Many writers would drool at the idea of spending a week at a writers retreat on a private Bahamian island, but not every writer is in a position to invest the time and money to attend.
Like so many successful writers of this era, Marie Force has built her career as a hybrid-writer, having published books on her own as well as through traditional publishers.
We want authors to write characters who take us on a journey and present us with questions that challenge our own beliefs and perceptions. And we as writers want to write the next Willy Loman, or even Harry Potter.
So if you, too, are thinking of writing a book, ask yourself: Who will want to read it? What is my art form? How can I better hone the craft of writing? What will be the value of it to our culture?
Barbara Freethy is a best-selling author with 18 of her books having become New York Times best-sellers. Beyond her tremendous accolades is an incredible story of hard work, dedication and determination that we could all become inspired by.
Nobody is made happy by any of this; indeed, its existential utility has increasingly proven to be a net negative, even as its formal coherence (once a strong suit) has begun to erode in the Internet Age.
Stop with the whining about how Amazon sucks or blah blah doesn't work (nothing is magical), pull up your big girl and big boy pants and spend that effort writing your next blog post, book or tweet.
"Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them, but you know they are always there." -- Eleanor Roosevelt I just returned from our annual ...
Evidence has arrived in the form of an article that British authors are earning Dickensian starvation wages.
Imagine being an E.R. doctor. The interesting stories you'd have to tell would rival the make-believe stories told on hit TV shows of this similar genre. Then imagine giving it all up to pursue a career as a writer?
These top 10 mistakes are among the most common I see in my work with authors. Some are about mindset and others are more technical oversights. If you've made any of these mistakes, you're in good company. The best we can do is learn, and spread the word so others take heed.
Write about what you know. It's so cliché and it's nauseating to even repeat it, but still it's something that needs repeating over and over and over.
As a published author and book lover, I am decidedly ambivalent about Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited project. Advertised as the Netflix of books, it ...
No, I don't punch a time clock, work on the assembly line or have a corner office. I may have the flexibility to run you to the airport, take my mother to the doctor, or babysit my sister's kid, but it's not because I don't work.
Publishing today is characterized by powerful corporate entities acting in concert to the detriment of essentially powerless authors. Something must be done to remedy the situation because it's driving a lot of good writers out of publishing.
In the end, what continues to rise up in the debate -- and what Amazon seemingly continues to ignore -- is the fact that books are different from the myriad other products that Amazon sells.
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