Novelist James Scott Bell identifies 5 common “rules” that writers would do best to ignore—such as “Don’t start your story talking about the weather.”
Podcast producer Devon Fredericksen offers four tips for authors creating podcasts.
Learn about the various types of email newsletter that are sent by authors—with pros and cons of each—plus how to choose which type YOU should send.
Cover designer Alexander von Ness explains the value of a book cover redesign and walks through several cover redesigns and their goals.
Social media expert Chris Syme explains why less is more in social media, and how to make the most use of primary and secondary social media channels.
As a product of the human brain, writing is particularly influenced by emotions, moods, and worldviews. Learn how to create a mindset conducive to writing.
Learn how to determine what genre you’re writing in and why it matters—plus the difference between commercial and literary.
Stuart Horwitz explains how you can complete your book in three drafts: the messy draft, the method draft, and the polished draft.
The connection with your email newsletter subscribers starts much sooner than you think, in a place that many gloss over or ignore: your signup forms.
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.