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Write Like You Talk: 9 Quick 'n' Dirty Tips for Non-Robotic-Sounding Copy

Whitney Ryan | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Whitney Ryan

When it comes to talking, we don't have to think much. Words and phrases move effortlessly from our brains to our mouths. But when it's time to sit down and write? Total crickets.

You're an Author? So You're Really Not Working, Right?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Most authors have some sort of a home office which is good and bad. Good in the sense that you have a quiet place to weave your stories without major disturbances from co-workers.

Digital Branding for Authors: When to Start, What to Do and Why It's Important

Fauzia Burke | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
Fauzia Burke

Authors, do you know your readers? If you know your readers well and can answer this question in detail, you could be on your way to publishing a successful book.

The Morning Routine That Enables Me to Keep Writing Novels

Warren Adler | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

What I have to offer writers here may or may not be scientifically valid for everyone, nor do I have evidence that it is the be all and end all for those who want to continue spinning their tales. But to those for whom novel writing is intellectual oxygen, here it is. Call it chicken soup for the brain.

A Neurotic, Tattooed Writer With Commitment Issues? Miles to Go Spoke to Me.

Abe Schwartz | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

When I heard about Miles to Go, a coming-of-age comedy-drama about a thirtysomething, tattooed, Jewish writer in Los Angeles with commitment issues, I knew it was something I needed to see. As that more or less describes me (sigh).

The Grand Conspiracy Against Publishing Your Book

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 06.15.2015 | Books
Iain S. Thomas

What did it matter how well I wrote? How hard I tried? Why bother rewriting anything? Why look for the cracks in what I'd already done? There was a vast conspiracy against me and my book and so, nothing was my fault. I was already perfect.

Get Paid for What You Know: Write it Down!

Jeb Harrison | Posted 06.09.2015 | Fifty
Jeb Harrison

If you're a boomer or on the mature side of Gen X, chances are you have developed a deep compendium of professional knowledge in a particular field. So, how can you leverage all the knowledge you've acquired over the course of your professional career in retirement?

Must Love Words: Entanglement Author, Katie Rose Guest Pryal

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 06.05.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Katie Rose Guest Pryal is the author of the Velvet Morning Press release, Entanglement. Katie spoke to me about the many roles she assumes in her life and how they all lead back to her "love of the written word."

You Will Find Your Voice

Honey Good | Posted 06.02.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

Sharing my life experiences as a mature woman by blogging comes naturally, because sharing is caring and I feel I have a lot to share.

Writing Contests: A Cautionary Tale

Warren Adler | Posted 06.02.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The rise of self-published fiction authors has been spectacular. Unfortunately the glut has made it difficult for them to stand out from the crowd however excellent their writing is.

The Savvy Author: Research Is Not a Dirty Word

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

While most authors don't spend the same amount of time as Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee on today's novels there are certain things that need to be clear and true when writing a book.

Why It's Difficult to Be a Writer Mama and Why I Have to

Dorit Sasson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Dorit Sasson

When I was a young and inexperienced mother, I wrote but I always felt guilty and selfish for doing so. Now I understand this what I need to do to emotionally survive as a parent and to validate who I am.

The Word Count Dilemma

Steven Petite | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Comparing yourself to prize winning and commercially successful novelists is not rational and can only lead to negative thoughts. Make goals, maintain them, and most importantly, write every day.

Making Pretty: A Conversation With YA Author Corey Ann Haydu

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.07.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Corey Ann Haydu is the author of new release, Making Pretty, OCD Love Story. We talked about what it means to be a young adult author and what she would like her readers to know about being pretty and being loved.

Choose This Day: Author Kathryn Craft on Healing with Fiction

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 06.30.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Kathryn Craft is the author of The Art of Falling and the new release, The Far End of Happy, a fictionalized account of the day her first husband ch...

11 Tips on Getting Your Book Published

Melody Moezzi | Posted 06.14.2015 | Books
Melody Moezzi

Becoming an author is a bit like becoming an acrobat. Few people know how to go about either; fewer bother to attempt, and fewer still succeed. There is no single "correct" path to getting a book published. Every author, every book and every career is different.

The Savvy Author: What You Really Need to Know to Be Successful

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.02.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

What you have to remember is that it isn't you who is being personally rejected. It simply means that a particular agent wasn't interested in what you wrote.

Irvine Welsh Talks to The Book Doctors About Writing, America, Rejection and the 'Sex Lives of Siamese Twins'

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

This book is very different. First of all, it's set in sun-splashed Miami, where Mr. Welsh currently has one of his residences. It's also written from the perspective of two women. And two women who couldn't be much different from each other. I must confess, I loved this book. I devoured it in a weekend

Broaden Your Writing Horizons to Improve Your Skills

Steven Petite | Posted 05.09.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Quite often, and probably far too often, aspiring-writers and writers alike, follow the mantra of "write what you know." There are multiple things wrong with that sentence.

10 Tricks to Help Anyone Write a Book

Richie Etwaru | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Richie Etwaru

Initially my biggest fear was "would I have enough content?" Trust me when I tell you, most authors suffer from too many words, not too little.

The Surprising Advice That Could Help You Get Published

| Posted 03.04.2015 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Literary agencies run the gamut in terms of size: from a single, independent agent all the way up to a giant firm with hu...

Finding Her Own Way in Paris: Meet Author/Publisher Adria J. Cimino

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.02.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Meet Adria J. Cimino, author of Close to Destiny, and one of the publishers behind Velvet Morning Press. Cimino stepped away from both traditional publishing and the United States. After her move to Paris, she teamed up with author Vicki Lesage to form Velvet Morning Press.

The Book Doctors Ask Pitchapalooza Winner Judith Fertig: How Did You Get a 2-Book Deal for Your Debut Novel?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.26.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Judith Fertig when she won our Kansas City Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for Books). She was commanding without being overbearing, powerful but warm, a total pro.

How Writing a First Draft (of Anything) Is Like a Trip to the Gynecologist

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 04.19.2015 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

(Authors note: I have resolved this year to write more creatively from time to time. So, here is my first stab at a piece I dreamed up while...yes.....

American Sniper Screenwriter Jason Hall on Screenwriting, War Movies and Being Nominated for an Oscar

Quora | Posted 04.18.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

A great character involves us in a way that most plots can't. Even the greatest of plots with a thin character doesn't involve us, but a great character with a thin plot does. It's all about character.