I know I should've been ecstatic, but when I finished writing my first novel -- I was bereft. I couldn't stop thinking about Caroline, Andy, Lilly, all my characters. We'd been together for so long. It's not a secret that I spent more time with them than my real family. I never prepared myself for life without them.
Long before her days of bestselling novels, movie adaptations and jam-packed book tours, Kami Garcia was a teacher encouraging her students to read. According to Kami, writing sort of accidentally fell into her lap.
To figure out how much "power" social media carries as a platform, I felt called to participate in a blog challenge where I posted every day for the entire month of September.
It would seem to be a logical conclusion then, that bankers and occupiers are blood enemies. And, depending on whose camp you are in, anyone who serves to support one over the other is either a turncoat or a paid mouthpiece.
I've spent the past five or six years not only educating authors about how to build an author platform, but about how to position themselves in such a way that the platform they already have truly shines.
For some reason, people who read a book only under duress seem to think of King as the touchstone of all things literary. If you know him, your reality as an author is verified, whether they'll ever bother to read a book of yours or not.
Teaching and writing have long been symbiotic partners. It was common for the young writer to use academia as a means of support while they toiled away on their inaugural attempts at publication.
"Linda, Lyidia, Lindon, Lyda..." The acclaimed American short story writer Lydia Davis reads an ongoing piece of writing -- 'a false autobiography' -- of mistakes made about her name and profession. It's funny!
Inspired by the classic tale of Peter Pan, the book follows 12-year-old Jocelyn, who dreams of becoming every bit the pirate as her infamous father, the legendary Captain Hook. So it's no surprise that Jocelyn springs into action after receiving a letter to avenge her father's death at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile.
One of the key components of transformation and innovation is the business model, and since the ability of companies to transform and reinvent themselves is crucial to their lifeline, I went straight to the source.
Continuous articles in text are fine, sure. But do you ever wonder what the folks who author books sound like, in person? Before the editorial reviews? I'll give you a hint: They're all characters, too.
You can achieve success -- however you define success -- by doing practically anything that goes with or even against current advice online for self-published book marketing. The "self" in self-publishing means you've got the reins.
Cathy Lamb, 47, is a women's fiction author. Her first novel, Julia's Chocolates, was published when she was forty, in 2007.
As a young girl, I used to pray in my bed every night that God would miraculously give me blonde hair, blue eyes, and creamy white skin. After that didn't work, I had another plan: hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice.
While the vast majority of the messages I receive from readers are not of this venomous variety, most aren't pure expressions of admiration or gratitude either. At first glance, they may appear to be fan letters, but they aren't -- because they're not from fans.
Kathryn Craft is the author of The Art of Falling (Sourcebooks, 2014) and The Far End of Happy, due May 2015. Her work as a developmental editor at Writing-Partner.com follows a nineteen-year career as a dance critic.
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