Joshua Gans is a Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto. He has been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, RAND Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, and more. In this article, he talks about his recent book, Scholarly Publishing and its Discontents, which looks at the market power of journal publishers. The critical nature of this subject led him to explore self-publishing for the first time — an experience which surprised him in more ways than one.
Writing has always been a passion for the UK-based former journalist Amanda Wills, who now works part-time as a police press officer. Her latest book, Flick Henderson and the Deadly Game, was published in December last year, with a cover design courtesy of Reedsy artist Rachel Lawston. In this article, she talks about two types of writers, Plotters and Pantsers, and the pros and cons of both. Plotter or Pantser Do you plan your novel to the nth degree before you type a single word, or do you sit at your computer, take a deep breath and fly by the... View Article
When not traveling the world, Jeff Wheeland lives in California with his wife and baby daughter. This is his first novel and he may even write another if anyone likes this one. Hell, he may even write another if no one likes this one. In this article, Jeff talks about his decision to swear in the title of his novel, how doing so affected the marketability of his novel, and the role that sensitive language plays in the publishing industry.
Dr. Franklin Warsh is an Investigating Coroner and retired family doctor who lives in London, Ontario. While writing his first full-length book, The Flame Broiled Doctor (a memoir of his experiences working in the health care system), Frank Warsh realized that his many years of reading comic books had not just been an enjoyable pastime, but a lesson in writing. Read on to learn more about the storytelling tips comic books provided him — including stories within stories, and archetype inspiration.
When she was 26, Fiona MacBain moved to Tunisia and ran a watersports base near Sousse with her local husband (more about that at fionamacbain.com). She returned to the UK with her 6-month old daughter in 1999 and eventually settled in Inverness, where she lives with her husband and children. In this article, she talks about turning her memoir into fiction and how “write what you know” can be a sales tool when marketing your book.
Amy Arden is a history enthusiast. She holds a graduate degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury where some of her happiest moments involved unfurling parchment at Canterbury Cathedral Archives. In this article, she talks about the challenge of worldbuilding in historical fiction — and how attention to detail can make or break a reader’s experience and the authenticity of a story. Luckily, she has also provided a list of resources where authors can go to research such details.
G.D. Leon is a novelist with roots in the German language. He grew up in Zurich and now lives in the greater New York area, with his beautiful wife. Stations on his journey included Berlin and Buenos Aires, leaving impressions that remain until today. In 2016, he published “The Frigorifico”, but not before undergoing a thorough testing process with alpha and beta readers. In this article he shares how other authors can get the most out of working with test readers, and where to find them.
Leslie Heath recently secured a publishing contract for her novel “The Last Mayor’s Son”. She attributes a large part of her book’s success to her editor. In this article, she shares glimpses into the editing process and her advice on how to maintain a good author-editor relationship.
Michael Doane is the author of “The Crossing” and book strategist at Writing Inbound. When he’s not writing novels, he’s working with other authors to promote, launch, and sell their books. In this article, he talks about the budget he set for self-publishing his debut novel, “The Crossing” and how he was able to stick to it.
In 2004, Leonora Meriel founded and managed Ukraine’s largest Internet company. In 2008, after becoming CEO of the company, Leonora decided to return to her dream of being a writer, and went on to self-publish her first novel, “The Woman Behind the Waterfall”. In this guest post, she discusses how her entrepreneurial background inspired her to follow her dream, and how it prepared her to take on the publishing industry.