On December 9, 2009, I quietly self-published my book, The Anti-Resume Revolution, and my whole life changed. The day before, I was a career consultant, a blogger and a speaker. But that day, I became an author. This one act -- writing a book -- quickly turned my world upside down.
Writers who hate promotion do not see promotion as a creative act. These writers are highly attuned to the experience of swimming against that current, and they know to avoid it. For many of those writers, writing is the one place they consistently don't swim against the current.
In order to sell the steak, sometimes you've just got to build the sizzle around it. Entrepreneur E Brian Rose learned this a long time ago when trying to build businesses that eventually failed.
If you're going to have moments of self-doubt anyways, you might as well make it work for you. Instead of letting your doubts fester and grow into an unnecessary fear, think about why you are feeling doubtful of your abilities and use that knowledge to better yourself.
Writer's block is the dreaded mental stumbling block many authors have come to fear. You know, the awful feeling you have when your usually prolific talent with words hits a verbal roadblock?
Catherine Linka knows books. So it shouldn't have surprised her when, before her award-winning debut novel A Girl Called Fearless was even published, she was asked to write a sequel.
You may not realize it but if you are engaged in social media you are building a reputation. In fact you are quite possibly building one that will last a lifetime.
When you're a writer, you're not just a writer. You're a marketer. You're an accountant. You're an administrative assistant. You're a web developer. And with the rise of new technology, what these jobs entail changes almost every year.
Phillippe Diederich is a Haitian-American writer and photographer born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Mexico City and Miami. His short fiction has been published in numerous literary journals and awarded the 2013 Chris O'Malley Fiction Prize from The Madison Review.
Ultimately, it is the sweetness -- of the honey, of the sisters, of the sheer, breathtaking humanity in these pages -- that will make you fall in love, whether reading the book for the very first time or upon revisiting it.
Some authors, in addition to perfecting the art of the written word also practice the art of charity. Their efforts both on the page and off seek to illuminate and improve this world we call home.
You may have an entire book inside of you, or you may have to stretch your knowledge to complete a hearty book (which can take years). But when you co-author a book, you can share your story, your message of what you've learned thus far in life, and publish it quickly to become an author.
I wrote a novel. It has been months now since I signed my first publishing contract, and I'm still struggling to process the meaning of those four words. Writing this book has taken a personal toll. Still, I am certain all of that personal sacrifice was worth it.
I was able to parlay my past disgrace into my first book signing when the venerable Book Loft, the 32-room literary wonderland of Columbus, agreed to host. Great, but what if no one showed up? I called my friend John and asked him for help. "Give people a reason to show up," he said.
Every author wants his or her book reviewed in a positive manner. Realistically, a book by an unknown author starts out with a small chance of success while that same book and author can gain excellent momentum toward success with a number of positive reviews.
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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