writers

How to Get on the New York Times Bestseller List

  by Lindsay Flanagan The New York Times  Bestseller List. The very name sends shivers down your writer’s spine. You envision your books will one day be emblazoned with the badge of honor that counts you as a New York Times  Bestselling Author. You know it’s a pretty cool list, and you know you’d like…

Top Three Short Story Mistakes

by Kristin Ammerman Bestselling authors such as Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Jeff Wheeler, Cassandra Clare, Neil Gaiman, and others write novels as well as short stories. There are several reasons why novelists also write short stories. Sense of accomplishment: Writing something shorter that can be accomplished in a month rather than a year (or…

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…

Suspense vs. Mystery in Any Genre

Two Steps Ahead or Two Steps Behind? by Amy Maida Wadsworth Whether you want to write a bona fide mystery with all the genre conventions or are just looking to weave some nail-biting suspense or an air of mystery into your romance or sci-fi, the key to snagging your readers’ interest is in filling them…

Reading like a Writer

by Sabine Berlin If you’re a writer, chances are you have probably asked the age-old question: What is the best thing I can do for my writing? The answer is almost always the same: write and read—sometimes in that order, sometimes not, but if you want to become a writer you should always do these two…