Query Letter Essentials

The query letter is effectively your written pitch to an editor or agent, enticing them to read or request your work. It is your first shot at gaining and, more importantly, HOLDING the editor’s/agent’s attention! Keep it simple. I’d use … Continue reading

Show, Don’t Tell

by Sam “SR” Staley Perhaps no advice has been more instrumental in improving the quality of my fiction than embracing the mantra “Show, Don’t Tell.” I don’t think I fully understood its importance until my second novel was published (which … Continue reading

A Writing Event Right for You – Part 2 of 3

Writing workshops, conferences, and retreats can provide authors with new perspectives and knowledge, facilitate lifelong relationships with other authors, and connect authors with professionals in the publishing world. When deciding which events to attend, be sure to consider your objectives … Continue reading

5 Secrets to Getting Indie Books into Bookstores

By Patti Brassard Jefferson Having the advantage of being both an independent author and a bookstore owner, I am lucky to be able to see the challenges between authors and booksellers from both sides. Prepare yourself for the breaking news: It … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Material measurement of a final product does not equal your creative worth.

It is easy to fall into a trap of human material measurement when it comes to our creative work and worth. How much did that painting sell for? How many of my books were shipped out to readers today? What … Continue reading

Effective Use of Beta Readers to Improve Your Manuscript

By Mark Wayne Adams Beta readers are non-professional readers who can provide useful feedback and suggestions for your book before you hit publish or submit your manuscript to an agent or publisher. They read a pre-release manuscript or sample book … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Focus Your Creative Light

Who knows how many writers fail because the light that shines through them is refracted in a thousand directions and not concentrated in a single beam? Pick projects and complete them! It is not really possible to work on a … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Understand Why You Stop Writing and What It Takes to Start Again

If you continually stop and start writing projects without finishing them, what do you think are the sources of your inclination to stop? Become your own expert on stoppage, so you can be your greatest cheerleader for starting again. Most … Continue reading