Do you ever struggle with your and you’re? Do you know when to use there, they’re and their? What about it’s and its? Do you use the apostrophe in “it’s a nice day” or in “the planet had it’s own gravitational force”?* Now, I know you’re getting a teensy little headache just thinking about this, but stay with me, there will be prizes later. You can win the spelling wars, without bloodshed.
Yes, we all live in an electronic world these days, untethered by concrete reality, communicating like mad things on various iThingies. Paper is so 2002. But if you want to do a good job of editing your book, you need to print it out. Yes, I’m serious. Print it on actual paper, seize a red […]
The Guardian newspaper in the UK had a story this week about a man who raised $1 million to fund production of his book through Kickstarter, a “crowdfunding website”. Others have financed publishing ventures through similar means. Could it work for you? Maybe. Let’s have a look at what happened.
While I’m a champion of quality self-publishing, sometimes a trade publisher is the right way to go for a particular project. And this week I have seen two excellent and rare opportunities for authors to get their work before some of the best in the business. One is a a major literary agent who is […]
If you spend too long on the internet, you might start to think books are dead. But one of the strange things that is still true, even in this world of iPads and ebooks and endless blogging, is that a book gives its writer credibility.
Improve your effectiveness any time you have to put something in writing for a business purpose — from emails and letters to marketing and submissions, and everything else in between.
You might think Twitter is a waste of time, and you wouldn’t be alone in that thought! But you might be surprised by what this social network can actually do for an emerging author…
Everyone keeps saying you have to join Twitter if you want to be a successful writer, but who has the time?? These are some tips to get you started with only a small time commitment each week.
The publishing and bookselling industries have been in uproar in recent years thanks to the growth of e-books, print-on-demand technology, and online bookstores, along with other factors. Is there any future for bricks-and-mortar bookstores? Or are we just going to see more and more closures?
Everyone is writing their memoir these days… but not everyone is reading them! Some quick tips for turning your memories and personal stories into an engaging and readable book.