For a freelance writer who doesn’t have a query tracking system—or has the organizational skills of a bowling ball, like me—here is a simple spreadsheet to help you keep track.
Knowing a few important details about your character can go a long way into giving him or her credibility and life.
Let me just say that I offer these tips on writing historical fiction from my own limited experience. Doubtless there are other more serious writers out there who will glance over my measly list and scoff at its inadequacy—“Where is the section on research?” they might harrumph—and yet, I offer it anyway. I’ve lost...
There are a lot of challenges and rewards to being an author, and one of the greatest (and sometimes brutal) challenges is getting published. I think we’ve all seen people magically picked up by publishers out of nowhere, but my experience is that they usually know someone in the business. For me, it was...
Most books have book blurbs on the book jacket, giving it instant credibility. As a first-time author, how do you get quotes from popular authors for the cover of your book? Here's how.
Every life has drama: joy, loss, surprise, knowledge, conflict, wisdom — the stuff of a memoir. Writing yours can be a treasured gift to your children and grandchildren because it tells them something eloquent about who you are and who they are.
Here's how to create great characters and setting in your book when writing about the afterlife (from bestselling author Gena Showalter).
What once started as a group of 16 finalists who battled it out in round after round has landed on one champion.
The rewrite is tougher than the draft. But the right rewrite strengthens your fiction into something that lasts to publication and gains a significant readership. Boost your novel-polishing skills with these seven strategies.
It's down to the final two: Voldemort vs. Professor Moriarty. Who is the move evil book villain of all time? Vote now and help us decide.
How do you recognize a good urban fantasy when you see one, and if you want to try your hand at writing one, what’s the basic recipe? Here are the ingredients you need.
It's April Fools Day, which means it's time for our #AprilFools4Writers contest! Here's how it works.
Voldemort. Sauron. Count Olaf. Professor Moriarty. These evil-doers are your Fatal Four. Who moves on to the final matchup? It's all up to you. Vote now in our Arch Villain Madness Best Book Villain competition.
Without giving away too much of the book, I can explain some of the choices I made in crafting Narby as a credible, effective, even sympathetic protagonist, despite the gaping flaws in his character.
After a lifetime of dreaming, it’s finally here. My novel, Almost Missed You, is out and available in bookstores today! And I have you to thank.
Iago and Count Olaf survived, but Dracula did not? The Evil 8 is now set. Who moves on to the Fatal Four? It's all up to you. Vote now in our Arch Villain Madness Best Book Villain competition. These evildoers need your vote!
So what can fellow writers offer you, really, that your existing network of well-meaning family, friends and coworkers cannot? Here are five key elements to consider as you build of your network of writing friends.
So, you’re ready to write a science fiction or fantasy novel. But where to start? Here's how to create your fantastic world by starting with a single character.
From Lord Voldemort to Amy Dunne, we need your help in picking the best book villain of all time. Here are the challengers who made it to the Sweet 16. Who moves on? It's all up to you.
Years ago Bill Walsh helped me confirm whether or not you could use contractions with proper nouns, which I jokingly referred to as the "Klems rule." Here's what he had to say. (He will be missed.)
Why did I choose to write under a pseudonym? Why not lump all my books together under my real name? Here are reasons why I use a pen name and what you need to think about when considering one for yourself.
To pitch the right agents, you first need to know exactly what it is you’re pitching. Learn the subtle differences among the many subgenres of suspense—and how to meet and exceed expectations in every one.
There are many ways first-time authors can leverage social media to build their online presence and gain momentum in their careers. Here 10 insights on how to get noticed on social media:
After you publish any short piece, consider taking steps in two main categories (other than just Facebook or Twitter) to help your work reach an audience.
To help you achieve that all-important believability, let’s look at the three biggest mistakes writers make when depicting the legal process.