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.
Here’s how winning a single major writing competition made the difference and helped me (and can help you) get published.
Here are three ways to avoid dumbing down our stories, our messages, our language when writing for middle grade audiences.
Regardless of your type of residency, it is important to use your time wisely. Here are 9 things to keep in mind.
Here are 7 important elements that you need to address (and fix) in your novel before sending out to literary agents and publishers.
Here's a list of common publishing lingo that you should know before sending your query off to agents. (And if you don't know what a query is, this list will definitely help you.)
Here are a list of 10 ingredients necessary to pull off a spectacular book launch party.
Video book trailers are fast becoming an effective tool for book promotion. Try these approaches for creating and distributing one of your own.
You can write that novel. It is possible to get published. I'm going to help. Here are 12 lessons I learned as I navigated the path to publication.
Writing conferences offer valuable chances to meet face-to-face with agents—but in the heat of the moment, nerves can get the best of even the most confident writers. Here are 5 steps to coming out on top.
I've always been a big nerd. But for one shining moment, one GLORIOUS MOMENT, when I finished writing my book, OH BOY, YOU'RE HAVING A GIRL: A Dad's Survival Guide to Raising Daughters, I felt like a complete and utter badass. Here's why.
The nonfiction book proposal is a unique creature. It’s an essential package that you must create to attract the attention of publishers and “sell” them on your book, but most writers balk at the thought of spending weeks and even months developing and honing it. But what if you could accelerate the process of creating...
No matter what the genre, a good writer needs to set the mood for readers. Whether it’s a creaky old house or the tense moments leading up to a final confrontation, atmosphere can make or break the experience in any piece of writing. It makes the story believable. In the following excerpt...