By Julie Bosman (Published: May 12, 2012)
     For years, it was a schedule as predictable as a calendar: novelists who specialized in mysteries, thrillers and romance would write one book a year, output that was considered not only sufficient, but productive.
     But the e-book age has accelerated the metabolism of book publishing. Authors are now pulling the literary equivalent of a double shift,….continue reading

Tips For Creating Your Book Trailer
by Kathy Sattem Rygg
This past weekend I attended the Nebraska Writer's Guild Annual Conference. We had several great speakers, including Mark Coker, Founder of Smashwords, who gave a great presentation on the benefits of self-publishing and interesting data related to self-published books (more on that in another post). Another great presenter was Doug Sasse with the NWG, who gave attendees a crash course in creating book trailers. Because of the growing popularity of book trailers, I thought I'd share some of his information with you....Read more

When the Writing's Going Well: Ten Remedies to Demolish an Unexpected Block
by Noelle Sterne
Your fingers play the computer keyboard like a concert pianist, your pens run dry with astounding speed, your pages pile up like gold. "Wow," you think, "this is how it should be! I'm gonna go all night!"

But then, faster than a form rejection, more powerful than an editor's frown, able to freeze you in a single flash, a horrible thought zaps you: I can't stand it anymore!

What! Why? Your writing's going just too well. ...  Read more

Where’s My Voice?
by C.S. Lakin
One of the essential elements needed on your first page (and that continues through to the end of your novel) is your voice. This term is discussed in countless books, websites, and anywhere writing is taught. It seems like a...Read more

Writers, pay yourself first
by Maggie Toussaint
Pay yourself first. I heard this advice the first time years ago about financial matters. My husband and I were newlyweds with two incomes. A friend of his needed people to practice his financial spiel upon.

We volunteered, thinking it would be an evening that could have been better spent. Instead, we heard life-changing news. Pay yourself first. ... Read more
by Gail Kavanagh
Are you doing everything you can to promote your writer brand? Many writers don't even think about themselves as a brand, they think of themselves as just writers. But most well established writers are, in fact, a brand. Think of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and Jan Karon. Each has a strong Internet presence, and a definable print presence -- a brand...Read more

10 Ways to Use Body Language...
From Anderson Cooper show 4/6/12
Janine Driver, an International Communications Expert and Owner and President of The Body Language Institute, has built a career based on understanding people's communication skills, both conscious and subconscious. Not only can she pick up on...Read more

Your Brain on Fiction
AMID the squawks and pings of our digital devices, the old-fashioned virtues of reading novels can seem faded, even futile. But new support for the value of fiction is arriving from an unexpected quarter: neuroscience.  Brain scans are revealing ... Read more

How To Start Writing A Book, 1st chapter
Sometimes there’s nothing worse for a writer than a blank screen, just waiting to be filled in. Here you’ll find guidelines, advice, and inspiration for taking those first steps from blank page to finished piece. ... Read more

How to Find, Rather Than Make, Writing Time
I’m always drawn to articles about being more productive. I come to them with a hopeful expectation that some gem inside will hold the power to transform my writing time. And usually … Read more

Book Signings – Tips
Got a book signing?  Here are some quick tips to get you through smoothly. ... Read more

On Writing Poetry : Where do poems come from?
By Margaret Fieland
My mother was an amateur artist who specialized in portraits. In spite of the fact that her art teacher told her she had too much talent for commercial art she said she thought ... Read more

Mark Coker: Does Agency Pricing Lead to Higher eBook Prices?
The U.S. Department of Justice is considering suing Apple and five large U.S. publishers for allegedly colluding to raise the price of ebooks.  At the heart of the issue, I suspect ... Read more


Get those ideas on paper and keep yourself organized with the FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL Collection. Experienced author Karen Wiesner helps you take your rough ideas, brainstorms and notes and turn them into a usable first draft and then to a polished final manuscript. In FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS you'll discover ... Read more

Goal, Motivation & Conflict
The Building Blocks of Good Fiction

Goal, motivation, and conflict are the foundation of everything that happens in the story world. Using charts, examples, and movies, the author breaks these key elements down into understandable components and walks the reader through the process of laying this foundation in his or her own work.  Learn what causes sagging middles ... Read more

Plotting Boot Camp
Rose's Colored Glasses
Learn a methodical approach to harness your creativity in order to produce an in-depth plot for your next novel! Sound scary? It is-when you're staring at an empty page without a compass and a map to guide you through the novelistic jungle. Your DIs will lead you through four weeks of activities ... Learn more




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