On Writing & Publishing, & Everything In-between

By Sandra Gulland | A miscellanea of interviews with writers & articles on writing and publishing. www.SandraGulland.com

Know Thy Reader - Identifying and Understanding Your Audience

There has never been a better time to be an author, because for the first time authors have direct access to their readers. While there is more …

The Business of Being a Writer: Turning Attention Into Sales

To establish a full-time living from your writing, it’s essential to learn basic marketing principles. There is something of a formula, and it looks …

7 Useful Writing Lessons You Can Learn From Successful Writers

The Technique, Attitude and Best PracticeIf you want to go somewhere, it is best to find someone who has already been there — Robert KiyosakiYou know …

Creative Writing

Editing and the Writing Craft. Tips from an Editor.

Shares 2K<p>OLD POST ALERT! This is an older post and although you might find some useful tips, any technical or publishing information is likely to be …

4 Affordable Ways to Master Book Marketing

Today’s guest post is by Dave Chesson (@DaveChesson) of Kindlepreneur.Learning the art of book marketing is a pursuit which can often feel like an …

Writing

Why 'Wonderbook' By Jeff VanderMeer Is The One Book About Worldbuilding Every Writer Needs To Read

As any writer of science fiction or fantasy will tell you, worldbuilding is the most arduous part of composing a new story. It can be tough to know …

Creative Writing

What You Need to Write Your First Book After Age 50

Today’s guest post is by Julie Rosenberg (@J_RosenbergMD), author of <i>Beyond the Mat.</i>As a girl, I absolutely adored the Little House on the Prairie …

Writing

How to Make Bookstore Appearances Ten Times More Interesting

“You do know that the CIA has a million-dollar contract with Amazon? And that Jeff Bezos owns the <i>Washington Post</i>? Which means everything in that …

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Rewrite Your Life

Write the Book You're Meant to Write<p>×<p>"When I signed up for Jessica Lourey’s fiction writing workshop, I was at a low point. I longed to write a …

Creative Writing

Writing About the Ultimate Party Girl Made Me Realize How Much We Limit Women

My main character seems like the opposite of my introverted self—but there’s more to both of us than meets the eyePhoto by Element5 DigitalAlma …

Flute

What Indie Publishers Need to Know About Audiobooks

At a time when the book industry faces intense economic pressure, reports of an exploding audiobook market leave independent authors and publishers …

Writing

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Taking Author Photos

I walked into the bookstore gripping my debut novel, its cover puckering where my sweaty fingers clutched tight, as if to remind myself: You’ve …

Writing

Guerrilla marketing for books

Bestselling author John Shors offers readers more than literary imagery of his novels' settings. He actually takes them there.<p>He leads tours of the Southeast Asian temples and hidden jungles that inspired his books. The idea: Get people excited about his work, and sell books -- a lot of …

How To Write A Novel: Step By Step

Thinking about writing a novel? Don’t know where to start? It’s not that hard, if you really want to do it. I guess that really is the first step. …

Creative Writing

Canada’s Orange Prize: Why we created an award just for female writers

How is a new literary prize born? Out of frustration, it seems.<p>The rain was teeming that night, but the real storm was happening onstage at the Vancouver Writers Fest: Five women, including the founder of the U.K.'s Orange Prize for Fiction, were discussing the state of affairs for female writers. …

Nobel Prize

5 steps to Creative Focus, in sickness and in health

<i>Jennie Spotila is a 2-time alum of the Creative Focus Workshop who has consistently knocked me out with her insight, collegiality, and…energy. Which</i> …

Multiple Sclerosis

The terrors of publication

Because I publish only every four or five years, in spite of my best intentions — in spite of being at my desk virtually every day for hours! — I …

Books

Ten rules for writing fiction

Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don'ts<p>Read the second part of the article here<p><b>Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal</b> …

You Can’t Get to “Once Upon a Time” Without “What If?”

Photo credit: yewenyi on VisualHunt / CC BY-NCLately, I’ve been reading Thomas Merton’s <i>Confessions of a Guilty Bystander</i> (thank you, Ed!), which was …

Writing

8 steps you should take if you want to write a book

But publishing isn't the hardest part of writing a book. Not even close. It's the writing.<p>If you're not a full-time writer, living in a cabin in the woods, how will you actually write your book?<p>How will you do the work of writing when the demands of real life threaten to overwhelm your already busy …

Writing

Perfectionism is not your real problem.

Have you published your essay online?<p>Have you sent your book to reviewers?<p>Have you submitted your comic to that anthology you love?<p>Is your website up?<p>…

Procrastination

How to build a creative life that makes you happy and ALSO produces results

<b>Jennifer Shiman</b> had the dream career for so many creatives.<p>She created a popular series of animations (30-Second Bunnies Theatre: where animated …

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Our Favorite Podcasts for Writers

<i>Ulysses is a sponsor of NaNoWriMo 2017 and we want you to get the most out of it! We’re inviting all participants to claim their NaNo-bundle: sign up</i> …

Writing

The Cutting Edge - Books UnPacked Blog

After seven years of researching and writing, I finally printed out a draft of my nonfiction novel <i>The Convict Lover.</i> The stack of pages was higher …

Jonathan Safran Foer: ‘I don’t have writer’s block, but am a chronic sufferer of “Jonathan block”’

The author on canal boats, libraries and why he writes with a blanket on his lap<p>To mark the imminent end of summer, my boys and I recently went on a journey down the Erie Canal. Before being handed the key to our 12-ton narrowboat, the Oneida, we were given a shockingly brief and casual …

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Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for Writers

How To Apply Them to Non-Fiction Writing<p>“My reason for writing is unfortunately in line with Hitler’s and Stalin’s: I think writers should serve …

George Saunders: what writers really do when they write

A series of instincts, thousands of tiny adjustments, hundreds of drafts … What is the mysterious process writers go through to get an idea on to the page?<p>1<p>Many years ago, during a visit to Washington DC, my wife’s cousin pointed out to us a crypt on a hill and mentioned that, in 1862, while …

Books

50 Book Marketing Ideas Every Author Needs to Know

No matter what kind of book you’re writing, all self-publishing authors will eventually reach the same question: what’s the best way to <i>market</i> it? The …

Writing