Spring Cleaning For ...

It’s that time of the year when winter fades away and spring slowly emerges. With this changing of seasons, a lot of us turn our focus toward spring cleaning. The start of a new season mixed with the cleanliness of your home gives one the feeling of being refreshed and recharged. Just like...

Make the Most of You...

With the 2013 Writer’s Digest Conference East just around the corner, we thought we’d take a look at a quote from the featured keynote speaker of this much-anticipated event — Adriana Trigiani. How does this bestselling, prolific and beloved writer go about her work? “Everything has...

The Value of Writing Conferences

On April 5-7, Writer’s Digest will be hosting a large writing conference in New York City. What’s new this year is that even though much of the conference covers topics of interest to self-published authors, such as creating a career out of e-books or learning how to build a brand for your work, we’re launching the event with a full day of programming devoted exclusively to self-published authors. It’s an exciting time when self-published authors can have a conference all to themselves. So why attend a conference? (And by that I mean any conference, not just ours.) Conferences provide you with the kind of classroom session...

The 12 Fundamental Principles of Platform, Part 2 Mar27

The 12 Fundamental Principles of Platform, Part 2

Back on March 6th, I wrote a post about Create Your Writer Platform, a new book by Chuck Sambuchino. In it, we looked at the first six of 12 principles detailing how to create an effective platform, which is becoming increasingly important to the self-published author. In today’s post, we’re going to look at those last six principles: 7. Start small, start early — and hope for tipping points. With this suggestion, Sambuchino is making it clear that you shouldn’t wait to have a published book in order to start working on your platform. Certainly it’s a bit easier if you already have one, but if you wait until then, you’ve delayed...

Make Writing a Prior...

With a busy work life, family life, social life, etc., it can be easy to lose focus on your writing life. Because finding  time to write can be a struggle, you have to make  time to write instead. “There are many excuses not to write. Try using writing as an excuse not to do other...

Benefits of Giving Your Book Away for Free Mar21

Benefits of Giving Y...

It probably sounds counterintuitive to give away your book for free — the book you have most likely worked on for years, struggling to write at times. Why in the world would you give your book away for $0.00? If you want your book’s message to get noticed, one way to do it is to be...

Writing takes Confidence

The world of writing and publishing can be harsh, discouraging and intimidating. Because writers regularly put themselves in a position to have their work scrutinized and rejected, it’s important to develop not only thick skin, but a healthy dose of self-confidence. You’ll need this confidence at each stage of the writing process — from finishing the first draft of a manuscript and working through revisions to reaching out to agents and submitting your work to contest, journals and conferences. “Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to...

Windowpane Writing

There are many ways to assess the quality of one’s writing. “Good writing” can mean many different things to many different people, but let’s take a look at what the great George Orwell has to say on the matter: “Good writing is like a windowpane.” —...

3 Tips on How to Create a Career out of E-books

E-book publishing doesn’t fit every author’s writing goals, but think about the potential: You can sell copies of it for the rest of your life.  An e-book can be available for download indefinitely unlike traditionally published books that eventually go out of print. Numerous self-published e-book authors are working hard in hopes of gaining the same success as a few self-published e-book author legends — such as Amanda Hocking, Darcie Chan and John Locke. Before you jump into the industry, you first must realize that most of these successful authors were able to make a living off of their e-books only after years of consistently...

12 Fundamental Principles of Platform, Part 1 Mar06

12 Fundamental Princ...

Whether you’ve chosen to self-publish or publish traditionally, you’ll still be challenged to sell your book. Getting it listed on Amazon or BN.com only puts your work where readers can find it. It’s your job to make them want to look for it in the first place, then buy it. How do you...

Writing with Style

On the path to discovering your unique voice as a writer (your style), you need only be yourself. Your style is yours alone and cannot be forced, faked or based on imitation. “Style is to forget all styles.” — Jules Renard Tweet this Quote While finding your own style isn’t something...

Q&A with Author...

At the age of 9, Charles Ota Heller picked up a revolver and shot a Nazi. With dark memories of his childhood in German-occupied Czechoslovakia, Heller tried his best to let his past fade away once arriving safely in the United States at age 13. It wasn’t until decades later that...

Let Your Words Sing

Like other forms of art, part of the beauty of writing has little to do with the message or meaning behind the words. Words — like individual brush strokes or notes of a song — can be beautiful on their own. While beautiful words become more powerful when they form a larger story or idea...

The Book in You: Thr...

There are many stages to discovering the book in you. You might be wondering how to write a story, or you might already be in the process of writing. But no matter which stage you’re currently in, eventually you’ll be searching for the answers on how to get published. Prepping for...

Promoting Your Novel Part 2: Contests, Preparation...

Recently on the Abbott Press blog, award-winning author Rebecca D. Elswick shared the first two steps of the “full-scale assault plan” she had ready for her book Mama’s Shoes  when it debuted. In Promoting Your Novel Part 1, Elswick focused on the importance of networking and social media when marketing your book. Now, it’s time for Part 2, in which you’ll learn the benefits of entering contests, how to prepare for marketing opportunities, and the three keys to creating success as an author:   Step Three: Contests — Now that I’ve networked ways to get my books “out there” and submerged myself in social media,...

Just Keep Writing

Sitting down to work on your writing can be difficult when you’re feeling uninspired. But if you allow yourself to back off of your writing goals each time writer’s block rears its ugly head, you could end up in a cycle of procrastination that prevents you from creating something...

Celebrate Your Love ...

It’s February 14th, and what better way to honor the day than to share what we love about writing? Following are a few quotes from the Writer’s Digest staff. If there’s something in particular that you love about writing, let us know in the comments section below!   I love how writing...

A Romance Reading List Feb13

A Romance Reading Li...

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to celebrate the romance genre and get swept away in the pages of a romance novel. Here are just a handful of well-reviewed romance books from Abbott Press authors:   Without Thinking Twice by...

Write to Discover What You Know

Writing — at its best — can be one of the most satisfying of creative endeavors. Whether working on a novel or scribbling in a journal, writing offers a unique opportunity to turn your thoughts, feelings, ideas and creativity into something more tangible. “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” — Flannery O’Connor Even when you begin writing with a fully conceived storyline or message in mind, it’s not unusual to end up with a draft that hardly resembles your original intentions. A single sentence can spark a tangential string of writing that brings you to an unexpected place. A character might...

Promoting Your Novel...

You have spent years writing and rewriting a book. You’ve slaved over every sentence, often stressing over one word for days. Your paragraphs are works of art. They build into perfectly constructed chapters that entice the reader to turn the page. You are ready to publish. Now it’s time...