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 […]

January 4th, 2017

7 Tips to “Level Up” Your Writing Career

We’re at the beginning of another year. On Monday, we posted our annual “Word of the Year” blog. My main word is focus, but that’s not my only word. I have seven more that are going to help me make major gains in my writing skill and my writing career. I hope they can help you to get where […]

January 2nd, 2017

What word will guide your writing life in 2017?

The start of a new year has most of us reflecting on the previous year and making grand plans for the coming year. I don’t make resolutions. To me, they’re empty wishes. I set goals. And each year, I think of one word that will guide me through the year and keep me on track […]

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, […]