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...

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...

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...

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...

Writing Influences: ...

Few things are more beneficial to your writing than reading the work of other great writers. Reading and studying the greats can show you what’s possible, teach you what works, and give you inspiration. But once you’ve soaked in all the wonder and wisdom from your favorite...

Why Abbott Press is ...

  Now that you’ve finished your manuscript, or at least started it, your next step is to decide which publisher you want to publish your book. With all of the publishing houses available, picking one can be overwhelming. As an aspiring writer, you should consider the option of...

How to Get Your Self-Published Book on Shelves

  While e-books are great (and steadily becoming “the norm”), most first-time authors still look for the thrill of seeing their hard or soft cover books on the shelf of a bookstore. After all, if your book is on a shelf in a brick-and-mortar store, you can claim the same mantel of “author” as Stephen King, John Grisham or Nora Roberts, if not the same sales figures. Of course, for authors who are published the traditional way through the major publishing houses, books in stores is generally part of the package. For those of us who self-publish, we need to find other avenues to see our books physically displayed. As a first-time...

5 Tips for Promoting Your Book on Goodreads May09

5 Tips for Promoting...

These days, promoting your book on social media sites is a must. Facebook and Twitter are great tools to use, but there’s another site out there that connects authors to their audience. Goodreads is a website where readers can browse through virtual bookshelves, find book reviews, and...

Now’s the Time to Pursue Your Writing Goals

In the writing world, there’s little room for fear. The moment you decide you want to be a writer, the time has come to put all self-doubt aside and simply go for it. It takes confidence, persistence and action to reach any writing goal — from finishing a draft of a manuscript to promoting your published work. “I don’t think you have time to waste not writing because you are afraid you won’t be good at it.”  ― Anne Lamott Most writers — no matter how talented — go through phases of writing work they’re not happy with, getting rejections, and struggling to find people who are interested in their work. It’s...

Get into the Zone an...

Sometimes the hardest thing about writing is the act of sitting down and getting the work done. Many writers have rituals that they use to get in the right frame of mind to produce material. Mine – which I admit is odd – is to eat a giant bowl of cereal, then put the bowl down next to my...

The “Stress-Free” Art of Writing

The creative moment is something that has fascinated me my whole life. As a child I’d watch my father, a gifted amateur painter, set a blank canvas on his easel, squeeze some paint onto his palette, fill his turpentine cup (ah, that heady, pungent aroma!), and set to work. Gradually he’d transform that blank expanse into a picture of a crashing seashore or a country lane or a collection of objects — bottle, candle, peach — that looked more lively and interesting than real life. How did this happen?, I wondered. How does that peach on that flat surface look more exciting than any real peach could? Later I learned something...

It Feels Like the Ground Is Shaking — But Maybe Th...

Two weekends ago, I was fortunate enough to get to host the annual Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. It’s a somewhat progressive conference as these things go, with a great deal of time spent learning about the business of publishing and the great changes impacting writers, agents and publishers alike. What’s fascinating about all of this is that there wasn’t a sense of fear or anxiety, but rather one of excitement, opportunity and engagement. In general, the level of positive energy was off the charts. I was happy to see this given that this same weekend, Scott Turow, President of The Authors Guild, Inc., published...

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...

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...

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...