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What Advertising Can Teach a Children’s Writer

Today’s guest post is from Gerry Renert, a three-time EMMY nominated kid’s writer, who has recently become a published children’s book author. I never thought I’d end up writing children’s books, especially when my first paying writing job was creating print ads to convince upper-crusters they needed a certain brand of scotch to announce their […]

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Writing on the Ether

C’mon baby, light my Kindle Fire. And watch out for sparks from certain NOOKs in crannied marketplaces. Beware bald guys bearing 3Gifts. Silk, Bezosense, and smell that? It’s the lighter fluid of Android aspirationals yearning to be treed like iPads for Christmas. It’s beginning to look a lot like Amazon.   [blackbirdpie id=”119057323443486720″]   “One […]

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The No. 1 Ability of The Empowered Author

There are many qualities of successful authors. But I think empowered authors have one ability that makes them more dynamic, effective, and desirable to potential publishing partners. It’s an ability to directly connect with an audience. This Thursday, I’m teaching an online class about how to find and develop your readership. The more you’re able to […]

How to Write Your Best Story

What Is a Story?

The following is excerpted from How to Write Your Best Story by Philip Martin. It may seem to address a simplistic question, but I must agree with Steven Spielberg when he said, “People have forgotten how to tell a story.” So I hope you won’t be too proud to remind yourself what storytelling is all […]

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Where to Find Free Market Listings

Note: I last updated this post in May 2014. Most writers are aware of Writer’s Market, the annual directory and online database that offers more than 8,000 listings of where you can get your writing published. It costs $39.99/year to subscribe online. There are also many free resources are available. Here are the best free sites that I’m […]

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E-Book Marketing 101

In case you missed it, my monthly column at Writer Unboxed was posted yesterday: A Checklist for Marketing Your E-Book. Here’s a snippet: Knowing how to effectively market your e-book can be a challenge if you don’t have any formal education or professional experience in sales and marketing. Plus, these days, the default strategy seems […]

Going Geek by John Carpenter

Using an Agent to Get on Kindle

I’ve been keeping an eye on John Carpenter and his book project ever since we first started having conversations on Twitter last summer. He’s a knowledgeable, savvy writer with a professional career in college admissions. His goal this past year has been to find a home for his book, Going Geek. Going Geek is a […]

A many splendr-ed shame: cutesy names for companies

Writing on the Ethr

“I messed up, I owe you an explanation.” You see, Jane and I have been misspelling the name of this new column. This Flickr-ed into my mind while watching Netflix shoot itself in the other foot with Qwikster. Reed Hastings, having turned “flicks” into “flix,” should have named the DVD service Qwixtr. It’s not as […]

The Memoir Project

Don’t Write a Memoir to Get Revenge

The following is excerpted from The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life by Marion Roach Smith. It would be impossible to count up just how many people over the years have come into my class hell-bent on writing a revenge tale. So here’s some hard-won advice: Never write a story because you […]

Barbara Becker with son and grandsons, 1990

When Mom Was My Age (#44)

When Mom Was My Age is an interview series between daughters and mothers. New interviews appear on random Mondays. If you would like to participate, contact Jane. The following interview is with Barbara Ann Hess Hershey Becker (age 84), reflecting on her life at age 63, interviewed by daughter Shirley Ann Hershey Showalter. Shirley has […]

Baggage at Rest

Writing on the Ether

The first time I flew into Heathrow, I was thrilled. Everyone was calling my name. “Porter! Porter!” Allow me to get your baggage this week. A valise full of numbers “In its one day on offer as (an Amazon) Daily Deal, Food, Inc. sold 14,158 ebook copies—an astounding number. Sales for the previous day were 9 copies.” […]

Far Niente Cave Library

Writing on the Ether

Your media sommelier here. Our first pairing: Noble, tart, and high time somebody said it “We agents, who have struggled to maintain a fragile sense of trust with writers, only deepen the chasm between our professional community and the artistic community we serve when we introduce more doubt into the relationship, and when we wave […]

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Has Rejection Turned You Into Someone You’re Not?

“Don’t allow your wounds to transform you into someone you are not.” —Paulo Coelho It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while, I hear a story (second hand) about writers who have been wounded by my feedback. These stories reach me many years after the feedback has been given. Every single time, while […]

When Writing Doesn’t Pay the Bills

In celebration of Labor Day, Open Road Media has produced a video that features writers talking about the jobs they held before becoming full-time writers. You’ll hear about selling blood, working for the railroads, and getting fired from a movie theatre. Writers featured include: Lawrence Block, John Lutz, Andre Dubus III (speaking about his father), […]

Melanie Rae Thon (photo by Andi Olsen)

7 Reasons to Tell a Story in 2011

In the latest Glimmer Train bulletin, there’s an amazing piece by Melanie Rae Thon, “The Heart Breaks, and Breaks Open: Seven Reasons to Tell a Story in 2011.” Here’s a small snippet: … [E]very time you remember an episode of your life, you are reinventing it: embellishing, deleting, altering it through fusion and imagination. If […]

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Telling Important Stories Through Apps, Not Books

Today’s guest post is by Steve Rosenbaum. In the past ten years, the very nature of storytelling has changed so much, I don’t really know what to call myself. I’m an author, a filmmaker, and a photographer. The one thing I know for sure, I have a story about the 9/11 Memorial that is different […]

Porter Anderson

Writing on the Ether

I am thrilled to introduce a new weekly feature, Writing on the Ether, by former CNN journalist Porter Anderson. Writing on the Ether will round up some of the best and timeliest articles related to writing and publishing that you don’t want to miss. Porter has been well-known to me since 2010 as one of […]