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20 Writing Tips to Improve Your Craft

September 26, 2019 - Perfecting your Craft -

20 Writing Tips to Improve Your Craft

“The pen is mightier than the sword.” Writer Edgar Bulwer-Lytton made this keen observation nearly 200 years ago, but it remains just as true today. Writing is one of the most powerful forms in existence, and a simple story can change countless lives — which is why so many of us choose to be writers ... read more »


Amazon Self-Publishing Costs and Royalties: Here's What You Need to Know

Amazon Self-Publishing Royalties and Cost

If you’re reading this post, you’re probably already familiar with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Amazon’s self-publishing service for indie authors. But you may be somewhat less familiar with the mechanics of Amazon self-publishing royalties: how much authors get paid, when they receive payments, and of course, how much Amazon takes out of those payments for ... read more »


Book Illustration: 25 Beautiful Examples

April 8, 2019 - Book Design -

25 Beautiful Examples of Book Illustration

We all remember the signature illustrations of our childhood reads: the wild scribbles of Quentin Blake, the gentle watercolors of Beatrix Potter, the simple line drawings of Shel Silverstein, and so on. Indeed, many book illustrations become indelibly linked to the stories they depict. And they’re not just limited to picture books! Many works of ... read more »


How to Write a Romance Novel

How to Write a Romance Novel

Romance novels have always captured our hearts — they contain the intrigue, intimacy, and basic human drama that all readers love. And while it was once a “shameful” genre read mostly in secret, romance today is having a huge moment, with mega-popular books like Outlander and Crazy Rich Asians even being adapted for film and ... read more »


The Largest Book Publishers in 2020

January 16, 2019 - Understanding Publishing -

Traditional publishing houses

Modern publishing is a tricky game — especially when trying to figure out the biggest names within that game. Most major publishers are part of a larger media conglomerate, prominent indie presses excepted, and a search for the year's largest book publishers will often yield companies that work with other forms of content rather than ... read more »


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