Anyone who's a writer will tell you it does have advantages but can be tough. For many, the challenges are nearly insurmountable. Whether an author of books, articles or a blog, the best of us embrace those challenges and allow them to shape us.
Book tours are rarely the stuff of high drama, but when one stop includes the scene of an infamous crime you claim to have solved, the tension and the room temperature tend to rise.
I recently tumbled across a book trailer for the novel WHEREWOLVES, by John Vamvas and Olga Montes which combines the legendary creature with a high school bullying theme. I caught up with the authors just in time for Halloween.
I have a clear vision where RRP International Publishing, my book publishing business, is headed. The goal is not just to create books, but create stars. I want my authors to be recognized as experts and the goal is to help them draw a large audience.
"Don't be somebody's wife," my mother said. "Look at Mary Ann Baxter, already set up in a grand apartment on Park Avenue in Manhattan." Mary Ann had been a model with me at Halle's before leaving for New York and sexual success. "Be an adventuress," she told me.
None of this misogyny rings true for a contemporary fourth-grade boy. Fourth-grade boys in 2013 know better. First-grade boys do. My own son knows that girls can do anything boys can do. It's not even a question.
I'm partial to novels featuring characters getting another chance at love. Those protagonists may or may not do better in their next relationship, but at least the "happily ever after" potential can put a smile on a reader's face.
Consider the time you spend blogging as an extension of your job as a writer. Publishing a book or producing any professional writing, is a small business and authors should look at it as such
Few things are simultaneously as tight-lipped and wildly ostentatious as the world of fashion. But if you're anything like us, one glimpse sends your voyeuristic tendencies spiraling. This month, the plebeians can peek into the beautiful madness through three new tomes.
I know how hard authors work on their books and how far out of their element many are when it comes to doing the sales and marketing. So when I see someone doing it wrong, and giving bad advice, I do my best to help--even when they're not my clients.
Hugh Howey, John Dumas and Danny Iny all have one thing in common. The bestselling author, top-ranking podcaster and profitable entrepreneur have a habit of giving their books away for free.
The creative richness and energy of the unconscious mind doesn't care how old we are. We are as young and as old as the characters we make up.
I'm often struck by the opening sentence of a novel or short story. It can draw me in and set expectations for what's to come. This isn't always true, of course, but a story's first line is the author's opening salvo.
Lots of authors worry about the number of words they write per day. Some even post the tally on Facebook as if they're in some kind of competition. A...
"Wilson wanted to put a face on the presidency," said A. Scott Berg, whose new biography Wilson is a comprehensive and deeply human portrait of the former president.
"It's Trini vernacular cell phone text speak," author Robert Antoni announced before reading an excerpt from his novel, As Flies to Whatless Boys, at a Brooklyn Book Festival bookend event held recently at MoCADA.
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