June 7th, 2017

11 Writer Survival Tools

Lately life has treated me like it’s own personal punching bag. My friends have made a list of all the things that have gone wrong. There are more items than days that they’ve kept track, and we’re talking months. Those same friends call to check on my mental wellness, my physical health, my emotional well-being. […]

June 5th, 2017

SHOULD You Create Your Own Book Cover?

June Stevens Westerfield

A few months ago the lovely Laura Drake emailed me and said “I’ve got this book coming up, what do you think of the cover I am designing for it?”

Ooh, tricky thing here. You see, if you ask me my opinion on something, I will give it. Even if it’s negative. […]

May 24th, 2017

You’re Writers, Not Waiters.

Kimberly Brock

A couple of months ago, I completed a draft of a new novel that did not stink so badly that I had to shut my computer down in order to get some fresh air. And when it was complete – after five years of work and revision and personal trauma and starting over […]

May 22nd, 2017

Publishing: A Decade in Review

Kathryn Craft Turning Whine Into Gold

The economic crash in 2008 changed how business was conducted in the United States. In book publishing, as the era of the blockbuster gave way to niche marketing, some of the lines previously delineating warring factions grew blurry. This is a good thing for writers who previously spit […]

May 12th, 2017

Knowing When to Walk Away from a Publishing Deal

Susan Spann

In the immortal words of Don Schlitz (made famous by Kenny Rogers): “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away … know when to run.”

Smart words for any gambler, but equally valid for authors. Unfortunately, too many authors don’t have the […]