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Forget Amazon Rankings and Just Write!

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Book sales are very important to an author. It's a nice feeling to see a book into which you've poured heart, soul and an incredible amount of time, produce healthy sales. The problem is that not all places that put up sales and author rankings are equal or tell the whole truth.

What Indie Authors Need to Know About Their Manuscripts

IndieReader | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books

Before you have a printed book, you have a manuscript. These are different things, connected but distinct, like a butterfly and a caterpillar. Some indie authors get confused between the two. They have unrealistic expectations of their manuscript.

How to Take a Massive Leap Forward in Your Writing Through One Simple Exercise

Mitch Horowitz | Posted 11.19.2013 | Books
Mitch Horowitz

In finding my own voice as a historical writer, I benefited years ago from an exercise that I am convinced can help anyone to write -- and express a point of view -- more clearly and convincingly.

Author Mailing List Dos And Don'ts

| Posted 09.11.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: A mailing list can be a powerful tool for reaching out to fans with fresh content and updates on your writing career. But...

What Should Young Writers Read?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.15.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

Dan Chaon was recently taken to task in Salon for suggesting that young writers read literary fiction. Why? Because it's "terrible." But Chaon wasn't recommending that young writers read only literary fiction. His advice was actually more specific than that.

The Most Important Aspect Of An Author Website

| Posted 04.03.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Writer’s Relief has a subsidiary company, Web Design Relief, in which we design websites for authors. So, in addition ...

12 Presenting Tips For Your Next Writing/Publishing Event

| Posted 02.06.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Many writers have to work hard to express confidence in their own writing, sweating through open mike readings, strugglin...

Literary Agents You Should Avoid

| Posted 09.05.2012 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Beginner and veteran writers alike can be victimized by shady literary agents. If you don’t know what to look for, you...

Writer Wednesday: 8 Tips For New Fiction Authors

| Posted 06.27.2012 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: If you are dipping your toes into the sometimes-tumultuous waters of fiction writing for the first time, you might be ...

6 Ways To Be A Better Writer

David Morley | Posted 08.20.2012 | Books
David Morley

Imagination needs to be wired through intelligence; intelligence to be wired through imagination - through the practice of creative writing at every level of education and within every field of knowledge.

Writer Wednesday: 5 Signs That You've Made It As An Author

| Posted 04.18.2012 | Books

From Writer's Relief Chances are that you’ve technically been writing since you learned to write the alphabet on goofy, oversized lined paper bac...

How To WAKE UP And Stop Procrastinating!

| Hannah C | Posted 01.10.2012 | Home

This is a regular column featuring original fiction by and for high school students, provided by, an online community writing site for you...

Close the Door

Lisa Unger | Posted 12.27.2011 | Books
Lisa Unger

There's a village in my computer -- friends, fans, readers, and colleagues. It's a populous, sometimes chaotic little burg always bustling with news, gossip, opinions and potential excitement.

The Author's Guide to Great Networking

Arielle Ford | Posted 11.28.2011 | Books
Arielle Ford

Like sales, networking is the bane of many an author's existence. But networking is a skill that often means the difference between success and failure for authors.

Ray Bradbury's Advice For Kids

Boing Boing | Mark Frauenfelder at 8:12 AM Friday, Apr 1, 2011  | Posted 06.01.2011 | Books

From Zoe Triska, The Huffington Post: Ray Bradbury gives advice to children in this letter to William Stanhope....

Maintaining Your Writing Career

Andrew Zack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Andrew Zack

Your publishing career requires maintenance. And sometimes if you want the job done right, you'd better do it yourself, or at least keep an eye out to make sure it's getting done.