500-600 pages is big book big. It tells a reader they're buying something that the publisher has invested lots of time and money in. Think The Historian, Mystic River, The Secret History, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Books that size inspire confidence in many readers.
She was grinning from ear to ear. Her honey-brown complexion was beaming like the noon-day sun in the middle of a Texas summer. Her gait was a gleeful bounce -- the kind most kids have around December 24th when they know exactly what Santa brought them this year.
When you're 16 years old, you have absolutely no control over where you live and where you go to school. And if you're LGBTQ, that lack of control is multiplied by a zillion.
My dream revealed that anything was possible with God. My nightmare/dream told me that no one could harm me or permanently do damage as long as Jesus was by my side. I was told to come from behind the scenes and don't be afraid to shine.
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.