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...

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...

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...

How to End a Writing...

When in the middle of a writing session, how do you know when it’s time to stop working? When is time to keep writing, and when is it time to walk away? What’s the key to staying productive and energized? Today, we look for the answer in the words of Ernest Hemingway: “I always...

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...

Country Girl takes a...

Dare to dream. I did, and I ended up in New York City. Granted, that may not impress most people, but to me, a woman who’s lived her whole life in the coalfields of Southwestern Virginia, it felt like somebody handed me the moon. I’m talking about my recent trip to New York City to attend...

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...

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...

You Know Enough

If ever you doubt your capacity for great story ideas, may you find comfort in the words of novelist, poet and memoirist May Sarton: “Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at 15 to write several novels.” — May Sarton When you find yourself struggling to find inspiration, look...

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...

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...

Selling Books on Consignment Nov06

Selling Books on Con...

These days, it’s much simpler for authors to get books into online e-stores than big retail chains, but that certainly doesn’t mean that seeing your book on the shelves of a brick-and-mortar store is out of the question. Smaller bookstores often sell self-published books alongside...

How to Solicit Book Reviews Nov01

How to Solicit Book Reviews

When self publishing a book, the brunt of the marketing and PR footwork falls to the author. There are many routes to take — setting up an author website, perhaps creating banner ads — but one of the most important and effective methods is to place your book with reviewers. While it might be tough to land a review with The New York Times, there are many well-respected book bloggers and small press magazines that are eager to review new books by new authors. Here are some things to keep in mind when approaching book reviewers: Make sure your book is review-worthy. A blogger or professional reviewer may agree to review your book, but if...

News from a professi...

Dr. Mary Speed has counseled families, couples and people in need for 16 years. Her book, Mixed Nuts, provides insight into her life as a therapist. And with Dr. Speed’s recent media attention, there’s no doubt that it provides answers for those with relationship questions. Let’s take a...

K.C. Sherwood Shares...

K.C. Sherwood, author of Midnight at Moonglow’s and Writer’s Digest “Mark of Quality” winner, chronicles her experiences as a first-time novelist in a captivating video interview. Earlier this year Sherwood’s debut novel was recognized with the prestigious Writer’s Digest “Mark...