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.
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.
Editor Gabriela Lessa explains how to use outlining to generate a strong voice for your characters.
Indie author Teymour Shahabi explains how to find an editor for the draft of your self-published book and what to look for in a good editing relationship.
Editor Jessi Rita Hoffman explains how to craft professional and compelling back-cover copy for your book.
Author Barbara Baig discusses word choice and how it affects tone, voice, and clarity.
Alex Limberg discusses attaining the perfect balance between dialogue and description in your fiction.
A children’s author shares her strategies for promoting her picture books on Pinterest—as well as what adult fiction marketing techniques haven’t worked for her.
SELF-e offers self-published authors a way to distribute ebooks to libraries, but without any pay. The team behind SELF-e addresses the money issue.
Journalist and consultant Porter Anderson explains the new SELF-e program from Library Journal for getting self-published ebooks into American libraries.
Writing groups can cause fatal frustration, deep self-doubt, and sometimes years of wasted effort. Learn the most common dangers of writing groups, and find out how to improve your group to give you more of what you need—and less of what you don’t.
Author Carol Bodensteiner answers the seven questions she gets most about working with Amazon Publishing.
Brooke McIntyre of Inked Voices explains what to look for in a critique group and how to find the best writing critique group for you.
Blogger Tania Strauss of NY Book Editors discusses whether you should outline your novel before beginning to write.
Thriller author Todd Moss describes his own marketing efforts and the marketing efforts of his Big Five publisher, Putnam, for his book The Golden Hour.
Should literary writers consider self-publishing? How it might affect their long-term careers? Two agents weigh in.
You’ve probably heard the adage that you must begin your novel with action—even if it’s not the main action of the book. While this rule is fairly well-accepted in fiction teaching circles, not everyone agrees with it.
When we talk about plot as separate from the characters, the symbols, the locales, the dialogue, and the philosophical introspection, what we are doing is privileging events over everything else. But nothing exists in a vacuum.