Q&A with Writer’s Digest Mark of Qualit...

We recently announced that Cliff of the Ruin, by Bonnie McKernan, was the fifth winner of the prestigious Writer’s Digest Mark of Quality. The book has received effusive praise, including Midwest Book Review which “very much recommended” the title. The Past in Review cautions readers of sleeplessness, stating “leave it in the hands of an accomplished writer and you are about to pull an all-nighter of a reading session.” Here we dig a little deeper into Bonnie’s inspiration and future writing plans. What inspired you to write Cliff of the Ruin? It started with a question: Is there a difference between wishful thinking...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

What’s Your Measure ...

One of the blessings of indie publishing is that you retain creative control over the final product. You determine the title and cover, you create or approve the back cover copy, and you determine the quality of the text. (Side note: Assuming that the text is good, simply because you wrote it,...

Your Secret Weapon for Success: Conference Network...

  In a little less than two months, Writer’s Digest will be launching the first ever Writer’s Digest Conference West. It’ll be our biggest event yet with more speakers, bigger names, a larger venue, and more opportunities to interact, including a massive book signing and cocktail party. Though the last two items on that list may sound like the least beneficial – at least when compared to the educational sessions, panel discussions, and keynote speeches – they’re actually two of the most important. Information about the craft, getting published, building a platform – you can find that in books, magazines, online courses,...

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...