Learning the Business of Writing

I spent four years at an accredited university earning a degree in creative writing. Not a single class of those eight semesters involved publishing, marketing, or the entertainment industry. I do think that’s a major issue that the school has at...

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Marketing Using Facebook and Twitter Ads

by Brandon Varnell You’re a self-published author who now has a couple of books out. All of them are lovely, with gorgeous cover designs, quality formatting, are excellently edited, and—most importantly—best seller material. Unfortunately, you’re a self-published author, so nobody...

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This New Year, Resolve to Read Socially

It’s a new year and the traditional time to set goals! While we advocate checking in and making goals every three or four months, having a year-long view for writing projects is great too. Aside from the initial goals...

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Genre Studies: The Literary Short Story

For anyone interested in pursuing a formal degree in writing fiction, understand you will be reading and writing piles of short stories. This form of fiction is easy to assign, highly conducive to academic discussion, less time-consuming to grade than...

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The Ugly Work of Writing

Writing is isolated work, performed within the mind, transferred to paper by simple mechanical means, and then finally shared only after it’s finished. Like any art, the stages of the project are most often hidden, and the artist is...

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Writing First Chapters: Best First Impressions

First lines, first paragraphs, and first chapters shoot fear into the hearts of authors. Editors and agents stress their importance, demanding high quality, brief force, and creative genius to catch their attention and the attention of readers. Not good...

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Tuning Fiction to Your Audience

Every written communication has an audience. Even someone who writes a note in order to recall something later has an audience: themselves. Quality writing links directly with how well it meets the needs of the audience. If that note...

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Simple Tips for Smarter Self-Promotion

Certain common concerns spring up in writing groups and forums that receive mixed responses. One such general posted question might look like this: “What is the right way to advertise your book? I see people get in trouble in groups...

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Arm Yourself for Self-Editing

Self-editing draws the praise and criticism of authors on both sides of the self-publishing issue. Some roar that no author can produce quality work without enlisting professional editors. On the other end are writers, often facing a lack of...

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The Publishing Journey with Leo Kane

We're very happy to welcome Leo Kane as a guest author this week! She is pleased to announce the release of her book Hope, the first in her supernatural, psychological thriller series: Heavensgate. She is published under Dark Serpent Publishing,...

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