam Gwynne<p><b>Claim To Fame</b>: S.C. “Sam” Gwynne is the author of five books, including <i>The Perfect Pass, Rebel Yell,</i> and <i>Empire of the Summer Moon –</i> a</i> …

Pulitzer Prize

Amazon Book Review

Subscribe to the ABR Daily Digest<p>Sign up for our free daily newsletter to receive our latest author interviews, best books of the month, reviews, and …

Book Reviews

Your novel’s first draft is a love letter to yourself

So shut down your inner editor and try these three ways to make that letter unique.Continue reading on The Writing Cooperative »

Writer's Block

How to Write a Killer Query Letter in 7 Simple Steps

How to Write a Query Letter in 7 Steps<p>November 2, 2017 - Understanding Publishing - 7 Comments<p>A starving writer stands in front of a mailbox …

Writing

22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer

Renowned author Stephen King has written over 50 books that have captivated millions of people around the world.<p>In his memoir, “On Writing,” King …

Stephen King

How to personalize a query letter

<i>Nathan here! My friend Rachel Stout used to be a literary agent at Dystel & Goderich, and now she teaches a course on querying called Query Mastery,</i> …

TV shows

Inside the Mind of a Writer Writing a Book

Are you writing a book? If so, you might be surprised by some of the things you’re thinking and feeling. Writing a book can be an strange, emotional …

Self-Criticism

10 Ways to Build Traffic to Your Author Website or Blog

This post was first published in 2012 and is regularly updated.First things first: an author’s website, whether it gets much traffic or not, is …

Social Media

The Log-Line: Can You Pitch Your ENTIRE Story in ONE Sentence?

Today we’re going to chat about log-lines. Some of you might be wondering if I was trying to give you a heart attack with my title. Maybe you think …

Writing

10 Instagram Tips for Writers

Today’s guest post is by novelist Annie Sullivan (@annsulliva). Her debut work, <i>A Touch of Gold</i>, released in August 2018.The other day, a high school …

Social Media

War Veteran, Former White House Fellow, and Author Elliot Ackerman on White Noise, Paratroopers, and ALL CAPS

<b>Name:</b> Elliot Ackerman<p><b>Claim to Fame</b>: Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of the Silver Star, the …

Veterans

How a Book Gets Published (The Traditional Process)

So here goes. The basics of how a book gets published.<p>Please note that this post is about mainstream or traditional publishing and not …

How to Write a Synopsis in 4 Easy Steps • The Reedsy Blog

How to Write a Synopsis Agents Will Notice<p>September 12, 2018 - Understanding Publishing - 1 Comment<p>Your novel is fully written, edited, and polished …

Book Reviews

5 Unconventional Book Launch Ideas from Professional Marketers

As an author, your book marketing tool belt is probably bursting at the seams with countless strategies. You’ve set up a mailing list. You’re aware …

Viral Marketing

Writers’ Cribs

<b>Roald Dahl</b><p>When Roald Dahl and his family were living in Gipsy House in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, UK, he realized his kids were so noisy that he needed his own writing space. After seeing Dylan Thomas’s shed in Wales, he built a shed of his own in his garden.<p>Dahl wrote all his major works …

Brontë Family

How Writers Can Overcome Their Fear of Public Speaking

Photo credit: TEDxStuttgart on Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-NDToday’s guest post is by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder (@betsygfasbinder), author of <i>From Page to</i> …

Public Speaking

How Long Should It Take to Write a Book?

Today’s guest post is by author Merilyn Simonds (@MerilynSimonds). Her newest book is <i>Refuge.</i>Writing a novel requires the creation of a living, …

Literature

Artist Louise Bourgeois on How Solitude Enriches Creative Work

“You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love.”<p><i>“Nourish yourself with grand and austere ideas of beauty that feed the soul… Seek solitude,”</i> young Delacroix counseled himself in 1824. Keats saw solitude as a sublime conduit to truth and beauty. Elizabeth …

4 Useful Tips to Promote a Book on YouTube More Effectively

<i>I recently shared 7 Reasons for Using Videos in Your Social Marketing Campaigns. Many commented that it’s hard using YouTube effectively–a statement</i> …

Writing

How to Write a Short Story in 7 Steps • The Reedsy Blog

August 24, 2018 - Perfecting your Craft - Leave your thoughts<p>From Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” to the bone-chilling works of Shirley Jackson …

Creative Writing

Margaret Atwood Offers a New Online Class on Creative Writing

<i>FYI: If you sign up for a MasterClass course by clicking on the affiliate links in this post, Open Culture will receive a small fee that helps</i> …

Creative Writing

How to Grow an Audience as a Newer Author

As a newer author, it’s easy to become either wildly overwhelmed by the amount of book marketing advice on the internet, or to try to do <i>everything</i> …

Writing

How to Create and Use a Character Bible for your Novel

A character bible is the place you collect information about all the characters in your novel. From your heroine to the car wash attendant who says …

Creative Writing

Book Marketing: 10 Ways To Get Reviews For Your Book

<b>Book reviews are important for social proof as well as getting marketing opportunities</b> like BookBub placement, for mining quotes for ad copy, and …

Writing

Can Creativity Be Learned?

Prevailing theories on creativity focus on methodology, or amount of practice. But new studies suggest artistic talent may be more hard-wired than we thought.<p>At 2 a.m. on June 16, 1816, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin awoke with a fright.<p>Mary was 18 years old and spending her summer at the Villa Diodati …

Elmore Leonard's rules for writers

Next month, the doyen of hardboiled crime writers is publishing a new book, 10 Rules of Writing. The following is a brief summary of his advice<p><b>Using adverbs is a mortal sin</b><p><b>1</b> Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a charac­ter's reaction to the weather, you don't …