Technology can often be seen as an interruption to the creative process. Shy of the keyboard needed to type your next masterpiece, many think tech devices and apps will just get in the way. That doesn’t have to be the case though. These apps for writers will make your job easier and also keep you on task so that your writing can flourish.…Continue
Did you know that writing can do the following:
If you’re in college you have probably…
When I speak with indie authors about their marketing efforts, one thing I hear quite often is that they have no idea how to find people who will review their books. For many this is a huge source of frustration, not to mention disappointment, which is completely understandable given all the time and effort they spent writing the book.
If you're in that boat, one great way to secure reviews is to reach out to book bloggers. Book bloggers love reviewing books, and most of them…Continue
Book sales are very important to an author. It’s a nice feeling to see a book into which you’ve poured heart, soul and an incredible amount of time, produce healthy sales. The problem is that not all places that put up sales and author rankings are equal or tell the whole truth. A good example of this problem is Amazon.
I know an author who measures his…
Added by Kristen Houghton on November 28, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
Wondering how to write your book synopsis for the back cover and Amazon pages? Don’t worry, many aspiring authors find themselves in a near nervous breakdown when reaching this part of the writing process. Most writers agree on one point: it’s easier to write too much than it is to condense your entire masterpiece. Summarizing your book, however, is the most important sentences about you’re book you’ll ever write and is your solo opportunity to sell your book to a reader. We’ve…Continue
Added by Kristin Bustamante on November 22, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments
A few months ago, soon after I’d finished writing my memoir, Raw: A Midlife Quest for Health & Happiness, I had the opportunity to share five minutes of my work at a reading. While…Continue
Did you know that you automatically have an Amazon Author Page if you have a book for sale on Amazon.com? To find yours, do a search on the site for your book's title, then click on your name, which appears directly under the title. If you haven't touched your Author Page yet, you'll see just a list of your book(s), but you have the option of adding things like the following for your current (and future!) fans to enjoy:
I write a lot about blogging because I see it as one of the best ways to demonstrate your value to potential clients. Blogging takes effort. After you click publish, you want to make sure folks see it – and you want to extend its life beyond the hour and day that it is…Continue
Added by Bernadette Geyer on November 16, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments
The Magic of Memoir 2016
When I first saw the announcement about the 2016 Magic of Memoir Conference hosted by Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers, I had an immediate two-fold reaction. I want to go to this/I can’t possibly go to this.
I made note of the early-bird registration date and let the idea simmer. I’d wait to see how things at home unfolded and where the energy settled.
I wanted to meet the women who played such an integral part in the…Continue
Added by Dhana Musil on November 15, 2016 at 11:43pm — No Comments
My memoir writing journal unfolded without an analytical thought granted to the actual writing process. I had been a journaler, starting when I was fifteen when my mother showed me a pink book with shiny darker pink letters “My Journal” were engraved on the cover. She handed me the book telling me, “It’s yours.” I eyed the clasp as I took it from her, acknowledging my words could be sealed, closed within its pages with a click of its fastening.
My earliest recollection of my writing…Continue
Added by Nancy Chadwick-Burke on November 15, 2016 at 9:34am — No Comments
Keep Her began in a place where many of us writers go to think, to write, and to caffeinate – that ubiquitous coffee shop, Starbucks. If you stop and look up from your own latte or laptop, there’s always a lot going on there, teens doing homework, people on their first date, prospective hires being interviewed, chess matches, even mini book groups. And then – there is The Mermaid. Everyone knows her. She’s got that enigmatic Mona Lisa…Continue
Some words are hard to remember. I have to look up "supercilious" every time I come across it. Others are confusing. I still don't get what "camp" means when used as an adjective. Others are hard to remember and confusing. For the life of me, I don't know how to use "cheeky" correctly.
Then there are the dreaded words, or pairs of words, that are so similar it's easy to mix them up. Here are some common ones:
Affect & Effect
Added by Maria Murnane on November 14, 2016 at 9:46am — No Comments
ASSIGNMENT FROM THE SOUL FACTORY
When my third marriage ended in 1978, I immediately salvaged my family name and began a journal. I never kept journals during the marriages. Like silence and speech, marriage and private thought could not coexist—not because I feared someone would read my words without permission, but because I feared hearing my own voice.
Many writers have relied on journals and letters to help them to experiment with…Continue
Last week, I wrote a post with tips for clearing more time for novel writing. This post is the counterbalance to that one — these are the things I recommend you DO continue to make time for, even in the midst of your novel-writing frenzy. You’ll be glad for the investment once the madness is over in December.…Continue
Added by Lacey Louwagie on November 10, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Hillary Clinton certainly knows about broken dreams. The dream of being the first woman president, one I suspect she held throughout her life, has been shattered after a brutal campaign.
And then there are all of those women and girls who dreamed of a woman president and role model. Those dreams aren’t gone for good as some day it will be realized, just not this year. Hillary has helped to pave the way for a future generation, just as…Continue
Added by Yvette Heyliger on November 9, 2016 at 1:09pm — No Comments
Psychologist Henry Murray, founder of “personology,” is quoted as saying “All men are in some ways like all other men, in some ways like some other men, and in some ways like no other men.” The same is true of women. And the…Continue
Added by Roni Beth Tower on November 8, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments
I'm a big fan of applying for book awards. My first novel (Perfect on Paper) was originally self-published, and I believe that one of the reasons it got picked up by a traditional publisher was that it won multiple awards. However, like every book marketing strategy, applying for awards has its drawbacks. I…Continue
Tayari Jones wrote an eloquent post entitled, NaNoWriMo? It's Not For Everyone.
I couldn't agree agree more. NaNoWriMo is definitely not for everyone. Initially, I thought I was one of those people. I am a painstakingly slow writer. I labor over blog posts (which is why I've blogged sporadically, at best, over the past four years), articles…
Added by Roxanne on November 6, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments