It’s every writer’s dream: A great idea for a short story, poem, or novel pops into your head fully formed, and all you have to do is let it flow from your fingertips into the keyboard. Voila! The perfect manuscript is ready for submission! Alas, we must wake up and smell the Wite-Out™ …that’s not how good writing happens. Writers go through several stages when creating a piece. Here’s a slightly tongue-in-cheek version of the 7 stages of writing every author experiences.

The 7 Stages Of Writing A Good Poem, Short Story, Or Novel

Stage 1: Thinking Up The Incredible Idea!

You’re sound asleep, or in the shower, or buying groceries, when…

It’s no surprise that audiobooks have grown so much in popularity! With an audiobook, readers can listen to the story while doing something else, whether it’s exercising, baking bread, cleaning out the garage, driving a car, or folding laundry. Making an audiobook of your self-published book can help you reach new readers and increase sales. But before deciding to tackle this new medium, here’s what self-published authors need to know.

What To Consider When Making An Audiobook

Audiobooks Are Popular And Accessible. For readers, the barrier to purchasing an audiobook is extremely low. Audiobooks can be listened to on smartphones, tablets, desktop computers, and smart speakers (thanks…

It’s what every writer hopes for: A literary agent has offered representation for your book, or an editor has accepted your short story or poetry for publication. Start the happy dancing! But wait — what if the agent or editor wants changes to your work? A good editor or literary agent will approach your work with sensitivity and care, and the suggested edits would only make your work better. However, what if the changes are more extensive: You’re asked to delete entire passages, to change POVs, or to rewrite your ending? …

A good rapport between the client and the website designer can make the difference between a mediocre author website and a great, memorable one. If a client is unprepared, unrealistic, or indecisive, the designer’s job becomes harder, and it will be more difficult to get the results the writer wants. Here are some tips to help you be the client every designer wants to work with — and to create an author website that meets or even exceeds your expectations.

Be The Client Every Author Website Designer Wants

Do your research: It’s important to know what author websites in your genre generally look like. Are they large-scale websites…

Every writer has an individual voice and unique style, but it’s important to work on your craft and hone your skills if you want to boost your odds of getting your short stories, poetry, or book published. An effective way to improve your writing skills is to emulate successful writers. Whether you’re new to writing or a published pro, these 5 writing habits shared by successful authors will help you become a first-class wordsmith.

5 Writing Habits Of Successful Authors

Have a writing schedule. Some writers write every day — and if that works for you and your schedule, great! But daily writing might not be…

A website is essential when creating your author brand. A well-designed author website will act as an information hub where readers can check in to keep up with your new projects, and potential readers, editors, and literary agents will visit to learn more about you and your writing. But once you have an author website designed by pros — how do you keep it relevant and running? Fortunately, you don’t need a degree in computer science to maintain your author website. Simply focus on developing these 6 skills, and your website will stay functional and relevant.

Skills That Will Help You Maintain Your Author Website

Reliability: The success of…

Writing a great beginning and a tight middle for a short story or novel can be challenging, but many writers find creating a satisfying ending is often the most difficult part of the process. You don’t want to cheat readers with an abrupt wrap-up, but you also don’t want to drag on past the best stopping point or end things in a way that’s unrealistic. Before you type “The End,” check out this list of 5 ways you might ruin the ending of your short story or novel — so you know what NOT to do!

How To Ruin The Ending Of Your Short Story Or Novel

Deus ex machina: Meaning…

Once you’ve self-published your book, you might think your work is finished. Now you just sit back and let the sales roll in, right? Not quite. It’s time to kick your marketing efforts into high gear — no book sells itself! But buying paid advertising, mailings, bookmarks, posters, and more can get pricey. For writers who have to watch their expenses, here’s how to effectively market your self-published book on a $0 budget.

How To Market Your Self-Published Book For Free

Use social media: Social media is one of the most powerful tools you have as a writer. Every connection you make online is another potential reader who…

Prologues and epilogues don’t always get the best raps, and for good reason — they can be tricky to write. And even though you may be convinced that the details in your book’s prologue or epilogue are vital to the story, some readers skip them entirely. Determining whether a book really needs a prologue or epilogue can be one of the harder decisions novelists must make. Here’s some guidance on how to make the best choice for your book!

Should You Have A Prologue Or Epilogue In Your Book?

What You Need To Know About Prologues

A prologue, or short section before your first chapter, often serves to provide background information for the reader. Usually it takes…

You’ve finally typed “The End” on your short story, essay, or book — hooray! But don’t rush into sending submissions just yet. You should thoroughly edit your work before making submissions to literary journals or literary agents. Many writers find the self-editing phase daunting, but if you break your edits down into two main phases, it will be easier to clean up your manuscript and make it look professional. Here’s an editing checklist that will guide you through the process.

A Comprehensive Editing Checklist For Writers

Phase One: Editing for Content

Content edits are addressed by asking yourself bigger scale, developmental questions which will affect the…

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