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7 Ways Writing Is Better Than Sex

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.07.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

You can go all night without stopping and still look great.

Simplify Your Writing to Attract More Business

Irina Jordan | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
Irina Jordan

Compelling writing captures readers' attention. It is clear, concise and flows very smoothly. Use these tips to simplify your writing and attract high quality leads (especially the elusive Internet ones!).

Write Now: Genus Editorus Rex

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.23.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

Good E/Ms are the most common of the genus éditorus rex. These, generally kind examples of the species, understand what you are trying to accomplish with your novel/story, but only work with you if your manuscript is - short of a copy edit - publication ready.

How Many Novels Should You Write in a Year? Bad Advice for Writers Has Your Answer!

G. Doucette | Posted 09.21.2015 | Books
G. Doucette

We've been dispensing official Bad Advice for a little while now (for instance, here, here and here), and we take this job seriously, because legitimately bad advice for writers is an art form, and we like to take our time crafting that advice. We have a laboratory. And white coats. We look adorable in them.

Interrogating Lawrence Block

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.21.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

After almost a hundred novels, an uncountable number of short stories, and cherished collections of writing advice and lore, Lawrence Block can lay claim to being the respected grand patriarch of the mystery genre.

What I Learned From Self-Publishing My Book

Abby Rosmarin | Posted 09.18.2015 | Books
Abby Rosmarin

After letting the idea swim in my head for a few years, I finally got the chutzpah to write (and finish) it. After countless read-throughs and edits, I declared my book done and facetiously exclaimed: "Time to get money!" Well, not so much.

18 Things Only Writers Struggling To Get A Novel Published Can Possibly Understand

Lauren Cahn | Posted 09.15.2015 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

You've always wanted to write that novel, and now you're finally deep in the weeds. You tweet "#amwriting" and suddenly you've got a slew of new followers, all of whom are doing the exact same thing. Here's a snapshot of what that pain looks like.

Self-Publishing and Living the LLC Dream

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 09.15.2015 | Books
Scott De Buitléir

Risks are abound in this industry and increasing every year. Those authors that don't take the necessary action to protect themselves may find that their "dream come true" turns into a nightmare.

Dear Self-Published Author: Do NOT Write Four Books a Year

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 09.15.2015 | Books
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Unless they're four gorgeously written, painstakingly molded, amazingly rendered and undeniably memorable books. If you can pull off four of those a year, more power to you. But most can't. I'd go so far as to say no one can, the qualifier being good books.

6 Unexpected Ways Becoming an Author Changed My Life

Angela Lussier | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Angela Lussier

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.

Online Reviews Are the New Word of Mouth

Jorge Newbery | Posted 08.19.2015 | Books
Jorge Newbery

If you still find it possible to fathom that there was a time before the Internet, you may recall the days when books were either New York Times Bests...

5 Things All Authors Must Know About Book Publishing in the Digital Age

Samita Sarkar | Posted 08.18.2015 | Books
Samita Sarkar

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.

Spotlight: Queer Books, Diverse Books

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 08.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

It was an incredible moment, and the campaign continues to change the publishing landscape. We need more books by authors of color, by women, by queer people and by people underrepresented in New York publishing.

Setting the Price for Your Novel -- What You Need to Know

Kristen Houghton | Posted 08.17.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Writing is more than just getting that book finished. The smart author will want to learn as much as possible about the whole publishing business. It pays for you to be knowledgeable about all aspects that concern your book. It's your baby!

What I Learned When I Self-Published My Book

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 08.10.2015 | Books
Lisa Marie Wilson

My whole point of writing, Traveling Daisy, was to help others through cancer. I drank a glass of wine and thought of the people afflicted with cancer that I could share my tips and advice to.

The Self-Published Authors Standing On Your Lawn

G. Doucette | Posted 08.07.2015 | Books
G. Doucette

For reasons I've never been entirely clear on, when the newspaper industry began its slow decline, the very best version of the professional journalist was compared to the very worst version of the Internet blogger, and somehow--perhaps we recently watched All the President's Men--we all went along with it.

3 Reasons Why You Should Co-Author A Book

Saba Tekle | Posted 08.07.2015 | Books
Saba Tekle

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.

Will Traditional Publishing Retain Its Dominance by Mandating That Its Authors Keep Their Distance From Self-Published Authors?

Brooke Warner | Posted 07.28.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Imagine my dismay this week to discover that one of the Big Five houses has a policy that bars its authors from endorsing print-on-demand books. Sadly, it's not surprising.

How to Publish a Book, Lose Weight, and Find True Love

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 07.16.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

After you achieve your first worthy goals, gleefully choose other projects: volunteer at a worthy local charity, run for office, travel to a secluded yoga retreat, or take piano lessons. You may have unleashed your dormant, inner warrior.

The Difficulties of Publishing a Novel As a Teenager

Mackenzie Patel | Posted 06.25.2015 | Teen
Mackenzie Patel

My novel is done. My editing is finished. My query letter begging established publishers to fall in love with my literature was picked over by my favorite teacher at my high school.

Becoming a Publisher: A Positive Choice for Authors

Kristen Houghton | Posted 07.13.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

The book is written, proofed, edited and re-read until you feel as if your eyeballs will bleed, you've "sent it out" and now the wait begins.

Guest Blogging 101

IndieReader | Posted 07.06.2015 | Books

Guest blogging can be a great way to get your work in front of new sets of eyes and your books on new bookshelves. But landing a guest blogging opportunity isn't as easy as sending off an email to your favorite blogger.

When I Grow Up I'll Be A...

Tom Ayling | Posted 07.06.2015 | Business
Tom Ayling

In 1976 Apple was started by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (Woz). In 1985 Steve was fired, publically humiliated. For weeks Jobs spent time in his dark room. He didn't contact anyone. He didn't go out. He didn't eat much. We all know this isn't how the story ends.

What's the Difference Between Genre and Category?

Brooke Warner | Posted 07.01.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

If genre is a category of literary composition, what's a category? And why does genre matter? A post on articulates a great response to "why genre matters" with the simple statement that genres are "a staple of the publishing world."

The Ultimate Guide To Finding A Mentor

Tom Ayling | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Tom Ayling

Steve Jobs had very limited furniture in his first home. Yet he hung a portrait of the great scientist. Albert Einstein. He studied Albert through and through.