The Most Common Advice May Be the Worst

  by Angela Eschler Next to “Write what you know,” the most common piece of advice I hear at conferences is “Just write every day.” I always cringe a little when I hear that. Not because it’s not good advice. It is. But because it’s not the best advice for a newbie. There’s a context […]

Three Tips for Self-Editing Your Prose

by Emilee Newman Bowles Congratulations! You’ve written your true story or breathed life into characters who once existed only in your imagination—now what? Whether you’ve got fiction or nonfiction under your belt, now it’s time to take a look at your sentences, to smooth them out and make them delight your reader. So take out your red […]

Book Promotion on a Budget

by Heather B. Moore Months ago, when I was strategizing my marketing campaign around becoming a U.S.A Today best-selling author, I knew that anything I could pay for to promote my book, I could do myself. The question became time versus money spent. In the end, I decided to learn the ropes myself so I […]

How to Win Huge Exposure with Kindle Scout

By Rachelle J. Christensen Want a lot of exposure for your book? How about a shot at becoming a best-selling author with massive—free!—Amazon promotion? If you’ve got a fiction book, you’d better check out Kindle Scout, where readers help decide if your writing makes the grade. It’s worth every effort to get your book into […]

Avoiding Narrator Intrusion

by Emilee Newman Bowles Hello, “dear reader” As a young English Lit  student, I laughed to myself when a story addressed the reader like this. It used to be common to tell the “dear reader” the moral of the story. These days it’s passé. Even if you know you should avoid speaking directly to the […]

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