When I became an author this past year, I applied all the "stuff" I knew about effective content strategy in building my business, to building my author brand and platform.
Currently, he haunts the Internet. He's constantly being quoted as saying encouraging, inspiring remarks your mother or your best friend might say to you when you're feeling miserable, or things you'd want on a thought-for-the-day calendar.
Years ago, a much more experienced writer helped me start thinking about what my time was worth when I was invited to speak somewhere. It's not just the day of the event, she said, if it's only a day.
Hope C. Clark's latest mystery, Murder on Edisto, uses setting for depth, and it has become her brand to place fiction in a real place. The locals of...
So you decide to do it yourself, go the Amazon way, make it on your own. You can now take your manuscript and convert it to a book with your name on the cover without having to rely on a traditional publisher.
Writing has allowed me to find myself when I found myself looking for answers. But most importantly, like Anne Frank, it allows me to build courage consistently to pursue my dream. I hope you will take the time to find your voice using your writing as your guide post.
You'll often read or hear the advice that writing is basically getting to it, sitting down and doing it, or more elegantly that 'The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.'
But whether authors know it or not, finishing your book is actually the beginning. This is why book launch parties can be a great promotional tool. If done right, they can provide crucial momentum.
Publishing a book that helps you build a larger platform and become more visible in your brand is a great idea if you are looking for growth and bigger opportunities. I am forming friendships with authors around the world. That, is priceless!
The Darkest Part of the Forest shows Black's skill as a master storyteller and her ability to reinvent the Fae in a new, creative and compelling way.
Maybe it was the "you can't stop me" attitude embraced by the author Win Charles, born with cerebral palsy, but absolutely hell-bent on doing every single thing that a non-disabled person has the privilege of doing.
Writing, like so many other things in life, is just not easy. Some days the words flow, other days you can't produce a coherent phrase. It can be maddening.
This isn't about hurtful comment vindication. Upsetting comments and their narrators will come and go -- what it is about a collective cultural tolerance.
It's a new year and that means everyone seems to be raring and ready to go with big goals and high aspirations! I love this type of energy that is flying around right now, and I've spoken to a lot of business owners who have "write a book" on their lists for 2015.
Whenever readers ask me how I started writing, I find myself stumped, because I know people want their anecdotes edited and perfectly formed. The real...
The Story of My Teeth, on every level, is obsessed with artifice and the slipperiness of identity. Now translated by Christina MacSweeney, in collaboration with Luiselli, the book mimics her own play with authorial identity. In the book, Gustavo Sánchez Sánchez, also known as Highway, claims to be writing a “dental autobiography,” though the question of whose words we’re actually reading later becomes complicated.
by no less than Chinua Achebe, to be a colonialist, ultimately racist piece of writing about Africa and indigenous peoples who are little understood