Fair use allows you to use someone’s copyrighted work without permission. However, invoking fair use is not a straightforward matter. Learn the 7 questions to ask to help determine if your use might be considered fair under the law.
Essayist and professor Nell Boeschenstein discusses how establishing structure can liberate your writing.
Sandra Gulland discusses the delicate process of blending of fact and fiction, the allure of unhappy endings, the publishing industry then vs. now, preparation for public readings/signings, and more.
Be careful before applying someone else’s social media advice to your situation.
Editor Gabriela Lessa explains how to use outlining to generate a strong voice for your characters.
To sell products and services directly through your website, here are a few services and tools to get up and running fast (no coding or tech help required).
Indie author Teymour Shahabi explains how to find an editor for the draft of your self-published book and what to look for in a good editing relationship.
Editor Jessi Rita Hoffman explains how to craft professional and compelling back-cover copy for your book.
Literary agent Mollie Glick on what drew her to being an agent, what kind of query letter gets a quick delete, thoughts on chick lit, and more in this 5 On interview.
Understand the 7 sins of memory, and how to use these sins to convey greater meaning and truth in your stories.
Author Barbara Baig discusses word choice and how it affects tone, voice, and clarity.
A growing number of authors with serious literary cred are finding greater financial success—and a welcoming community—in the romance business.
Alex Limberg discusses attaining the perfect balance between dialogue and description in your fiction.
Craig Lancaster talks about his surprise success, what he learned from his most memorable rejection, why he gets so personal on social media, and more.
What authors need to know about the process of getting a book adapted to the big screen.
Asking an editor or agent to sign a non-disclosure agreement is not part of traditional publishing business practice.
How to improve the effectiveness of your email newsletter through very specific changes to your sign-up forms and content.
A children’s author shares her strategies for promoting her picture books on Pinterest—as well as what adult fiction marketing techniques haven’t worked for her.
Steve Brewer discusses having a book adapted to film, his personal writing and editing challenges, and the tricky experience of using a pen name.
SELF-e offers self-published authors a way to distribute ebooks to libraries, but without any pay. The team behind SELF-e addresses the money issue.