When you self-publish your book, you have complete control over the entire process: your cover design, the final title, the book’s price, and promotion. Most writers are unfamiliar with the details of effective marketing and promotion. But if you want to boost your book sales, you need to employ some…


If you hope to get your book published by one of the traditional publishing houses, you’ll need a literary agent to represent you and your work — and it’s important you find the right agent. There are huge variations in the tastes and working styles of literary agents. …


When you write the setting of your short story or novel, you usually include the obvious details: the time period and physical location in which your characters exist. However, that setting can be more than just a pretty backdrop. …


When it comes to writing advice, one thing is certain: There’s no shortage of writing tips, tricks, hacks, and grammar rules. Some of this advice is presented as “must do” if you want to succeed as a writer and get published. But the experts want you to know that not…


After spending so much time writing at home, you may be ready for a change of scenery. While attending a writing retreat might seem like a great way to refresh your mind and your writing, budget concerns, scheduling limitations, and the fact that your favorite retreat may currently be on…


Donating to a worthy cause is a great way to send some good vibes out into the world. But did you know you could donate to charity and also boost the sales of your self-published book? “Cause marketing” is an effective way to promote your book. But it’s important to…


Your eyes light up and you know you’re in for a treat! That’s how many of us feel when we enter an ice cream shop and see delicious flavors, toppings, and types of cones. Wouldn’t it be great if that’s what happened when a reader saw your short story, poetry…


As any reader can tell you, a well-written book has the power to transport its audience to fantastic, new worlds. But what you might not realize is that the real world can be just as surprising and strange as a fictional setting — and sometimes even more so! …


An online presence is essential for any successful writer. In order to gain readership, promote your work, and network with writers, editors, and agents, you need an author website. The web designers you choose can make or break your online author platform. Not all web design companies are created equal…


A reader who is enjoying your story suddenly stops reading, looks up, and thinks — huh. That’s what happens whenever the facts don’t add up in your writing. Even if a short story or book is fiction, readers notice when the details don’t make sense. And it’s especially important to…

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