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Point of View

The angle you choose to tell your story matters. There are 4 types of point of view, and here's everything you need to learn about them.

NaNoWriMo: A Writer's Guide

Is NaNoWriMo the biggest creative challenge of the year, or a waste of 30 days? Find out for yourself — with tips to help you succeed!

Author website examples

Ready to enhance your online presence? Check out these thirteen author websites for tips on best marketing practices, and then make them work for you!

Publishing Children's Books

If you want to become a published children's author, check out this guide to getting your book sold.

What is Plot?

What is plot? This guide includes a complete definition of plot, a plot diagram template, and tips from professional editors on how to plot a book.

What is the Theme of a Story?

Learn what a literary theme is and how you can identify it. Includes a quiz so you can test yourself!

Flash Fiction: An Introduction

What is flash fiction? What makes it so great? And where is it published? All your questions answered before you can say Twitterature.

How to write a blurb

Three publishing experts show you how to write a blurb for a novel and optimize it for Amazon. Includes advice on keywords and tips for testing your blurb.

How to Make a Comic Book

Learn how to write a comic book and publish it for the enjoyment of eager readers.

How to Self-Publish a Book

Learn the 7 steps to self-publish a book that will reach adoring readers across the world.

Romance genres and subgenres

Romance comes in different flavors: here are the most popular romance subgenres you must know to get started.

Book Design: Everything You Need to Make a Stunning Book

No matter what your level of publishing experience is, this guide to book design is for you! It dives into cover design, interior design, DIY tips, and more!

Types of Professional Editing

What are the different types of editing? From development to fact-checking, here are the 5 major editing types every author needs to know

BookBub for Authors

From BookBub Featured Deals to self-serve ads and new release notifications, our exhaustive guide will teach you all you need to know about BookBub!

ISBN: An Author's Guide

Find out what an ISBN is, whether you really need one, and what buying an ISBN number will cost.

Publishing Companies to Avoid

This guide exposes some of the most common scams and shows you how to identify which publishing companies to avoid.

3 Types of Irony: Tell Them Apart With Confidence (+ Examples)

What is irony? We define the different types of irony and examine how they're used in writing books, TV shows, and films.

What is Writer's Block?

Trying to break free of writer's block? Before you can treat it, you first need to diagnose the cause. With some help from well-known authors, we explore some common causes of writer's block.

Parts of a Book: Overview

What are the different parts of a book? Learn what makes up the front matter, back matter, and body — so you can create your own book today!

Character development

Learn to create a compelling and unique character with the help of our character development template.

How to Write a Query Letter

Learn how to write a query letter that will get an agent to request your manuscript. Includes an exclusive querying kit.

Types of book endings

In our guide, we break down 6 common types of endings and explain what effect they have.

How to format a manuscript

Download a free template and learn how to format a book manuscript that agents and publishers will love.

What is a ghostwriter?

What is a ghostwriter? There's more to them than celebrity memoirs and political autobiographies! Read on to learn all about ghostwriting.

Kindle Direct Publishing: An Author's Guide

A look at Amazon's KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) platform with a focus on how it revolutionized publishing — and why some authors might choose to avoid it.

How to Self-Publish a Children's Book

Can’t wait to share your children's book with the world? Use our 7-step guide on how to publish a children's book to help you get there.

What is a Chapbook? (And Should You Publish One?)

Read our comprehensive guide to find out what a chapbook is, whether it’s the right step for you, and how you might go about making your own.

How to write dialogue

Learn how to write great, effective dialogue with this 9-step process, using classic examples from books.

Nonfiction: A Writer's Guide

Whether you're writing or reading, you can find the nonfiction genre for you among these 24 types of nonfiction.

Ebooks: A Writer's Guide

Get stuck into the (digital) pages of ebooks and discover their most common formats — as well as 4 great reasons to publish them.

Mastering Story Structure

All about story structure: this post covers three plotting blueprints you can use to bring your own novel idea to fruition.

Memoirs: A Writer's Guide

What is a memoir? And why is it not an autobiography? Have all your questions answered on this whistle-stop tour of memoirs past and present.

Short Stories: A Writer's Guide

Reedsy’s comprehensive guide to all things short story-related! In this series how to write, submit, and publish your short story.

Creative Writing: 8 Fun Ways to Get Started

8 fun exercise ideas to help you get started with creative writing today.

Types of Conflict

Every battle a character picks is a type of conflict that drives a narrative forward. Discover the seven types of conflict and how they affect a story.

Book Interior Templates

Four free book templates to typeset your own book to industry standards.

Intro to Audiobooks

This post will provide a brief introduction to the audiobook format, and explain why authors and readers are catching the audiobook bug.

Dynamic vs Static Characters

It's time to rewrite the dynamic characters vs static characters guidebook, and ask instead how these characters complement one another in truly great fiction.

What is Literary Fiction?

Want to learn more about the novels that make reviewers rave and literature's biggest awards tick? Check out this guide to Literary Fiction

An Introduction to Poetry Forms

If you don't know your odes from your epics, we'll show you the 15 types of poems that all readers should know.

How To Copyright a Book: A Definitive Guide

Need to know how to copyright a book? Check out this 7-step guide and download the free resource.

What is a Haiku? Japan’s Beloved Poetry Format, Explained

A closer look at the format, features, and history of the popular Japanese poetry form.

Amazon Ads for Authors: Magic Bullet or Waste of Time?

Is Amazon ads the magic bullet authors need to advertise their book? Read this breakdown of the ad platform's pros and cons to find out.

What does a literary agent do?

What makes a literary agent so valuable to an author? Find out what agents do, how they collaborate with authors, and how they get paid in this guide.

What is a book proposal?

A look at what a book proposal is, and the key elements authors should include in their proposal.

How to Craft a Book Hook

We break down what a book hook is, why it matters for authors, and how to craft a successful one.

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