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Learn How To Get Started As An Author

There are insider secrets to getting started with writing if you expect to get your work published. You will want to pick the genre (category) you want to write in and select the age group. Decide if your writing will be fiction or non-fiction. Explore the articles on this site for extra guidance on getting […]

Writing Resolution

Ok, now you have had a bit of a break for the holidays and it is time to think about your resolutions for next year. There are certain items in your writing toolbox that are the basics you need to have to build on so you can communicate to your reader and be believable. What […]

How To Make Freelance Writing A Full-time Career

Assess Your Desire: No-one can give you the desire. You either have it or not. Create A Niche: It is easier to sell yourself as a specialist than a generalist. Create Revenue Streams: Where might you make money with your writing? Here are a few ideas. Speaking engagements, Book Sales, Seminar Presentations, Website Sales.  Start […]

Becoming A Creative Writer

Creative writing is considered to be any writing, fiction, poetry, or non-fiction, that goes outside the bounds of normal professional, journalistic, academic, and technical forms of literature. Works which fall into this category include novels, epics, short stories, and poems. Writing for the screen and stage, screenwriting and playwriting respectively, typically have their own programs […]

Step 12 To Becoming An Author

12. Giving up on their book too soon. Like anything, book marketing takes time. I see authors all the time who start to grow impatient after a few months, wondering where their success is. How long will it take? That depends. But you might not be the best person to determine that. If you’ve been […]

Step 11 To Becoming An Author

11. Not having a website. When someone asks me if all authors should have a website, I respond: does your book need a cover? Every author should have a website and when possible get a domain name of your title so it can be a direct match to the content you are delivering in hard […]

Step 10 To Becoming An Author

10. Expecting immediate book sales. Often nothing happens immediately in book sales. The sales process for books can be lengthy, especially when you’re dealing with multiple reporting agencies. Most authors don’t know that places like Amazon, Baker & Taylor, and Ingram don’t all pay on the same timeframe. They all have particular cycles to how […]

Step 9 To Becoming An Author

9. Not having their work professionally edited. What kind of experience do you want to give your reader? If the answer is a great one (and it likely is) make sure the work you do on your book mirrors that. Your book is like your resume; not only that but it’s your reader’s experience of […]

Step 8 To Becoming An Author

8. Not hiring a professional to do their book cover. One corner you shouldn’t cut is on your book cover. Your cover is important because it’s the first impression your audience has of your book. Don’t shortcut your success by creating a cover that doesn’t sell. Find a graphic designer that works in the publishing […]

Step 7 To Becoming An Author

7. Not spending enough time researching their market. If you were going to open up a store in a mall, let’s say a bead shop, would you ever consider opening a store without doing the proper research? Probably not. Yet every day authors publish books and haven’t done market research. This research, while it can […]