Isaac Arthur YouTube Channel

Are you a fan of Science Fiction? Like writing about future worlds, advanced technology, and the possibility of alien life? Spend some time with Isaac Arthur, host of a very prolific series of videos on YouTube, where he discusses all aspects of space and future science. His videos are quite in-depth (each video runs around […]

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What Editors Look for on an Opening Page

This is an interesting article for me, as I’m reworking the first chapter of one of my books. I had what I thought was a great opening scene, but it lacked any kind of interest and urgency; it was basically two guys talking in a coffee shop. I changed it so that the first scene […]

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Should You Self-Publish or Traditionally Publish?

This article by Jane Friedman is an interesting one, because it looks at other motives besides money. Do you want the validation of working with a traditional publisher? Do you have a lack of patience? All good points to consider when deciding whether to self/trad publish. All this could be yours. (Image Credit: Pixabay) But, […]

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How to Write an Author Bio

This article is a must-read for artists and writers who want to impress people in shows, and on the back cover of their books. As a guy who occasionally curates art shows and wrangles artists together, I often have to edit and post artist bios. This can be a problem, since artists, unlike writers (or […]

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10 Things to Do Instead of Writing

Sometimes you just can’t get a word out. You’re staring at the page, the title says “Chapter 1,” but there’s nothing else below. You’re stuck. And this was supposed to be your big novel. Writer’s Block is something that affects everyone (except perhaps Stephen King and James Patterson), yet there are a lot of people […]

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39 Tips from Thriller Authors

This is a good read, if only because it’s a lot of information from a lot of authors, and you’re bound to find one or two nuggets of educational gold. The following tip is great for me, since I’ve been sending out a lot of queries recently, and in each case, they expect something a […]

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An essay on the dark arts of book editing

Sometimes an editor’s job is a crap job. Mainstream publishers can, frankly, be a bit crap. One sent me a travel manuscript to edit and three days later rang to ask, “Is it any good?” She hadn’t read it. But there was a publishing date with publicist and advertising booked, so it was published even […]

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Simple Ways to Get Responses to Your Queries

Here’s some advice to give your queries an edge. One thing I’d add to this list is that you should always adhere to the query guidelines. If the agent asks you to use specific wording in your subject line, pay close attention. As one who parses a lot of emails in lists, I like to […]

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