By Sarah Kolb-Williams In part one, we looked at a few production mistakes new authors can make. Today, we’ll focus on mistakes to avoid while finalizing your files and publishing your book. 6. Skipping the Ebook If you love holding printed books, you might assume your readers feel the same … [Read more...] about Don’t Make These 10 Self-Publishing Mistakes – Part 2
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What's better than being able to say a new book is coming soon? Sharing that it has close ties to The Emotion Thesaurus, of course! Emotion is HUGE in storytelling, so we're circling back to bring you The Emotion Amplifier Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Stress and Volatility. If … [Read more...] about Writers, A New Thesaurus Guide Is On The Way!
By Sarah Kolb-Williams I’ve been a freelance book editor for over fifteen years, and I’ve had the privilege of editing hundreds of books. Unfortunately, I’ve seen authors invest serious money only to make publishing mistakes that cost them visibility, sales, and hope. If you’re … [Read more...] about Don’t Make These 10 Self-Publishing Mistakes!
Remember the scene in Pirates of the Caribbean when Captain Barbossa explains the pirate’s code? “The code is more what you’d call guidelines than actual rules.” Writing fantasy is a bit like the pirate’s code. There aren’t any rules, exactly, which is what makes it so fun to write. You can allow … [Read more...] about The Pirate’s Guide to Writing Fantasy
Hey, wonderfulwriterly people! It’s time for Phenomenal First Pages, our monthly critique contest. So, if you need a bit of help with your first page, today's the day to enter for a chance to win professional feedback! This contest is closed. Please try again next month. If you’d like to be … [Read more...] about Phenomenal First Pages Contest
Begin Each Scene in Your Book with Grounding Have you ever been running late, and found yourself scrambling around your house, looking for your car keys? Where did you leave them – on the kitchen counter? By the front door? Oh wait, you went up to your bedroom to get something. You race up the … [Read more...] about Four Must-Haves in the First Two Paragraphs of Every Chapter or Scene
Valentine's Day is coming, and people have big feelings about it. On one hand, it's nice to have a set day to celebrate loved ones, but on the other, pressure to buy overpriced chocolates and flowers to 'show' love can cast a shadow on things. Me? I think gifts are nice to give and receive, but … [Read more...] about Why Writers Should Be Their Own Valentine This Year
A turning point (also known as a “plot turn” or “plot point”) changes the direction of the story, through an action or a revelation. The protagonist was going one direction, and an event takes place or information is revealed, and the protagonist is now on a different trajectory. Major turning … [Read more...] about Mastering Turning Points in Relationship Plots
I want to write a book. You remember when this big idea first hit, right? Maybe you were browsing for books, waiting for an author’s autograph, or sitting in awe after finishing a great novel. The idea took hold of you, and soon you found yourself buying notebooks, pens, and sticky notes. You … [Read more...] about How to Write Your First Book
Is it just me or did the month of January fly by? Seems like I was just putting away Christmas decorations and gearing up for the new year. January's always a busy time for Angela and me because it's when we do our annual planning—figuring out what our goals should be and how we should allocate … [Read more...] about What Are Your Questions about Writing & the Business Side of Being an Author?
Have you ever been a bit hazy on the difference between conflict and tension? If so, you aren’t alone. It’s common to confuse the two because they’re often used together to deliver a one-two dramatic punch. The difference between them is subtle, but important: Conflict is a force that stands … [Read more...] about Tension and the Power of Unanswered Questions
Ah, the euphoria of holding one’s own book. Nothing compares, does it? In that moment, the months (or years) of writing, revising, editing, polishing, and finally publishing are in the rear view mirror. All we know is the joy of seeing our hard work compressed into pages and fitted with a stunning … [Read more...] about The One Rule No Writer Should Break