How to organize your book content

Once you’ve decided on your theme, main points and style, you have the why, what and how that you need to put your message in writing and create a manuscript. Once you have a manuscript, you can worry about editing.

3 mistakes writers should try to avoid

The backspace and delete keys were invented to fix one of mankind’s oldest problems: the mistake. Writers are prone to little mistakes, but some are bigger yet harder to see as mistakes. Here are three errors to definitely avoid: Writing without a plan. This is the kind of writing where you completely wing it: no…

How to finish writing your book

Writers are often heard moaning, “why can’t I finish this book?” I totally know the feeling (got five manuscripts staring at me over here). The good thing is  that I am not stuck. I’m procrastinating. When you, as a writer, find that you’re actually stuck on your writing, then something is wrong, and you’ll need…

Why it's important to edit your books more than once

Never skim on editing your book. Few things feel worse than opening your freshly published book, only to see errors grin at you on every other page. Yes, you will find an error or two in your manuscript in spite of endless editing. Human error is here to stay. However, you want to keep the number of typos…

The best way to be in business …for authors.

YouTube is a gold mine of information, and I want to share a motivating video by Trent Drysmid that I watched this morning. It’s called “How to Start a Business with No Money.” That title made your ears perk up, didn’t it? As writers and authors, you have a tough product to sell. There is…

Why you need to copyright your work

A lot of people don’t know this, but from the moment you put your thoughts on paper, they are copyrighted. The problem is, how do you prove it? See, if someone wants to steal your work, and you have no concrete way of proving it’s yours, then your automatic copyright means nothing. So how do…

Great writing doesn't happen overnight

Crappy writing is a part of a writer’s journey. There is no stage where it’s perfect on the first try. It doesn’t happen. Writing is about constant improvement, making your next piece  better than the last. Sometimes inspiration will flow easily and other times you won’t write a word no matter how many times you…

3 reasons to self-publish a paperback.

Authors who self-publish ebooks exist all over the place. It’s as simple as turning a manuscript into a PDF, EPUB or MOBI file and uploading to an ebook distributor of some kind. Publishing a paperback isn’t quite so simple. However, the rewards are worth the effort. Here’s why. No matter how technological our world becomes,…

Why You Shouldn't Edit Your Own Book

3 years ago, I wrote my first book. I also made the mistake of editing it myself before sending it to print. When I got the box full of my freshly printed paperbacks, I was so excited and took one copy for myself. Wanting to read my own words in print, I started reading …and…

Have you tried Goodreads?

A large part of being a good writer is becoming a good reader. Especially reading outside your genre. I hardly read short stories, even though I write them. I spend a lot more time reading biographies, business, and self-help books. One tool that I’ve come to enjoy using is Goodreads. This is an online network…

What is the most successful way to publish?

I’m a member of a group on Facebook called “Authors & Books & Readers”, and this morning, a fellow member posted this: “I have a question. Which is the most successful way to publish? Self publishing or by an actual publisher?” This is a great question and one that I’m sure many of us have had at one point or…

Why Writers are Overworked and Underpaid

Writing is one of those professions that people think is really easy. And when a person views something as “easy”, “basic” or otherwise commonplace, they tend to not place a very high value on it, at least not monetarily. “It can’t be that hard to write up a blurb for a website,” they say. “Don’t…

How To Use Social Media To Get Noticed as a Writer

Your works will not see the light of day if you don’t put them out there. As a writer, you’ll have to toot your own horn, at least in the beginning. You’ll need to get out there and show people what you know. I’m not suggesting that you hand out copies of your 60,000 word novel to the mailman and the…

How Often Should Writers Take Breaks?

We writers tend to underestimate the power of the break. Glued to our computers for hours on end, we type incessantly, afraid to move for even a second lest we break the spell of deep thought. On and on we write, until our fingers grow stiff and our eyes droop and turn crimson Still, we…