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...

Let’s Talk About Que...

The following blog post was originally written by K.C. Sherwood on June 6, 2013 Ah yes, the dreaded query letter. Pure, unadulterated torture. In my opinion, the whole querying process should be considered one of Dante’s circles of hell. But, if we want to go the traditional route, we all...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Future of Books Is Digital, On-Demand and Indi...

Earlier this month, I had the good fortune to attend Digital Book World 2013. DBW is the premiere educational event for publishers, editors, agents, production managers and high-level publishing execs. Attendees spend three days learning how to make the industry stronger by embracing new technologies and publishing strategies, learning about new publishing options (and what authors think about them), and thinking ahead to anticipate changing reader habits. It would be well worth your time to visit the DBW website and sign up for their daily newsletter.  Though the conference itself is geared more toward the publishing industry, the daily...

Writing Your Future

There are two schools of thought when it comes to destiny. The first states that all is preordained and that all things happen according to a plan that cannot be changed or avoided. The other believes that fate does not exist and that our lives progress, for the most part, as directed by our...

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...

Life After NaNoWriMo...

Last month, writers everywhere participated in National Novel Writing Month with the ambitious goal of completing a 50,000-word novel manuscript. If you reached your November writing goal, congratulations! You’ve already accomplished something impressive, yet finishing the first draft of a...

To Pen Name or Not t...

Paraphrasing the Bard, it’s a BIG question — an important one, too — and not a subject to take lightly before your first book is published or before you publish in a new genre. There are pros and cons; and we can argue ourselves blue trying to come up with a “right” answer. I know...

Smart Publishing: Fi...

Like many writers, you might have a deep, driving desire to publish your works. But where do you start? Book publishing is a whole new world separate from writing, so don’t worry if you have questions. While you’re narrowing your search for a publisher, whether you chose to publish with...

Self-publishing Stra...

Keith Ogorek, senior vice president of global marketing at Abbott Press and Author Solutions, Inc., will be speaking at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society on Sept. 15, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. If you’re in the area, make sure you don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn more about the...

Tired of Hearing about Platform? Aug30

Tired of Hearing abo...

How many times has some helpful soul told you that in order to succeed as an author, you need a platform? Either a network of fans who will support (i.e. buy) your book or a mechanism, such as a well-regarded newsletter or blog, that enables you to let people know that your book is available....

Let’s Talk Getting P...

Hello there! I’m Phil Sexton, Publisher of Writer’s Digest. This new blog provides a space for us to talk about writing, self publishing, platform building and more. I’m hopeful that you’ll find insights and ideas for making your book the best it can be – and as successful as...