“Show don’t tell” is common advice among writers — but what does it really mean? This thorough guide answers that question with plenty of helpful examples. Also includes a Reedsy Live on the subject, courtesy of experienced professional editor Jim Thomas.
We know not everyone is thrilled by the idea of obtaining a serial number, but ISBNs are a critical part of self-publishing. Luckily, we’re here to answer all of your questions: what is an ISBN, how to get one, who NEEDS one, and how much they cost.
Whether you’re working on your first book, or have published dozens of them already, my guess is: you’ve probably heard of Bookbub, if not used it yourself as a reader. But I also bet you’re not familiar with all the features and opportunities that the platform offers to authors. In a publishing world increasingly dominated ... read more »
No matter what your genre, learning how to write dialogue effectively is a vital part of any writer’s education. Poor dialogue can make readers put your book down in disgust — but great dialogue can transform your characters into truly believable people, and your readers into satisfied customers. Of course, the best kind of dialogue ... read more »
With NaNoWriMo around the corner, many authors are gearing up to weave worlds, characters, and stories into novels with their words. But… how many words does a novel make? And when it comes to creating art, just how important is it to stick to the rules — such as standard word counts?
Many first-time authors want to find a literary agent as soon as they put the finishing touches on their debut masterpiece. And if you’re in a similar situation, it’s only natural to feel that way as well! But before we snap off a fresh roll of quarters and start dialing the numbers of some New ... read more »
In the software industry, programmers release “beta” versions of new programs that they get a select group of users to test. This way, any kinks can be worked out before it becomes available to the public. When it comes to publishing, the concept is the same, except the product being tested is a book, and ... read more »