When Should You Omit A Character?

#Characters #Writing #Books Telling a story will usually involve a plot centered around several characters tied to the story, either directly or indirectly: The main characters (or protagonists) of the story, the secondary characters who the main character interacts with, and the auxiliary characters who are tangential to plot, but may not necessarily interact with […]

Several Great Reasons to Write a Book

#Writer #Whywriteabook Behind every novel, is another fascinating story – the journey of the writer who chose to share their insights, feelings and inner world through words. There are an endless number of circumstances and events that lead people on the path toward publishing their work, but if you’ve ever found yourself wondering whether you […]

Don’t Get Sucked Into Vanity Publishing

Any writer can commiserate: once you’ve toiled away at your book (through several edits and retooling of characters) to get your manuscript just right, there’s a limited amount of creative energy left in the reserve to tend to the list of other elements that need completion before your book is ready to be published. Most […]

Marketing Tips To Increase Book Sales

In a perfect world, your book would sell itself. But in reality, independent writers have to wear many hats, including one as a marketing strategist.  Unsurprisingly, there are generally two camps of writers: those who are put off by the responsibility of marketing and publishing their own work, and those who are excited to extend […]

Time Management Tips for Writers

You might have an amazing idea for a plot, a passion for the written word, a drive to publish a book and all the latest technology at your fingertips. However, a book can’t write itself, and certainly not if you are missing the most necessary thing: time. Let’s face it – most of our time […]

Writing a First Person Narrative

An aspect that has a direct influence on the mood and style of a novel’s narrative is the perspective through which the writer narrates. Whether it is in first or third person, often, the writers’ decision is guided through their own creative influences and genre preferences. Authors who read predominantly one or the other will […]

Beta readers: a writer’s secret weapon

It is rare to find a writer who has never doubted that their work will be appreciated, understood, or credible to their audience. While those fears can be assuaged with the help of a developmental and literary editor, the best way to really get inside a reader’s head is to send your work to readers! […]

Shattering Common Myths About Writing A Book

Once you have begun the process of writing your first book, chances are you’ve encountered at least one setback – whether logistical, creative, or even a mental block. Add to this the many myths you hear about the writing process, and you may find yourself struggling to sort fact from fiction! But before you get […]

A Guide to Intellectual Property: Frequently Asked Questions

You may be surprised to know that once you have written even just a portion of your book, your book is automatically copyrighted – that means, you have full ownership of your book, which grants you the exclusive right to reproduce the work, prepare derivative works, distribute copies for sale or trade (or even transfer […]

Should you leave your story open-ended?

Both writers and readers look forward to the last chapter in the book. While the writers yearn to finally finish their manuscript, readers are eager to know how the story ends, and where the characters end up. As a reader, you have probably encountered stories that choose to remain open-ended, leaving the readers to wonder […]