What’s the most terrifying word for authors?

by Gina Burgess Nope it isn’t writer’s block. That’s two words. According to a mountain of studies it’s networking. Of course there isn’t a separate study done just on authors, but studies have included thousands of people in all different walks of life. Networking seems to either instill excitement of discovery in some people or […]

How to Self-Edit Your Manuscript

by Jennifer Harris The Big Picture – Part 1 Big picture editing—also called developmental editing or the revision stage—can be an overwhelming task, especially if this is your first novel. The big picture edit is where you will start molding your raw material into a polished finished novel. This is the stage of editing where […]

Motivation of Your Characters

by Randy Ingermanson [Editor’s note: If you are not getting Randy’s ezine, I do recommend you do. It is packed with lots of thought-provoking writing, organizing, and marketing advice plus it’s plain common sense stuff.] 3) Craft: How to Measure Motivation Practically everything in fiction eventually comes down to your characters’ motivations. The lead character […]

The Trusty Steed in Writing

By Richie Billing There’s always a horse in a fantasy book. So I decided to do a bit of research on the trusty steeds that carry us fearlessly into battle, and this is what I found.  Make no assumptions For some of us it’s fair to say we don’t see horses very often, driving past […]

Single Most Important Attribute in a Writer

I was inspired this week by Tom Blubaugh’s article, “It’s easy to brand your name fast”. I loved his crazy idea of standing in a traffic jam (caused by a mis-park of your own car) and creating-an-ad-hoc- audience-by-flailing-your-book-from-on-top-of-your-car scenario and his warning not to actually do this stunt! As he’s listed must do’s for marketing […]

Reworking Those Old Works

by Meredith Bond Congratulations! You’ve finally gotten the rights to your book back! Okay, maybe it’s been a few months or years since you did so, that’s all right. The important thing is that your creative work is yours once again. The only thing is… what to do with it? You probably wrote that book […]

Can Beta Readers Replace Editors?

by Jennifer Harris Beta readers are an invaluable resource. They provide feedback on content, what’s working and what’s not working, and usually catch some of our pesky typos. Personally, I wouldn’t publish a book without the use of beta readers. However, their role is quite different from that of an editor. Yes, they can identify […]

Write, Don’t Talk!

Don’t Talk… Write! How to Keep — not Lose — your Motivation by Sarah Tun I once heard another writer make a comment which made so much sense to me I’ve never forgotten it. For novice writers in particular, this message could be crucial to ensure to get your projects out of the starting blocks. […]