Perseverence isn’t just about finding the right agent or publisher—it’s also about refining your work into the best version of itself.
Building a platform is akin to making friends at a new school: invite, engage, be helpful, share and, most of all, be your best self.
Let go of description, extra words, and clever exposition. What’s left is a tightly crafted nugget of concentrated gold—flash fiction.
Authoring a memoir, the gift of hindsight allows you to invest moments with deeper meaning than they may have had at the time.
From Franz Kafka to Bob Dylan, history shows that letter writing can be a portal to discovery that benefits a wide variety of projects.
The horror author shares what scares him, the authors who taught him the most about the genre, crowdfunding, trigger warnings, and more.
Like pruning the extra sprouts out of a garden, sharper and tighter prose makes the details you keep stand out.
The Indiana author discusses publishing and promoting close to home, plus the logistical, ethical and legal issues around writing true crime.
The field is saturated, so many people wanting to tell their interesting stories. You wonder: Am I a good enough writer to keep doing this?
A daily practice can only succeed if we’re 100% honest about our doubts and weaknesses, because one area of denial can scuttle the ship.
Writing can be a lonely process, and it’s easy to feel stuck. Editors and coaches can help identify the common problems—and their solutions.
Experienced editors look for a story so engrossing the reader forgets that he’s reading—story in which the author’s voice seems not to exist.
It’s hard work and there’s no magic formula to boost sales, but you’ll also find a passionate audience and a strong sense of accomplishment.
To gauge your manuscript’s pitch-readiness, turn a critical eye to the query letter, synopsis, and first fifty pages.
Despite the pandemic, getting that proposal off your desk allows you to shift your energy to platform—a bigger deal than most authors realize.
In this interview, the bestselling author discusses her indefatigable enthusiasm for writing, the importance of writers helping writers, and more.
Whether using a third-party service to conduct a giveaway or managing it on your own, it’s important to protect the rights of your entrants.
Writing memoir won’t fix what’s wrong. But writing what you know will give you the kind of insight that begets a better sense of control in uncertain times.
Whether grappling with believable world-building or adherence to historical accuracy, these six tips will help you navigate this daunting genre.
Editorial reviews are one of the most underrated tools in a self-publishing author’s arsenal. Learn what they are and how to manage them.
The former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan discusses how a grounding in nonfiction can both help and hinder fiction writing, and much more.
Every book is a gamble, and publishers ask the same two questions any capitalist or gambler asks: how much should we stake, and how much might we profit?
Online or in person, the basics of public speaking are still what matters most: be captivating, interactive, and take your audience on a journey.
If your goal is to see your book become a movie, it’s important to understand the rights you grant—and the money you earn—during initial development.
Promoting a book isn’t a one-off event. It’s a series of actions: long-lead strategies, mid-range tasks, and sudden opportunities.
Why sweat the commas? To save your reader from working to decode syntax-level meaning, enabling full focus on your protagonist, your plot, and your prose.
One author’s experience with the pros and cons of promoting a new book to his community in the era of limited social gatherings.
In this Q&A, agents Stefanie Sanchez Von Borstel and Leslie Zampetti tackle the complications of authorship and literary citizenship in the pandemic age.
If the idea of facing a blank page gives you the sudden urge to do chores, the problem might be that you’re trying to write in a way that doesn’t suit you.
Writing about the people you are closest to can be one of the most rewarding experiences a writer can have—but also the scariest.
Librarians and teachers are clamoring for more history nonfiction for younger students. Author Tim Grove offers tips on writing to this unique segment.
In this interview, she discusses writing to trends, the limits of writing what you know, taking the time to discover your identity as an author, and more.
Unless a metaphor spontaneously suggests itself from your creative, subconscious mind, it’s probably forced and phony-sounding—and far from “literary”.
A goal 10 times bigger than what feels achievable is a psychological kick in the pants that gives you the motivation to achieve liftoff and sustain effort.
The science suggests that repetition can make a new practice reach the “second nature” part of your brain sooner, creating a habit that’s hard to break.
In this Q&A, Hill discusses why he wanted his memoir to incorporate the observations and life experiences of other Canadians of mixed racial heritage.
This post explains four critical types of book editing, why you need an editor, how to choose one, and what your editor can and cannot do.
Your friends and fans want to celebrate with you. When public gatherings aren’t an option, you can take the party online at virtually no cost.
Employing the science of captivating rewards is one way to keep yourself excited about and engaged with a big writing project, all the way to The End.
Your protagonist must directly influence or engineer her own destiny. If she doesn’t, she isn’t the hero; she’s a passenger in the story.
For first impressions to occur as quickly on the page as in person, try this basic foundation to help readers achieve familiarity with your characters.
In some ways, the idea behind neurohacks is simple: Fake it till you make it. Or, fake it until it feels real, because your brain can’t tell the difference.
For some, the most intimidating part of writing a novel is the plotting. Here’s one way: Puzzle-Piece the story together from details you already know.
Many dream of publishing a book, but actually sitting down to write one seems hard. Preparation and limiting your choices can make writing feel easier.
Past perfect is less common in the internet era, but isn’t just a formality. Without it, readers are ever so slightly more adrift in your ocean of words.
Because an anthology includes many authors, it can connect to the fan bases of all those authors and ultimately be greater than the sum of its parts.
A lot of the people who genuinely want to write a book never do so, because they never find a reason to prioritize their writing practice.
Too much free time can actually hinder momentum. That’s why it can be useful to focus on small challenges, always aiming just beyond your comfort level.
Don’t feel like you have to go it alone—others are on the same journey, ready to offer encouragement and applaud your hard-earned victories.
In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the top rung is where creativity happens—after our sustenance and security are met. Many of us are just not there, yet.