It pays to write a great opening line that hooks your reader and yanks them into your story. A great first line serves as a promise and an invitation we can’t refuse.
Our Contributing Writers continue to provide outstanding content, help, instruction, and inspiration to readers throughout the year. It’s obvious readers appreciate this content because of the amazing level of engagement these posts receive. Now I’ve got another treat—and a bit of a surprise—for you. Although the blog has concentrated for over 5 years on the […]
Could the reaching for the holy grail of perfection be really a shield and excuse to not go forward or to complete that book you are currently working on?
I just came back from Salt Lake City, where the most recent version of the Independent Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA) Publishing University was held over the last few days. It’s been many years since I was in Salt Lake City, and I was struck again by the crystal clear air and the setting amidst a […]
By Jennie Nash In publishing, everything starts with the quality of the book. Today you’ll hear from editor and book coach Jennie Nash. In the course of her work, Jennie sees firsthand what authors tend to get wrong as they write their books–the rookie mistakes, the glaring errors, the fatal flaws. Her post today digs […]
I’ve had a lot of inquiries about the new edition of The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide, announced last week. When Betty Sargent and I sat down to talk about the 2016 edition, we realized we had to expand it with advice and insight for people starting out on the indie publishing path. Despite the over […]
Last year I explained how I came to partner with Betty Sargent on the first comprehensive resource guide for indie authors. And how the book, with the help of readers, launched at #1 in several categories on Amazon. It was awesome. The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide gathered over 150 reviews online, mostly very favorable. But […]
Are you playing the waiting game with your writing career? Good things are worth waiting for and that is true when it comes to writing, editing and publishing a terrific book.
As things get even more competitive in the world of self-publishing, unless you’re in a very small niche, you’re likely dealing with hundreds to thousands of competing books, all fighting for attention. A “good” title isn’t enough. You need an irresistible book title that, most importantly, is unique when placed next to other books in the genre.
National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo or Nano, gets novelists and potential novelists moving on a rough first draft at least 50,000 words long.