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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When Your Writing Is Crap

I feel for this guy. I’ve been there. This is the third time it has happened to me, and it prompted me to think about the reasons why it happens. Lack of motivation, a poor idea, weak characters or simply a lousy plot are probably common elements, but these can usually be fixed in one […]

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10 Great Ways to Promote Yourself As An Author

Some good stuff to put on your author checklist, including the obvious one: don’t be a jerk on social media. Be active in Social Media Social media is effective because you can have a conversation with the readers of your books. Join readers groups, writers groups, and book clubs, in social media and interact with […]

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5 Reasons No One Is Guestposting At Your (My) Blog

Image via Wikipedia Well, obviously, I’ve not been looking for guest posters. But apparently, it’s a thing you can do to get more content and more readers. Interesting concept. At least I’d feel like I was talking to someone besides myself.   Ask any pro blogger and he will tell you that the more content […]

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