The Future of Books Is Digital, On-Demand and Indi...

Earlier this month, I had the good fortune to attend Digital Book World 2013. DBW is the premiere educational event for publishers, editors, agents, production managers and high-level publishing execs. Attendees spend three days learning how to make the industry stronger by embracing new technologies and publishing strategies, learning about new publishing options (and what authors think about them), and thinking ahead to anticipate changing reader habits. It would be well worth your time to visit the DBW website and sign up for their daily newsletter.  Though the conference itself is geared more toward the publishing industry, the daily...

Writing the First Se...

If there’s anyone I’d feel safe taking writing advice from, it’s Joyce Carol Oates — one of the most prolific writers of our time. Having published over 120 books over the course of her career, surely she must know something about powering through a first draft and reworking it until...

Earning the Mark of Quality: James Genco’s Nonfict...

Here at Abbott Press, we’re happy to announce our fourth title to receive the prestigious Writer’s Digest’s Mark of Quality distinction. Congratulations to avid historian and author James Genco and his book “Into the Tornado of War.” About the Book “Into the Tornado of War” is a thrilling nonfiction work that chronicles the Civil War through the eyes of a group of volunteer soldiers from western Michigan who join the battle against the Confederacy in America’s most brutal and bloody war. Genco draws from hundreds of letters, diaries and memoirs to piece together the dramatic story of the Twenty-First Michigan Volunteer...

How to Write a Ficti...

It begins surreptitiously. Multiple characters speak to you, and each point of view is important. Complex patterns of plots, each with its own protagonist, weave through your pages. You write, and you write, and you write. One by one, you attempt to resolve plot arcs, even if they don’t...

Readers as Accomplic...

  “All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.” — Steve Almond Many people talk about fiction in terms of truth and lies. While “lies” can feel like a harsh word to describe the...

Writing Your Future

There are two schools of thought when it comes to destiny. The first states that all is preordained and that all things happen according to a plan that cannot be changed or avoided. The other believes that fate does not exist and that our lives progress, for the most part, as directed by our...

There is only one plot…

  There’s much to be said about the craft of writing. That’s why each week on the Abbott Press blog, we’ll take a look at what some of our favorite authors and thinkers have to say about this challenging, fulfilling and sometimes mystifying art. We hope these discussions will help you to further refine your own ideas about writing and to achieve new insights into your own creative process. We begin our series of Weekly Writing Quotes with something from pulp crime fiction author Jim Thompson on the subject of plot: “There is only one plot — things are not what they seem.” — Jim Thompson For writers who already excel...

Five Ways to Make Yo...

As an editor with Writer’s Digest, I’ve been afforded the opportunity to judge more than my fair share of self-published book contests. The contests are always fun and inspiring, but they’re also instructive.  Over the years, I’ve developed a checklist of five elements that make a...

How to use Pinterest as a Writer Jan03

How to use Pinterest...

The last thing many writers want is another social networking platform to worry about. But, as Pinterest has found its place among top social media sites, it’s worth your time to investigate how you might use this popular online space as a resource. Unlike most social media platforms,...