Debra Eckerling

5 On: Debra Eckerling

Debra Eckerling (@WriteOnOnline), founder of the writers’ support group Write On!, discusses common writer challenges, the value of blogs, what it means to take writing to the next level, tragic networking mistakes, and more in this 5 On interview.

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Become a Ghost-writer

Learn how to write books for others, win projects and make moneyThis online self-study course is appropriate for professional, experienced writers. Be sure to read Roz’s post on becoming a ghostwriter to gain a better understanding of what a ghostwriter does and the required qualifications.Many of the books that you see on the bestseller charts and the bookshop shelves […]

Chang Kim of Tapas Media

A New Platform for Serialized Work: Tapas Media

For years, serialization has been discussed as a significant area of opportunity for reading and publishing in the digital age. (And note to the sticklers out there: I’m using the terms serial and serialization interchangeably to refer to any situation where content is parceled out in small bites and delivered on a specific schedule, whether the […]

Best Books on Writing

My favorite books on getting published Writer’s Market Published since 1921, this is the ultimate directory for finding publishers, literary agents, book competitions, and conferences. Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, 3rd edition This is an indispensable visual guide for understanding how to format your work for submission to an agent or publisher. How to Write […]

April Eberhardt

5 On: April Eberhardt

Literary agent and publishing consultant April Eberhardt discusses effective book promotion, what makes writing exceptional from a publishing perspective, her preference for representing women’s fiction, and more in this 5 On interview.

How to Write a Powerful Book Proposal That Sells

This is a comprehensive self-study course on producing nonfiction book proposals in the digital age. The focus is not just on writing a book proposal that will sell the idea, but that will also sell the book when it finally makes its way to market.In this course, you will:Learn how to draft a complete book […]

Leora Skulkin-Smith

5 On: Leora Skolkin-Smith

Note from Jane: Today, I’m pleased to announce the series 5 On by author Kristen Tsetsi. 5 On asks established, traditionally published authors and experienced self-published authors five questions about writing and five questions about their experiences with the publishing industry. The series is designed to educate and encourage newer writers looking for guidance and, frankly, hope. […]

Books

The Business of Being a Writer My newest book, published by The University of Chicago Press, offers the business education writers need but so rarely receive. It is meant for early-career writers looking to develop a realistic set of expectations about making money from their work or for working writers who want a better understanding […]

NoiseTrade Books

How to Use NoiseTrade Books as a Strategic Marketing Tool

Note from Jane: I am very grateful to Ed Cyzewski (@edcyzewski) for today’s guest post, where he shares valuable insights about book marketing via NoiseTrade (not to mention email newsletters and ebook giveaways). If you’d like to share insights from your book marketing experiments in a guest post, please contact me. First, a Bit of Background In […]

self-hosting your author website

Self-Hosting Your Author Website: Why and How to Do It

When it comes to establishing your author website, one of the more confusing topics is self-hosting: what it means, why it’s advantageous, and when you should do it. What Is Self-Hosting? Sometimes it’s easiest to describe what self-hosting is not. If your website has “wordpress.com” or “blogspot.com” (or the name of another service you use) in […]

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What Is a Developmental Editor and What Can You Expect?

Today’s guest post is excerpted from Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro by Katherine Pickett (@KPickett_Editor). What Is a Developmental Editor? Developmental editors (DEs) are concerned with the structure and con­tent of your book. If your manuscript lacks focus, your DE will help you find the right direction—the “right” […]