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...

5 Tips for Networkin...

by Phil Sexton Publisher, Writer’s Digest Twice a year, every year, Writer’s Digest hosts two large writing conferences, one in New York City, the other in Los Angeles.  The Los Angeles conference will take place Friday through Sunday, 9/27 – 9/29. This year we’re launching the...

The Making of a Best...

In Brian Hill and Dee Power’s book, The Making of a Bestseller, they interview dozens of authors, publishers, editors, and publicists to try and determine what actions help turn a book into a bestseller. It’s an older book written in 2005, prior to the modern age of self-publishing. Most...

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...

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...

Our Most Effective Writing Habits

The editors on the Writer’s Digest staff are often asked what their favorite habits are for overcoming writer’s block and finding inspiration. Following are the ones they’ve found to be the most effective: “When I have trouble focusing, I listen to white noise — like the whir of a fan. It helps me calm myself and step away from “busy work,” be that cleaning the house or talking on Twitter. White noise settles me, and I can get more good writing done when I’m settled.” Chuck Sambuchino, Editor   Tweet This   “When I’m stuck, I always read over what I wrote the day before. It jogs my memory...

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...

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...

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...

Celebrate Your Love ...

It’s February 14th, and what better way to honor the day than to share what we love about writing? Following are a few quotes from the Writer’s Digest staff. If there’s something in particular that you love about writing, let us know in the comments section below!   I love how writing...

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...

Write Engaging Scenes Using All Five Senses

Quick — does your novel need an IV? Or maybe emergency surgery? It might be because your descriptions are flatlining.  You’ve already heard that to create lush, engaging descriptions in your novel, you need to “show, don’t tell.” But “show” implies “sight,” which leaves out our other four senses entirely. To have your reader experience a scene as intimately as possible, you must also incorporate sound, touch, taste and smell. These senses are often neglected, if they’re even addressed at all. To give your descriptions a jolt of electricity, follow these guidelines from Novelist’s Boot Camp by Todd A....

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,...