Should You Give Your First Book Away for Free?

Many authors face the dilemma of how to gain new readers for their work. New authors, especially, find themselves caught in a vicious chicken-before-egg scenario. “How do I,” they ask, “get new readers when I’m an unknown author?” There are many different methods for new authors to gain readers. We wrote about some of those methods in our post “7 Marketing Tips for New Authors.” However, one method that seems to be gaining popularity is for...

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The 5 Best Writing Tools for Mac and PC

Of course any “best of” list is subject to the writer’s preconceived notions of what the word “best” actually means. For writers, a good writing tool usually means what gives the most productivity in writing. Therefore, the best writing tools found here in this list are the ones that are the least distracting and most efficient. It seems that many writers suddenly suffer from severe Attention Deficit Disorder when a deadline is looming....

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7 Marketing Tips for New Authors

There’s a myth out there that once an author publishes his or her book, then all that’s left to do is to sit back and reap the fame and rewards of being an author. Every writer would love that, but the truth is that the work is only beginning when someone publishes a book. Every writer has to take up the reins of marketer and entrepreneur once the writing is finished. Here are some quick marketing tips that will help new authors as they...

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10 Tips To Help You Keep Your New Year’s Writing Resolutions

2015 came with a bang and we’re already sprinting through the first month of the year. Most make New Year’s resolutions that are focused on one’s waistline. However, we writers are always trying to boost our daily word counts. What are your writing resolutions for the New Year? Chances are that you’ve already failed at making writing a habit this year. Life gets in the way, kids don’t understand your need for space, computers...

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5 Reasons Why You Need an Editor

I love to have guest bloggers on the site, and I’m so excited to introduce Callie Revell to you! Callie has a gift for words and a gift for editing. She and I have collaborated on a few projects, and I’m looking forward to many, many more in the future! Thank you for this wonderful post about why editors are so vitally important to the publishing process, Callie!!   By Callie Revell When working on a novel, thesis, or even a...

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Challenges, Challenges…

  This website has been undergoing an extensive revamp. I had to sit back and determine how I wanted this business to proceed into the future. As a small publisher, I don’t have the financial resources that larger publishing house have, and that limits what I can do in a traditional publishing sense.   However, I don’t like the “package” paradigm that self-publishing promotes because each book is unique, each author is unique, and...

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Which Resources Should You Use?

  There are days when even the best spellers or grammarians can have a total brain meltdown. Simple words that a 3-year-old can spell suddenly perplex you. (I once sat at my computer totally baffled at how to spell a very simple one-syllable word I used all the time … I thought for sure I was losing my mind.) You may wonder if you are or are not supposed to use the serial comma – this year. (There are no guarantees on what the rules will...

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Why Is Your Book Different?

It’s not enough to have an idea for a book. It’s not enough to have a completed manuscript ready to submit to an agent or publisher.  You can have the perfect query, the best chapter-by-chapter synopsis, a killer sample included with your submission… but if you can’t tell your publisher or agent who would want to read your book, why they’d want to read it,  what sets your book apart from the rest, and what the...

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The Writing Life Routine

My day has always begun with a cup of coffee. I admit… I’m a coffee snob. I have one particular bean I love that comes from a small shop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and I make sure I have enough on hand at all times. I wake up, I hit the coffee pot. That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. It’s the only way I’m coherent enough to get started! My routine used to be coffee, sit down and write. Because I wake up so early to...

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Why Do You Write?

When I was a full-time writer (as opposed to an editor and publisher), I was convinced I wrote because that was what God had called me to do. It was, after all, my passion. I was compelled to write. I was driven to write. I had thoughts and ideas bubbling up from inside that just had to be put onto paper. I struggled to hone my craft. I was going to write the greatest novel of all time, one that would be used to bring thousands to faith in God....

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