Are you writing a book? Wishing you could write a book? Go for it.
Today, we’re speaking to authors who have self-published different kinds of VISUAL BOOKS, including:
•Picture books for children
•Coffee table books.
There are so many more options today, thanks to ebooks, print-on-demand, and new distribution options through online bookstores.
I’ve asked five authors from different countries to spill their secrets about how they’ve gone about the process, to inspire and help other authors who want to self-publish a visual book.
Do you ever feel intimidated by writing advice, and pushed in a direction you don’t really want to go? Time to rebel.
The subject of today’s literary disobedience is the Adverb. I’d like to reclaim this despised part of speech, on behalf of sane writers everywhere.
The internet is awash with Adverb Hate. And the worst part of it is the way it confuses some writers, who end up thinking they are never allowed to use an adverb anywhere ever again.
I usually write long blog posts to explore a topic in depth. But sometimes, I know you just want to get some useful information you can grab quickly, and then get on with your day.
So, here is my first Quick Tips post. Today’s Quick topic is Twitter for Writers.
One of the reasons writers use pen names is not because of any need for privacy or secrecy, but purely to help readers differentiate between the different types of books they write.
This is a reason close to my own heart, and you’ll soon see why.
I’ve discovered that pen names are an issue occupying a lot of writers’ minds, since my previous Pen Name articles, 3 reasons for using a pen name, and How to choose a pen name continue to generate conversation.
That’s why I thought I’d walk you through the steps I’ve used to decide: Will I use a pen name for different genres? (You’ll have to read to the end to find out my answer! Oh, the suspense.)
I often get questions about what I’m using for different phases of writing, publishing and blogging.
I’ve seen other bloggers post a list of their favourite tools and I’ve found them really handy. I think, “Ooh, what are they using for such-and-such??” and voila! there is the answer. 🙂
So [drumroll….] here is my list. Hope you find some useful ideas in it. 🙂
Last week I wrote about why book editors are so expensive, and I was overwhelmed by the response — from both writers and editors. Thank you for all your feedback, both here and on social media!
I’m a book editor myself, so you’d think I’d be saying, “Oh no, we’re not expensive, we’re very reasonably priced.” 😉
But I’m also a writer, and about to hire an editor for one of my own books, a situation that I and my bank account are dreading! So I can see it from both sides of the fence.
Last week, in the Prologue I explained that even though book editing is expensive, editors are, strangely, not rich!
In Chapter 1, I explained the first reason for this: it takes a long time to edit a book well – often around an hour per thousand words. (I gave lots of details for how that works.)
Now we move on to the other big reason.
I’m going to let you in on a secret.
Book editors are expensive.
Ooh, are you shocked? “But aren’t you One Of Them??” I hear you say.
Yes I am. But I’m also a writer. And very soon I’m going to have to hire an editor for one of my own projects, out of my own personal piggybank. And I’m dreading it.
So, why? Why are editors so darn expensive???
Well, sit right down and I’ll tell you a story…
There’s a lot of kerfuffle on the net about whether authors need to blog, and people coming down on both sides of the debate.
Just this week, I was thinking about the one big reason why it’s good to blog if we possibly can.
Yes, it’s good to get some writing practice, it’s good to build community, it’s good to have a “marketing hub” for our efforts, but the clincher for me — the thing that’s hard to get any other way — is this one…
The world is abuzz with how ebooks have revolutionised self-publishing. However, their “comrades” in the publishing revolution — print-on-demand paperbacks — are the often-overlooked Quiet Achievers.
Someone working in their pyjamas can now supply a professional-standard paperback to a global audience, without spending the kids’ inheritance or becoming a slave to the post office.
Let’s look at how this works, and how to tell if it’s a good path for you to take.