Patrick Walsh

5 On: Patrick Walsh

Book publicist Patrick Walsh discusses effective social media promotion, what it takes to make the same old book-marketing advice work for you, questions to ask yourself when trying to decide whether your story should be a book or a screenplay, and more.
Ashley Scott Meyers

5 On: Ashley Scott Meyers

Screenwriter Ashley Scott Meyers (@AshleyMeyers) discusses the critical writing lesson he learned over time, what it takes to make a living as a screenwriter, and what it felt like the first time one of his scripts was produced
Elisa Lorello

5 On: Elisa Lorello

In this 5 On post, bestselling author Elisa Lorello discusses authenticity, using social media to connect with readers, rejection, and the differences between self- and traditional publishing.
Jane Smiley

5 On: Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley on necessary compromises, writing good sex scenes, and what makes her nervous about writing even now in this 5 On interview.
A portrait of Heather Hale with the quote: "Some writing is therapy. And probably doesn't ever need to be read by anyone but you."

5 On: Heather Hale

Heather Hale discusses the top five mistakes screenwriters make, the usefulness of online script databases, and how to approach a first screenwriting contract.
David Corbett

5 On: David Corbett

David Corbett discusses the decline in our country's writing skills, his personal approach to marketing, writing to the market vs. to the passion, and more.
Overcoming the Self-Critical Voice in Your Head: Q&A With Eric Maisel

Overcoming the Self-Critical Voice in Your Head: Q&A With Eric Maisel

Dr. Eric Maisel discusses how writers can overcome creative blocks and deal with internal self-criticism of their work.
Write Brain Workbook by Bonnie Neubauer

Strengthening Your Creativity Muscles: Q&A with Bonnie Neubauer

In this interview, Bonnie Neubauer, author of The Write-Brain Workbook discusses her own creativity practices and goals, her favorite means of gathering writing prompts, and myths about creativity.
Nadine Darling

5 On: Nadine Darling

Debut author Nadine Darling discusses her revision and query process, blogging, writing with children in the house, and more.
Portrait of Chuck Sambuchino

Interview with Chuck Sambuchino: The Keys to Publishing Success

Author and editor Chuck Sambuchino discusses promoting books, the talent writers need, and good writing advice.
Eddie Wright

5 On: Eddie Wright

Eddie Wright discusses artistic collaboration, why he adapted his novella into a graphic novel, marketing straight fiction vs. marketing comics, and more.
Sandra Gulland

5 On: Sandra Gulland

Sandra Gulland discusses the delicate process of blending of fact and fiction, the allure of unhappy endings, the publishing industry then vs. now, preparation for public readings/signings, and more.
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5 On: Mollie Glick

Literary agent Mollie Glick on what drew her to being an agent, what kind of query letter gets a quick delete, thoughts on chick lit, and more in this 5 On interview.
Craig Lancaster

5 On: Craig Lancaster

Craig Lancaster talks about his surprise success, what he learned from his most memorable rejection, why he gets so personal on social media, and more.
Steve Brewer

5 On: Steve Brewer

Steve Brewer discusses having a book adapted to film, his personal writing and editing challenges, and the tricky experience of using a pen name.
5 On: Nathan Bransford

5 On: Nathan Bransford

Author and former literary agent Nathan Bransford discusses (among other things) the ongoing emphasis on author platform, publisher and author marketing responsibilities, and in what way being a literary agent influenced his writing.
Hannah Goodman

5 On: Hannah R. Goodman

Author and writing coach Hannah R. Goodman shares her experiences in self-publishing and marketing YA fiction.
Jim Thomsen

5 On: Jim Thomsen

Editor Jim Thomsen discusses freelance editing, story craft, favorite authors, and his own authorial aspirations.
Josip Novakovich

5 On: Josip Novakovich

In this interview, Josip Novakovich discusses expectations vs. reality, the role of writing instruction, trends in writing, and more.
Every Father's Daughter

Getting an Anthology Published: Q&A with Margaret McMullan

Publishers rarely see any money in anthologies and frequently reject them. But one author was still able to find a home for her project.
5 On: E. E. King

5 On: E. E. King

In this interview, author E. E. King (Elizabeth Eve King) explains her approaches to writing, humor, marketing, and publishing.
Carol Hoenig

5 On: Carol Hoenig

In this interview, author Carol Hoenig explains what makes an author attractive to the media.
Robert Kroese

5 On: Robert Kroese

Robert Kroese reveals the process that allows him to write up to three books per year, and how authors can increase their sales potential.
Anne Perry advice for writers

5 On: Anne Perry

In this 5On interview, author Anne Perry discusses (among other things): what plot is not what to look for when
Brian Felsen

5 On: Brian Felsen

BookBaby founder Brian Felsen discusses the push against the gatekeeper and the prevailing belief that not being on top is synonymous with being a "loser."
Scott Berkun, The Year Without Pants

Book Marketing Must Center (Mostly) on the Author: Q&A with Scott Berkun

Full-time author and speaker Scott Berkun discusses his book marketing experiences as both a traditionally published author and self-published author.
Kathleen Rodgers

5 On: Kathleen M. Rodgers

Author Kathleen M. Rodgers discusses her approach to writing and reading, her self-promotion philosophy, and why she won't self-publish.
James Moore

5 On: James C. Moore

In this interview, James C. Moore discusses journalistic vs. creative writing, finding time to write when time is hard to come by, and what being a New York Times best-selling author doesn't mean.
Victoria Zackheim

5 On: Victoria Zackheim

Author and editor Victoria Zackheim discusses (among other things) the art of marketing when published by a press with a limited budget and the keys to successful personal essays.
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
Alexis Grant

Launching an Online Community: Q&A With Author-Entrepreneur Alexis Grant

What does it take to launch a new website and online community? A Q&A with author and entrepreneur Alexis Grant.
Joel Friedlander

How Much Attention Should You Pay to Book Design? A Q&A With Joel Friedlander

I'm very grateful to Joel Friedlander (@JFBookman) for taking time to answer a few questions about book design, especially as
CJ Lyons

Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing: Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds

CJ Lyons (@cjlyonswriter) is an award-winning, critically acclaimed New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She practiced pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine for 17 years before
David Houle, Entering the Shift Age

How Do You Find Time to Write, Promote, Learn New Tech, and Still Have a Life?

One of the most frequent questions I receive from writers is how to manage it all: how to write, market
Kitty Cornered by Bob Tarte

How One Introverted Author Successfully Markets His Work

The following Q&A is with author Bob Tarte. Bob lives in Michigan with parrots, ducks, geese, parakeets, rabbits, doves, cats, hens,
Peter Bowerman

Freelance Success Is About Process, Not Personality

The following interview with Peter Bowerman is excerpted from How They Did It by Diana Bocco, a collection of Q&A with 25
Avery Monsen & Jory John

What Is an Author’s Marketing Responsibility With a Traditional Publisher?

It is a pleasure to share this interview with two authors who are also marketing geniuses, Avery Monsen (@averymonsen) and
Beatrice by Ron Hogan

The Tension Between Art and Commercial Realities

Today's Q&A is with Ron Hogan. For anyone who's worked in publishing for more than two minutes, Ron hardly needs an
Brad Listi's Other People

How “Literary” and “Entrepreneur” Are Becoming Intertwined

Today's interview is brought to us by the wonderful novelist and humorist, John Warner. Odds are, if you care about
Sean Platt

The Evolving Model of the Entrepreneurial Novelist

It's pleasure to bring you this insightful Q&A with writer Sean Platt. As his own website states, Sean Platt writes
Going Geek by John Carpenter

Using an Agent to Get on Kindle

I've been keeping an eye on John Carpenter and his book project ever since we first started having conversations on
The Funny Man by John Warner

Using Word of Mouth (Not Media Attention) to Sell Books

I've known John Warner since my days as an acquisitions editor at F+W Media. He is among the most decent,
Amy Stolls

How Much Has Book Marketing Changed Since 2005?

Amy Stolls is the author of The Ninth Wife, a novel just released from HarperCollins as a paperback original. The