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,...

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...

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...

What type of writer are you?

If you’re searching for a way to classify your identity as a writer, look no further than this great quote from George R.R. Martin: “I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of...

Mastering Conflict a...

Mickey Spillane once said, “The first line sells your book. The last line sells your next book.” But how do you bridge the gap between those two lines? How do you get readers from Point A to Point Z without them giving up around Point F? (F as in Failed your job as a writer to engage the...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...