Writers write. It’s the action that defines us. What do you do, then, when you feel like you can’t write?
The first time I published, I went with Ingram Spark because I heard it would be easier to get into bookstores and libraries.
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Is it possible to predict whether a book will sell well? Former publisher Jodie Archer and Matthew L Jockers, of Stanford Universityâs Literary Lab, built an algorithm to find out
An American Tragedy. Even though we are better educated than ever, we are reading fewer books
So you want to make money writing for top magazines? Read this step-by-step guide by a professional writer who knows what it takes to get published – and paid.
96 books recommended by Stephen King in On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
You didn’t do it. You said you were going to. You thought about it, dreamed about it, imagined what people would say when you finally did it. But here you are, still having not written a book.
As TV dramas get better and better, publishers are getting into the game with serialized fiction. Some are even referring to what they publish as “episodes” and “seasons” rather than “books.”
Smartphones and multitasking have stoked an explosion in audiobooks. Publishers, spotting a juggernaut, are expanding their offerings and enlisting star narrators.
In the late 90s, JT LeRoy’s autobiographical tales of abuse as a young man became cult hits, beloved of celebrities from Lou Reed to Winona Ryder. Then the baffling story of the authorâs true identity emerged. A new film reveals the makings of the myth
Most readers of fiction in North America are, by a wide margin, women. The books are being marketed to them
A generation of readers raised on Harry Potter has had a knock-on effect on demand for fantasy fiction, and left publishers scrambling to sign up women
Scientists at the Computational Story Laboratory have analyzed novels to identify the building blocks of all stories…
For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested, in a clinical way, in silence…
These are the seven lessons I learned as an amateur writer that helped me to become a full-time writer.
How much do you really need to say to put a sentence together?
All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness…
Have you ever felt like such a fake as a blogger and a writer that you want to walk away and never feel that way again?
Using these tools you can secure your content and maintain your authorship. They take some time and effort to use, but arenât you and your writing worth it?
Many authors who sell their work directly on platforms like Amazon are having their stories plagiarized, which can take an emotional and financial toll…
Heading home on the train from class one night, a college friend recognized me and walked over. We did what many New Yorkers do when they see a familiar face in transit…
So you’ve made a plan for the next seven months. For a month or two, everything goes fine. You’re writing regularly, hitting your targets, and feeling great about your progress. And then something happens. You’re knocked off-course…
“Two months work to do over again… I was pretty mad but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically.”
You said that I was trying to turn you into a thriller when you were really a literary novel. You wanted character; I knew agents wanted plot. We fought.
Does it work?
Like a lot of avid readers, I enjoyed Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up but bristled when it came to the section about books. The gist of her now-famous method is this: go through¦
Not all blocks of free time are created equal. Follow these steps to find your best time to write.
When you cobble together various writing jobs to get by, it can be easy to forget you’re an artist, too…
Don’t hold your breath.
A branch of Oxfam in Swansea has asked donors to bring less Fifty Shades and more 60s vinyl. Are Britains charity shops stuffed with more bestselling soft porn than they know what to do with?
Number 5: Big books are a great arm workout, no gym required.
Have you ever given up on a writing project part-way through, perhaps after months or years of work? I’ve abandoned plenty (three novels and two blogs, at the last count). I’ve also stuck with others even when I thought […]
The writer says he missed an end-of-year deadline to finish Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the Game of Thrones series. The delay means the show will air the next season before its source material.
Author Ed Cyzewski offers insight into building authentic, sustainable practices in book marketing and promotion.
If collaboration is all the rage, is the great creative individual a thing of the past? Not so, according to these three reasons from Demian Farnworth.
The #1 problem every blogger tries to solve is productivity. No matter how cool you are, you need to write…
Here we have a refreshingly honest look into the daily routine of a professional wordsmith. It’s a play-by-play that provides insight into some of the best practices, habits and subjective experiences of best-selling author Ryan Holiday.
Why do we return again and again to Shakespeare’s plays, why do we keep rewriting them? Is it in hope that some of his genius will rub off? Are we searching for new possibilities for interpretation?
Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody….
NaNoWriMo is upon us again! It is intimidating, but it’s not as hard as it looks. And with these five tips, it’ll look even easier.
Online retailer files lawsuit in US against people whose names it says it does not know, claiming they offer reviews for sale
Find out how to keep these 5 lies writers tell themselves from holding you back from being the writer you dream of being.
November 1-30. The world needs your novel. Here’s how it works…
Those snippets of praise on book covers have been around for over 150 years (at least). But how do they get there â and why? The answers are more complicated, and compelling, than you might think.
Maybe you’re kind of stuck in a place where I was and your only writing when you feel inspired and can fit it in here and there.
Debut father and debut novelist Rob Hart talks to other parent-writers about baby-proofing bookshelves, finding time to write, and how to keep proprieties in order.
Madeline Martin shares 7 things all authors should do before getting published to stay ahead of the game.
You’ve probably heard the term “emotional intelligence” lots of times. Did you know it was something that could help writers do their work better?
Indie author Teymour Shahabi explains how to find an editor for the draft of your self-published book and what to look for in a good editing relationship.
In this post, let’s talk about how to get back into writing once you’ve lost your writing groove….
In seventh grade, I started hanging out with a girl who wore thick, dark eyeliner and convinced me to shoplift. Weâd walk to Main Street after school. One of my favorite shops was the office supply…
A growing number of authors with serious literary cred are finding greater financial successâand a welcoming communityâin the romance business.
If you’d rather head for a root canal than sit down in front of a keyboard and start typing – Here are 6 ways to build an audience without writing a word…