Understand why and how to break these 7 common rules about writing dialogue, and you’ll write more effective, nuanced and engaging character conversations.
Editors are always looking for knowledgeable, entertaining, dependable freelance columnists to fill their ever-recurring white space. Become one and enjoy these potential perks.
I envy pantsers, I really do. But for those of us who need to plot, I have tips on how to do that while still having fun with the month-long writing crazy of NaNoWriMo.
There are so many ways to get the word out about your book starting with your own community. Here are a number of strategies for you to use to promote your book.
From the moment you touch fingers to keyboard or pen to paper, you dream of this moment. Here's what it's like when it finally happens.
Start your revision by addressing these, and you'll immediately change your story for the better.
Learning how much goes into writing, producing, and launching a self-published book that looks pro and gets attention was an eye-opening experience. Here are the top 7 facts you should know.
It took one great professor (and one semi-explicit story) to teach me one of the best lessons I ever learned as a writer. Here's why you shouldn't censor your writing.
Here are the six steps you should consider when selecting the right publicity firm for you.
You can doom your debut from the start with these 7 (tongue-in-cheek) strategies for flailing, and failing—or, you can do just the opposite.
When you read others’ work and follow them online, however, it’s easy to slide into jealousy. Fortunately, you can leverage envy to your advantage.
A literary agent shares a real-life novel pitch that ultimately led to a book deal—and shows you how to query your own work with success.
If a literary agent asks for a six-week exclusive window to look at your manuscript, should you grant it? Here's what you should consider.
If you’re a self-published author, you know it’s an arduous task to get your books noticed, and as the self-publishing industry continues to expand, there is a growing difficulty for authors to stand out. Kindle claims to have close to 4 million e-books in its store, and I’ve heard recent estimates...
Events are complex beasts and the devil is in the details, so here are some key pointers to give you the best possible chance for a full house at your book release party.
Small-circulation publications are often overlooked, but they offer big perks to writers who are willing to reach out.
If you are like me, the very words “marketing” and “publicity” exhaust you. Here's what you need to know about hiring a publicist.
Here are five common causes of writer's block and the solutions to get you out of them.
Chances are, you’re not the only character in your book. Here’s what every memoir writer needs to know about invasion of privacy, defamation and the law.
Every press kit requires 8 main parts. Here's what to include and how to put it all together in a professional way.
It’s a new year, and the perfect time to recommit yourself to your writing life. Whether you’re still working on your same project, or just opening a fresh notebook or Word document to start a new one, it can be intimidating when you hit a mental block. And that means it’s...
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is an absolute classic, particularly around this time of year. And even if you don’t want to write exactly like Dickens, there’s something—a technique, an idea, a theme, etc.—that every writer can pull from Dickens’ writing. The following is an excerpt from William Cane’s Fiction Writing...
Your online home is your single most important tool for promoting yourself and your work. Here’s how to start today and build for tomorrow.
Between plotting, drafting time and editing time, you'll be surprised what the answer is.
After writing my memoir for over four years, I was finished, right? Wrong. I didn't realize I needed help whipping my manuscript into shape. Using a professional editor helped me do just that.