Do Authors Have Influence in Designing their Book Covers?

Do Authors Have Influence in Designing their Book Covers?
Jun 06, 2018
Book covers are supposed to draw readers in and convey the gist of a book. Bottom line: they're important. But how much say do traditionally published authors actually have in their book's cover design? 

Getting to Grips with a Big Revision of Your Novel

Getting to Grips with a Big Revision of Your Novel
May 02, 2018
It's hard to revisit old material--especially complex narratives you've invested a lot of time in. How best to go about a major revision?

How the Hell Does Creativity Work?

How the Hell Does Creativity Work?
Apr 21, 2018

One Argument, Two Books, a Magazine Article and a TV Show: How the Hell Does Creativity Work?

How to be a Successful Novelist in 38 Easy Steps

How to be a Successful Novelist in 38 Easy Steps
Mar 01, 2018

No one really knows what it takes to be a novelist. Here's a peek behind the scenes.

Lessons on Writing, from the Sweat Lodge

Lessons on Writing, from the Sweat Lodge
Feb 07, 2018
I think every writer is a daredevil. By putting your work out there to be judged, you're willingly being vulnerable. That takes real courage.

Tips on Attending Writers Conferences

Tips on Attending Writers Conferences
Jan 21, 2018
Conferences can be challengin for introverted writers. Here are some tips to not only get through the experince, but to really get something out of it:

Author Newsletters--Yay or Nay?

Author Newsletters--Yay or Nay?
Jan 03, 2018
Media marketing experts agree that maintaining a robust newsletter is one of the best ways for an author to build a core audience. Should YOU have one?

Top Four Writers' Phobias, and What to Do About Them

Top Four Writers' Phobias, and What to Do About Them
Jan 03, 2018
I write a lot about writers’ insecurities because for 99.9 percent of us, fear lurks behind the brave faces we put on. Read on to help you master your phobias.

What to Do While Your Book is on Submission

What to Do While Your Book is on Submission
Dec 06, 2017

The agony of being on submission, and how to survive the process.

Is it Crass for Writers to Worry About Pleasing Their Readers?

Is it Crass for Writers to Worry About Pleasing Their Readers?
Nov 08, 2017

Should we be writing for ourselves, or for our readers? 

Hunker Down and Write!

Hunker Down and Write!
Oct 08, 2017

When there's political and cultural upheaval, some artists are galvanized, and some are overwhelmed.

Catching an Agent or Editor’s Attention: What's the Secret?

Catching an Agent or Editor’s Attention: What's the Secret?
Sep 06, 2017

It's all too easy to be ignored by the gatekeepers. Is there a trick to getting noticed?

Pitching Your Book at Conferences

Pitching Your Book at Conferences
Aug 25, 2017
Let's say you're going to a writer's conference and you've taken the plunge and decided to pitch your book. You're going to meet with an agent or editor one on one to get an unvarnished, professional opinion of your work... now what?!

Get Your Stories Down on Paper, Now!

Get Your Stories Down on Paper, Now!
Aug 07, 2017
My friend Stephen had an incredibly interesting life. When he died at age 50, he left behind a small family and lots of burned bridges. One thing he didn’t leave behind—something so important that its absence is a tragedy—was any kind of cogent record of his life or work. 

The Secret to Writing a Great Book

The Secret to Writing a Great Book
Jul 14, 2017

To be successful (which for me means completing a book others will want to read) your vision for the book must be powerful and clear.

Does Writing Advice Work for You?

Does Writing Advice Work for You?
Jul 09, 2017

Maybe not, and that's okay: ultimately, the only thing that matters is what works for you.

How to Get the Most Out of Feedback

How to Get the Most Out of Feedback
Nov 20, 2016

I believe in the value of feedback. But I also believe, strongly, that writers must be prepared for what is to come or else critiques can be wildly counter productive.

A Writer's Search for Flow

A Writer's Search for Flow
Oct 03, 2016

When we have time to write—hours upon hours of uninterrupted time—do we get more done? Are we happier? The answer may seem obvious, but think again.

What Really Happens When Your Book Launches

What Really Happens When Your Book Launches
Sep 28, 2016

We all know that the process of writing a book is complex and full of surprises and leads to uncertain outcomes. But when our books come out, few of us know what to do.

Warning Signs that You Landed a Bad Agent

Warning Signs that You Landed a Bad Agent
Aug 03, 2016

What should you expect from an agent? How will you know which is the best agent for you? What are warning signs that things are going wrong?