Writers Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine explain all the ways authors can use Instagram to build their readership.
Heather Hale discusses the top five mistakes screenwriters make, the usefulness of online script databases, and how to approach a first screenwriting contract.
Editor and writing coach Rebecca Faith Heyman discusses three ways you might be sabotaging your prospects with an agent (and how to improve your chances).
Author and editor Rachel Starr Thomson explains how to use descriptive detail to illuminate character and move plot forward.
Writer and editor Zachary Petit discusses breaking into the freelance market with big-name publications.
Writer Joseph Bates explains all the point-of-view options for your novel and how to choose the best point of view for your narrative.
Author Ed Cyzewski offers insight into building authentic, sustainable practices in book marketing and promotion.
Author and TV industry vet Greg White offers insight on how to write for television if you’re a beginner.
David Corbett discusses the decline in our country’s writing skills, his personal approach to marketing, writing to the market vs. to the passion, and more.
Fiction writer Douglas W. Millikin offers an honest and insightful essay about the biggest myths writers face about their profession.
What Writers Need to Know About Freelancing for Content Mills, Business Websites, and Information Portals
Freelance writer Leslie Truex offers tips on writing for content mills, websites, and information portals.
Larry Brooks discusses how to create a concept for your novel that will compel readers (and agents and publishers) to read more.
I am thrilled to announce that my 24-lecture series on how to publish your book is now available from The Great Courses.
Are literary journals justified in charging reading fees?
Editor and writing coach Susan Reynolds explains some of the common causes of writer’s block and offers some techniques for beating it.
Publicist Dana Kaye discusses why not to pretend to be a publicist, the question of gender bias in publishing and publicity, marketing mistakes and misconceptions, and more.
In today’s guest post, author Maggie Kast (@tweenworlds) discusses the role research plays in the development and evolution of a historical novel.
In a free one-hour class, New York Times bestselling author Jerry B. Jenkins will reveal the common plot mistakes he sees writers make, as well as his own personal storytelling tips—solutions that changed everything for him once he discovered them.
A closer look at a few of the “new” social media networks I’ve tried lately, which offer potential for writers who want to enjoy being an early adopter and creating a space for themselves in a community or environment that hasn’t become completely filled with marketing and promotion messages.
Attorney and author Karen A. Wyle offers insight into using new attorneys in your fiction.
Dr. Eric Maisel discusses how writers can overcome creative blocks and deal with internal self-criticism of their work.
Writing coach and author Angela Ackerman discusses techniques for identifying and connecting with your target reading audience.
In this interview, Bonnie Neubauer, author of The Write-Brain Workbook discusses her own creativity practices and goals, her favorite means of gathering writing prompts, and myths about creativity.
A few lessons I’ve learned after more than a full year of full-time freelancing
Debut author Nadine Darling discusses her revision and query process, blogging, writing with children in the house, and more.
3 ways to avoid long-term pain and suffering if you’re preparing to launch your first author website.
As publishing becomes increasingly digital-driven, how are the business models for authorship changing?
Writers may desire advice on how to better balance their writing lives and be productive, but few prescriptives are one size fits all.
Accessing the library market remains difficult for self-publishing authors, especially those with limited visibility. Here’s what authors need to understand before spending time and energy on library distribution.
Author and editor Chuck Sambuchino discusses promoting books, the talent writers need, and good writing advice.
Author Lisa Lenard-Cook explains when and how to use time shifts to heighten the emotional impact of your story.
Eddie Wright discusses artistic collaboration, why he adapted his novella into a graphic novel, marketing straight fiction vs. marketing comics, and more.
The visionary independent publisher discusses how to make money from writing, why books are not culture, and why it isn’t Amazon’s fault.
How do you build an online platform when you don’t have advice or ready-to-go insights (and don’t like offering either)?
Bo Sacks, a magazine industry vet, talks about technology, optimism, and what it’s like to put out a daily newsletter for 20 years.
Learn how to craft a strong novel synopsis, while avoiding the most common mistakes, including the dreaded “synopsis speak.”
Take a look at 5 charts that reflect current trends in the book publishing industry, and what they mean for authors.
Read my feature article for Writer’s Digest magazine that explores the intersection of literary agents and self-publishing
Poet and memoirist Benjamin Vogt discusses his own personal journey to learn his family’s history.
Allyson Rudolph discusses some of her favorite experimental fiction, the day-to-day life of an associate editor at a publishing house, common problems she sees in fiction and nonfiction, her commitment to increased diversity in media and the arts, and more.
Martha Alderson and Jordan Rosenfeld explain how to craft a compelling scene and when it’s okay to use summary.
Editor Jessi Rita Hoffman warns against the use of “stammer verbs,” words that cause an unnecessary halt in the scene.
How do you balance work on your art with work on yourself?
How an indie author turned a story concept into a full-fledged multimedia universe, including a live blog, illustrated journal, merchandise, and podcast.
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.
How to Sell Digital Products & Services Directly from Your Website: Advice for Authors and Freelancers
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).