January 9th, 2017

Crafting a Powerful Set-Up

Becca Puglisi

As authors, we all know the importance of engaging our audience within a book’s first few pages. It’s called grabbing the reader: captivating them in a way that makes them want to stick with the story to its end.

Michael Hauge prefers the term seducing:

“Everybody likes to be seduced; it’s a […]

January 6th, 2017

How Bad Times and New Starts Affect Our Writing

Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

When I sat down to write this post I intended to write about writing. It’s what I love doing, and why folks tend to invite me to guest post on their blogs (which I appreciate). But this came at a time when I’m feeling reflective and optimistically hopeful about the new […]

December 30th, 2016

How To Spend Your Marketing Budget In The New Year

Sherry Ficklin

First, let me begin by saying that if you don’t have at least a basic marketing budget set aside, you are going to have a very hard time promoting your book, whether it’s your first book or your 100th. A successful marketing budget is going to be a key part of your overall […]

December 28th, 2016

2017 Submission Alert — Your Synopsis

Suzanne Purvis

A new year full of writing possibilities, hopefully including the most exciting possibility: sending out your submission package to agents and/or editors.

You’ve finished your novel, revised, revised, revised, and polished.

Your query letter is tantalizing.

Now you’re in need of the last, and most important, piece of your submission package–the synopsis.

Oh, […]

December 26th, 2016

Coffee, Chocolate, and Whine

Kathryn Craft

Turning Whine into Gold

If Facebook posts are to be trusted, all a creative writer needs to be productive is coffee, chocolate, and wine. Rather than flow rich with ideas and possibilities, the creative blood of many writers is a biochemistry experiment gone awry.

You already know why we rely upon caffeine, nutrient-poor […]