November 17, 2017 - Book Design, Understanding Publishing -
Discover the differences between the three most popular book file formats on the planet — and learn which ones are best for you.
November 16, 2017 - Understanding Publishing -
Picture this: you’ve just self-published a book and are gaining some traction in your publicity rounds. Then, out of the blue, a journalist asks you for a headshot, bio, and sell sheet. Don’t panic. By the time you're done with this post, you'll be ready to compile an all-purpose key to book publicity: your author ... read more »
November 9, 2017 - Book Design, Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing -
So you’ve been blogging about your favorite recipes? Maybe you have always loved cooking, and mentally amend the dishes you eat when you go to restaurants? Perhaps you’ve been racking up quite a following on Instagram with your “how to make” videos. If any of these describe you, there’s a good chance you’ve also thought ... read more »
November 8, 2017 - From our Authors -
After graduating with a degree in Biological Anthropology, Kara Timmins is now bringing her keen interest in evolutionary processes and natural systems into the fantasy genre with her first major release, Eloy's Discovery — book one in a trilogy. In this article, she talks about the power of three when it comes to storytelling, and ... read more »
November 2, 2017 - Understanding Publishing -
A starving writer stands in front of a mailbox clutching a hefty, brown envelope addressed to a publishing company. They say a prayer, push their manuscript in and begin the long wait for a reply that could make or break their career. It's a romantic image, but most major publishers don't actually accept 'unsolicited manuscripts' ... read more »
October 27, 2017 - From our Authors -
Barbara James lives in New York, and is an avid romance reader and a former academic writer. In this article, she breaks down her latest romance novel's subgenres — sweet, contemporary, new adult — and explains the characteristics and importance of each one.
October 26, 2017 - Understanding Publishing -
If you've written a picture book, a kid's chapter book, or a Middle-Grade novel, what's the best way to get it published?
October 19, 2017 - Understanding Publishing -
Calling something “commercial” can sound like an insult in some circles, as if it’s a trifling entertainment not worthy of the term “literature.” In other circles, the term “literary” results in a half-stifled yawn, and is considered pretentious. A question you might ask when you’re writing is, "Can a book be both literary and commercial?” ... read more »
October 18, 2017 - Perfecting your Craft -
Stop us if you’ve experienced this before: the clock strikes 8pm and you realize that you really need to pick up your drycleaning. But you’re right in the middle of your book! Well, you’ll put the book down when you get to the end of this chapter, you reason. 30 minutes afterward, you can’t resist ... read more »
October 16, 2017 - Perfecting your Craft -
In the run-up to NaNoWriMo before, we asked veteran authors and editors for their single greatest piece of advice for writers about to embark on a 30-day writing binge. Here they are...