Competition. Why do we assume it is bad news?

“America’s business model is based on Capitalism.  Capitalism is an economic system based on private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profit. Characteristics include private property, capital accumulation, wage labor, voluntary exchange, a price system, and competitive markets. In a capitalist market economy, decision-making and investment is determined by the owners… and […]

Why self-publish?

One of the reasons we started the community is to help authors enjoy the most success.  by Tom Blubaugh Yes, I am saying that we should do all the work of publishing ourselves.  Here is why: No query letters, rejection letters, months lost while waiting to hear back on our manuscripts. One publisher lost my […]

On writing from an editor

Dear Author, First of all, congratulations on writing your book! You have accomplished what many people have only dreamed about. Only you know how much you poured your heart into your work—sweating over finding the right word, writing and re-writing, and stressing whether or not your book was worth it. Yes, your book is worth […]

Where’s your book?

  By Belinda Forgy I remember as a little girl, writing short stories about mythical creatures and cute little kids and everyone would tell me how good I was at it. My English teachers always gave me kudos for following the story writing formula of a protagonist, an antagonist, a crisis and a happy ending. […]

Marketing Your Book: Permafree?

4) Marketing: Does Permafree Still Work? By Randy Ingermanson People ask me all the time if permafree still works as a marketing strategy. That raises a couple of obvious questions: What is “permafree”? What does it mean for a marketing strategy to “work?” I’ll tackle this issue as a series of questions and answers. Q: […]

Point of View: Diving Deeper

  Deep POV: The Silent Soliloquy by Megan Whitson Lee   It is my lady; O, it is my love! O that she knew she were! She speaks, yet she says nothing. What of that? Her eye discourses; I will answer it. I am too bold. ‘tis not to me she speaks. (Romeo and Juliet, […]

Creative Writing: Characters

by Gina Burgess Creating a truly good story is not only an art, it is a skilled art. There are certain skills in creative writing that do come naturally. Some people have a way with words that are incredibly interesting, while others have to work to get the same effect. However, character development is something […]

Breaking Good by Randy Ingermanson

2) Organization: Breaking Good Everybody has far too many things on their plate. That’s the nature of modern life, and it’s not going to get easier, it’s only going to get worse. A good task-management system won’t magically make everything on your plate get done. That’s not how it works. But it will make you […]

Write Well Without the Echos

  by Gina Burgess When was the last time an author tortured you by a character’s incessant thoughts and dialogues about a problem? Did the author write well between the repetition of story points? How much did the redundant reiterations of recurring themes distract you from the story? To me, they are annoying, clanging reverberations–great distractions. […]

Loyal Keeper of the Apostrophe

by Margaret Welwood First let me dedicate this post to my mother, the Loyal Keeper of the Apostrophe in her seniors’ building. Mom was happy there, and she appreciated the help and companionship of the caring and competent staff. However, many of these fine people did not speak English as their first language, and the […]