Platform First, Book Second Sep27

Platform First, Book...

Having an effective platform, or a means in which to communicate with your readers and draw in more potential fans, is a vital aspect of many writing careers. Any writer working toward true commercial success for his or her book will need a platform to meet that goal. There’s a reason why...

Develop the Critic Within

Criticism about your writing is going to come in many forms. Someone you don’t know may write a review of your book in a newspaper. Someone you trust might offer a critique of your draft. You might get feedback from a writing group or read comments online at Amazon or Goodreads. Despite whether the criticism is constructive or destructive (and there’s a major difference), it is important to take all of it into consideration before throwing away as much of it as you wish. First off, most feedback you get from friends will be over-complimentary, so you have to take their “This is amazing!” comments with a grain of salt. These blanket...

The Toughest Crowd i...

They say writing for children is harder than your typical novel, and there’s good reason for this. As adults, we’ve developed an innate understanding about how to communicate with each other — how our work day went, what happened over the weekend, giving a speech at work, etc. But few...

Overcome Fear, Compl...

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”   —  H.P. Lovecraft There are some writers who cannot wait to get their words down on paper and who nearly stumble over themselves with eagerness to share those...

Write That Novel You...

Let me guess. You’ve got a lot of ideas, any of which would make a fantastic novel – if only you had the time to write them down. I know what it’s like. I’ve been there. Let’s face it, writing can be hard. It can be intimidating. It takes a lot of time. And then after all of that...

Can you make “believers” out of potential readers? Sep11

Can you make “...

What do we mean by the line above? Why “believers?” If you’re a writer of nonfiction, writing well simply isn’t enough to get people to buy your book. Nonfiction requires authors with deep knowledge of their subject matter, an authoritative voice, and unquestionable credentials. Do...

Self-publishing Stra...

Keith Ogorek, senior vice president of global marketing at Abbott Press and Author Solutions, Inc., will be speaking at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society on Sept. 15, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. If you’re in the area, make sure you don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn more about the...

What’s Your Measure ...

One of the blessings of indie publishing is that you retain creative control over the final product. You determine the title and cover, you create or approve the back cover copy, and you determine the quality of the text. (Side note: Assuming that the text is good, simply because you wrote it,...

Your Secret Weapon for Success: Conference Network...

  In a little less than two months, Writer’s Digest will be launching the first ever Writer’s Digest Conference West. It’ll be our biggest event yet with more speakers, bigger names, a larger venue, and more opportunities to interact, including a massive book signing and cocktail party. Though the last two items on that list may sound like the least beneficial – at least when compared to the educational sessions, panel discussions, and keynote speeches – they’re actually two of the most important. Information about the craft, getting published, building a platform – you can find that in books, magazines, online courses,...