Are you getting the story out of your head and onto the page in your opening chapter? Here’s how to recognize and shake off the burden of knowledge.
I’ve been thinking about keyboards lately, you’ll see why in a minute. The keyboard is a pretty amazing thing. Invented in the late 19th century along with the mechanism to imprint “type-writing” onto paper, keyboards first appeared as the operational end of the typewriter. Up until that time, all writing by all writers, authors, novelists, […]
In order to write a great first chapter for a book, you have to start in the right place. There are two main ways writers tend to get this wrong.
Do you write the right chord or fill your paragraphs with words that don’t move the story or premise forward because you feel you’ve got to fill up space?
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 […]