We know it when we see it, but few of us can articulate what irony really is without relying on half-remembered lyrics from the 1995 Alanis Morissette song, “Ironic.” But it’s critical for writers to understand irony, which can add depth to conflict — or, in certain cases, make conflict feel hackneyed and stale. In this article, we will define and analyze different types of irony, and examine how to use irony successfully in your writing. Finally, we’ll dispel the notion that rain on your wedding day is ironic — a concept that, ironically enough, isn’t ironic at all.
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So, you want to be a travel writer? There are plenty of reality doses out there already, so we’re going to focus on the positives, and what you can do to maximize your chances of travel writing professionally. One of the first steps: you should absolutely know your markets, and what types of travel writing are popular in them. In today’s competitive market, this knowledge can both help you structure your article and target the right audience.
Amazon ads have been the talk of indie author town since Amazon opened its AMS platform to all KDP users in 2016. While Facebook ads become increasingly competitive, as Mark Dawson already predicted on this blog back in 2015, Amazon have made huge improvements to their advertising platform, and are progressively becoming one of the most favoured channels for marketing a book. Like any other advertising platform, the AMS platform comes with its own challenges and learning curve. And like any other platform, success largely depends on data analysis and iteration. In this post, we’ll analyze two case studies (one... View Article
For the past two years, this blog has been home to the From Our Authors series: articles penned by authors on the Reedsy Network. They’ve kindly shared their publishing experiences with their fellow writers, filling us all in on what has worked (and not worked) for them. Straight from this well of knowledge, we’ve handpicked the 18 best pieces of advice from our authors.
So you’ve published your book on Amazon! Congratulations. Now imagine this nightmarish scenario: a year down the road, you pick up another novel and notice the dialogue sounds familiar. Upon further inspection, you realize that everything in this book is a dead ringer for your work — down to your character Mick, who now goes by Dick.
Last year we spoke with author Natalie Barelli about striking a big item off her bucket list: writing and publishing her debut novel, Until I Met Her. Less than twelve months later, Natalie has been signed by Amazon’s thriller imprint Thomas & Mercer, and her novel is undergoing a re-release. In this article, she talks the bumpy road of self-publishing, one that for her has been full of trials and tribulations. However, she’s a true example of the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” In a year, Natalie has turned publishing mishaps into lessons, and, clearly, her... View Article
The pinnacle of a writer’s life may not ever be a tearful speech at the Oscars. (“I want to thank my ergonomic keyboard for not giving me carpal tunnel.”) However, though it might not take the form of a miniature golden statue, all writers possess inspirations that drive them to put pen to paper. So what’s yours?
Do all novels and short stories need a dynamic character as a protagonist? Find out what goes into writing a rounded character with the help of this guide and a charming infographic.
Brent Jones recently gave up his freelance career as a social media manager to pursue creative writing full-time. At the end of this past February, he published his debut novel, The Fifteenth of June, and in the following month, Brent has been focused on what he knows to be an equally important part of an author’s job: marketing. In this article, he shares 5 simple marketing strategies that all first-time authors can (and should!) try, and how his efforts have already started to pay off.
The average author’s relationship with social media is getting more complicated by the day. On one hand, it’s an essential tool for marketing and building connections with your readers. On the other hand, it’s a common distraction from the actual business of writing. And while social media (and Twitter, especially) gets a bad rap as a place where trolls go to insult artists and politicians, it can also be a place where authors share experiences and motivate one another. Knowing this, we’ve scoured for #WritingTips on Twitter and collected our favorite 28 pieces of advice for authors. On Outlining 1.... View Article