Over 70% of author crowdfunding campaigns fail, but you can beat the odds if you embrace your role as chief marketing officer of your book.
Author and ghostwriter Stacy Ennis discusses the process of working with a ghostwriter and how to know if hiring a ghostwriter is right for you.
Author Kirsten Oliphant explains how to get started forming a list of email subscribers, including how to choose an email service provider.
Web design expert Ron Bueker discusses the pros and cons of using WordPress and Squarespace to build your author website and brand.
Online marketing expert Beth Hayden explains how to use guest blogging to promote your book.
Author and ghostwriter Roz Morris discusses the necessary characteristics for a ghostwriter, as well as who hires ghostwriters and why.
Award-winning author Jane K. Cleland explains how to implement the slow reveal to add suspense to your writing.
A plot planner enables you to keep the larger picture of your story in full view as you concentrate on writing individual scenes.
The advantages of walking are well-known and long-heralded. Likewise delightful, the urban perambulatory habits of the flâneur. Less heralded perhaps are the practical creative benefits of stretching one’s legs with neither exercise nor aimlessless in mind.
Author and publicist Fauzia Burke offers tips and resources for doing your own internet book publicity.
Kirsten Oliphant details how to find, create, and edit branded graphics for blogs and social media.
For a love scene to move readers, it must embody the principle of restraint—in dialogue, in description, and in the characters’ actions.
Author Ken Brosky discusses his Kindle Scout book deal and his and Amazon’s marketing plans for The Proving.
Author Emily Grosvenor explains how she has constructed a Kickstarter campaign for her children’s book, Tessalation!
Author Jay Swanson explains how to find and work with cover artists.
Thriller author Todd Moss discusses the pitfalls of using current events as the basis for a novel.
Helen Sedwick and Orna Ross discuss selling international rights to your book.
Writers’ collectives can help independent authors gain an advantage in quality, cost control, and marketing.
Jay Swanson, the creative mind behind real-time fantasy blog Into the Nanten, explains how to develop a compelling audiobook.
Shepherding a Self-Published Picture Book to Success: A Conversation with Literary Agent Brenda Bowen
Sangeeta Mehta interviews agent Brenda Bowen about the success of the children’s picture book Sweet Pea & Friends: The SheepOver.
Editor and writing coach Kristen Kieffer discusses how to get the best out of a beta-reader experience.
Memoirist Benjamin Vogt discusses how evoking sensory details in writing can banish a writer’s fears.
Setting is often an afterthought when writing a scene, but it can affect characterization, tension, pacing—and more. Bestselling author Mary Buckham shows how to create effective descriptions for any type of narrative.
Author and editor C. S. Lakin offers guidelines on crafting your Amazon book description to maximize sales.
Kirsten Oliphant discusses how to effectively use Facebook pages and groups.
Chris Jane, who writes the biweekly Q&A series 5 On, discusses overcoming her fear of joining the Twitterverse.
Editor and writing coach Rebecca Faith Heyman discusses myths surrounding appealing fiction, YA novels, and readership.
Social media marketing expert Chris Syme discusses how to use Facebook contests and giveaways to turn fans into super fans.
Writer and blogger Kirsten Oliphant explains how to build your platform on Twitter in only 15 minutes a day.
Literary agent Jessica Faust discusses how she helps authors self-publish.
Agent Paula Munier explains how to imbue your writing with narrative thrust to keep your readers turning the pages.
Writers Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine explain all the ways authors can use Instagram to build their readership.
Editor and writing coach Rebecca Faith Heyman discusses three ways you might be sabotaging your prospects with an agent (and how to improve your chances).
Author and editor Rachel Starr Thomson explains how to use descriptive detail to illuminate character and move plot forward.
Writer and editor Zachary Petit discusses breaking into the freelance market with big-name publications.
Writer Joseph Bates explains all the point-of-view options for your novel and how to choose the best point of view for your narrative.
Author Ed Cyzewski offers insight into building authentic, sustainable practices in book marketing and promotion.
What Writers Need to Know About Freelancing for Content Mills, Business Websites, and Information Portals
Freelance writer Leslie Truex offers tips on writing for content mills, websites, and information portals.
Larry Brooks discusses how to create a concept for your novel that will compel readers (and agents and publishers) to read more.
Editor and writing coach Susan Reynolds explains some of the common causes of writer’s block and offers some techniques for beating it.
In today’s guest post, author Maggie Kast (@tweenworlds) discusses the role research plays in the development and evolution of a historical novel.
Attorney and author Karen A. Wyle offers insight into using new attorneys in your fiction.
Writing coach and author Angela Ackerman discusses techniques for identifying and connecting with your target reading audience.
Author Lisa Lenard-Cook explains when and how to use time shifts to heighten the emotional impact of your story.
Poet and memoirist Benjamin Vogt discusses his own personal journey to learn his family’s history.
Allyson Rudolph discusses some of her favorite experimental fiction, the day-to-day life of an associate editor at a publishing house, common problems she sees in fiction and nonfiction, her commitment to increased diversity in media and the arts, and more.
Martha Alderson and Jordan Rosenfeld explain how to craft a compelling scene and when it’s okay to use summary.
Editor Jessi Rita Hoffman warns against the use of “stammer verbs,” words that cause an unnecessary halt in the scene.
Fair use allows you to use someone’s copyrighted work without permission. However, invoking fair use is not a straightforward matter. Learn the 7 questions to ask to help determine if your use might be considered fair under the law.
Essayist and professor Nell Boeschenstein discusses how establishing structure can liberate your writing.