What’s Your Publishi...

Last year I had the privilege of providing the keynote address for Publish Now!, a self-publishing conference put on by The Writer’s Center, just outside of Washington D.C. The annual event is designed to give attendees the latest information they need to effectively self-publish and promote...

They’re our readers…...

by Phil Sexton Publisher, Writer’s Digest We often talk about where to find readers and how to build an audience for our work. It’s all part of developing a platform, right? Write consistent blog posts. Send out an email newsletter. Develop a Twitter following. Write the best book you...

Food for Thought: Wr...

by Bonnie McKernan Abbott Press author – “Cliff of the Ruin” Fresh off the red-eye to Philly, I’m still processing all the data and advice collected over three days of the Writer’s Digest Conference held in Los Angeles. Most of it was palatable; some of it was not, but...

5 Tips for Networkin...

by Phil Sexton Publisher, Writer’s Digest Twice a year, every year, Writer’s Digest hosts two large writing conferences, one in New York City, the other in Los Angeles.  The Los Angeles conference will take place Friday through Sunday, 9/27 – 9/29. This year we’re launching the...

Say no to structure and let your imagination run w...

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” – E.L. Doctorow We know everyone’s writing style is different, so we believe as long as you get it down in paper who is to say you didn’t do it the “right way?” Just because you didn’t create an outline or know the ending to your novel before writing Chapter 1 doesn’t mean you’re wrong. You shouldn’t feel obligated to do things how others tell you do them – keep doing what works best for you. You don’t always have to clearly see everything laid out before you – just enough to...

The Never Ending Jou...

Guest Blog by Grant Faulkner Did I choose my writing process, or did it choose me? This was the question I asked myself after 20+ years of writing fiction. I wondered if I’d stumbled thoughtlessly upon my creative practice, and instead of actively scrutinizing it or consciously constructing...

6 Secrets to Writing a Novel No One Ever Told You

Writing a novel can seem like a daunting task, and a first-time author might even be hesitant to start. But if you’re passionate about writing and are willing to put in the work there is nothing to be afraid of. Telling stories is something you do every day, whether you are discussing your work day with your spouse, or reminiscing about past experiences with friends. Telling stories by word of mouth is something we do naturally, and writing a story is just taking those words and putting them on paper. When starting your novel, it is important to remember that it will take some time; it’s not a race. You need to be willing to commit the...

Let’s Talk About Que...

The following blog post was originally written by K.C. Sherwood on June 6, 2013 Ah yes, the dreaded query letter. Pure, unadulterated torture. In my opinion, the whole querying process should be considered one of Dante’s circles of hell. But, if we want to go the traditional route, we all...

Go after inspiration with a club

 “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”  – Jack London Too often writers sit in their local coffee shop waiting for the lightning bolt of inspiration to hit them. But, you need to heed London’s advice and take charge of your inspiration. Whether it’s signing up for a new experience (geo-caching, for example) or just changing up your writing area, you need to be actively searching for inspiration. London was famous for finding inspiration from the simplest items, such as newspaper clippings. You might not churn out material at the rate London did, but you can ensure you have plenty of...

The Making of a Best...

In Brian Hill and Dee Power’s book, The Making of a Bestseller, they interview dozens of authors, publishers, editors, and publicists to try and determine what actions help turn a book into a bestseller. It’s an older book written in 2005, prior to the modern age of self-publishing. Most...

Q&A with Writer’s Digest Mark of Qualit...

We recently announced that Cliff of the Ruin, by Bonnie McKernan, was the fifth winner of the prestigious Writer’s Digest Mark of Quality. The book has received effusive praise, including Midwest Book Review which “very much recommended” the title. The Past in Review cautions readers of sleeplessness, stating “leave it in the hands of an accomplished writer and you are about to pull an all-nighter of a reading session.” Here we dig a little deeper into Bonnie’s inspiration and future writing plans. What inspired you to write Cliff of the Ruin? It started with a question: Is there a difference between wishful thinking...

Read a book to keep your mind fresh

You may not be a fan of Stephen King’s books, but you can’t deny that he knows what it takes to write a book or two. “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”  – Stephen King If you want to continue honing your craft, you must continue reading. By reading another author’s work you enjoy, you pick up new plot ideas, different ways of holding dialogue between characters or even inspiration for your next book cover. We urge you to go a bit beyond your preferred genre and pick up something you might not normally consider. It doesn’t have to be the classics, but...

Benefit from in-person book promotion Aug01

Benefit from in-pers...

Get to know your audience. There’s no better way to do it than through meeting them face-to-face. Have a conversation, tell a joke or share an experience; it can make a big impact when it comes time to ask them to become a customer. Forty percent of prospected buyers actually purchased...

Never stop learning about your craft of writing

Many writers have their own style or writing pattern, but it’s important to never stop learning about your craft. Try something new. “Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” —Larry L. King Stepping out of your comfort zone when it comes to reading or writing can be tricky. With new adventures come great lessons, and there is so much out there that can help you become a better writer. Check out a new book genre, try a writing style you’ve never done before or attend a seminar. Continue to grow as a writer because there is no end to useful writing knowledge.  Takeaway Tweets “Write. Rewrite....

What is your untold ...

We understand how frustrating it can be to receive rejection letters from traditional publishers. But, everyone has a story to tell. And, it’s our responsibility here at Abbott Press to help you share it. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” - Maya...

4 Ways to Prepare for a Writing Conference Jul18

4 Ways to Prepare fo...

We highly recommend you take advantage of at least one writing conference each year that takes place near your city. If you’ve never attended an event before, it can become a bit overwhelming. Review these four tips to ensure your experience at a writing conference is a success. 1.  Set...

Effective Author Marketing Jul03

Effective Author Mar...

Now that you have published your book, it’s time for you to take the next step: marketing.  It is important to have a well-planned marketing strategy to help boost the sales of your book. Part of the thrill of being a self-published author is getting to make most of the decisions and...

Learn to Love Deadlines

As a writer, you probably have an interesting relationship with deadlines. As easy as it is to give yourself deadlines and get excited about the prospect of meeting them, it’s even easier to ignore them. “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” ― Douglas Adams It’s usually no difficulty to let deadlines pass you by — especially the ones you set for yourself. If you have a hard time holding yourself accountable for your own deadlines, let outside influences help. Look to writing contests, literary journals, conferences and workshop groups to set your deadlines for you. You’re likely to...

Sell Your Heart: Whe...

You’ve got to sell your heart, your strongest reactions, not the little minor things that only touch you lightly, the little experiences that you might tell at dinner. This is especially true when you begin to write, when you have not yet developed the tricks of interesting people on paper,...

You Can Make Anythin...

Remember this quote from C.S. Lewis the next time you sit down to start a new writing project. Be encouraged by the idea that there are no limits to the stories you can tell, the worlds you can create, or the characters you can meet. “You can make anything by writing.” ― C.S. Lewis The...