On Editing; For Writers

A finished draft of your book is definitely a reason for celebration – it’s a huge accomplishment! However, your book usually won’t be ready to hit stores until it goes through rounds of revision. Let’s break down the editing process.   There are usually several phases the editing process will take. After your first draft […]

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 […]

A Writer’s Inner Monologue: You Are Not Alone

Sometimes, the creative process of a writer can feel incredibly lonely. Romanticized as an idyllic bohemian fantasy of quill pens and candlelit inspiration, the reality of writing a book is decidedly far less glamorous. Writing is a unique career, with a lot of pressure resting squarely on your shoulders. That’s why it’s important to connect […]

Selling Books Online: Self-Promotion Strategies That Work

There is so much preparation and hard work that goes into writing a book and getting it published – and once your book is out in the world, your work continues. While your accomplishment is sure to draw excitement from your peers and your inner circle, you are going to have to expand out of […]