How Do I Know If Writing a Book Will Help My Business?

If you are in business, writing a book will help put you out in front of your competition. Depending on the industry, many small businesses find it difficult to position their businesses where they would like when faced with the competition of larger corporations, who have more resources. However, as a small business, you have more flexibility to make decisions that can directly affect both your position in the industry and your bottom line. Let’s face it, folks, we’re all in business to make Read more [...]

Book Awards for Independent Publishers

Many people think that because you are self-published, you cannot win a book award. Perhaps, in the past that was the case. However, the publishing world has changed drastically. There are only a handful of traditional publishers with a host of independent publishers, and even more self-publishing outlets, including on-demand-printing companies. Self-publishing is independent publishing, which takes the self-published book out of the old Vanity Press mindset. While the Vanity Press stigma has evaporated Read more [...]

Abundance and Writing

It is a mindset of “abundance” that we normally hear discussed. Abundant thinking helps us become more successful business people or experience successful careers. When we come to “abundance,” we no longer see diminished capacity or limiting thoughts. Therefore, when we speak of abundance for our writing, we become aware of an infinite wellspring of creativity that allows us to write from a place of abundance. If you sit down at your computer with the thought of having abundance, your Read more [...]

Book Trailers: Get Yours Going!

  Book Trailers? What’s that? No, it’s not a trailer full of books. No, it’s not a trail of books either! Think video, creative, and cinematic!   The newest mode of marketing your book has taken a very creative direction. Take the illustrations from your book and create a video with voice and music. Granted, if your book doesn’t have a lot of illustrations, you may have to get even more creative. What would represent your body of work captured in your book?   Let’s Read more [...]

Foreshadowing and Breadcrumbs

When writing fiction, in particular, and sometimes real life stories, the art of foreshadowing can pull the reader through your story. You want to pull your reader through your entire book, because then, your reader will have read your whole book. Foreshadowing Definition—To present an indication or suggestion beforehand or to foretell an event before it happens. For example: On a dark, and stormy night, the girl shivered under her covers. This is somewhat of a cliché opening for many novels. Read more [...]

How to Write a Good Hook

A good hook not only intrigues us and peaks our interest but also frustrates and gives you a sense of urgency that causes you to read further. According to Writer’s Digest, this is a simple formula. “Create the stakes (and the suspense) in your story. Show your reader something she wants, and then threaten it.”   A good example would be: The elderly woman now on oxygen answered the phone to a Jaimacan-speaking man telling her she had won 10 million dollars. Miss Ida Mae and her Read more [...]

Questions for Building a Fantasy World

Does this world resemble Earth? Do the laws of nature and physics differ in this world? Is magic present in this world? How do you know? What part does magic play in this world? What do the people look like in this world? Do they look like humans, elves or dwarfs? What is the culture and ethnic diversity in this world? How old is this world? Did the people of this world evolve or did they come from another world…where? Are there a lot of people in this world? What sort of villages, Read more [...]

The Writer’s Platform

No, a Writer’s Platform is not the kind of platform that you stand upon, at least, not literally. Let’s take the image of a platform, stage, podium, dais, or display raised area and think about it more metaphorically. The Writer’s Platform is basically all the things you are doing to market yourself. These days, you call it your brand. Everything you do should be to build your brand. I know, I know, I’m talking about you as the brand. How can you sell yourself as a writer, isn’t it enough Read more [...]

Writing for Young Adults

Writing Irrisitible Kidlit by Mary Kole from Writer’s Digest Books (www.writersdigest.com) discusses everything from target audience to. To write for the young adult reader, Kole writes, “Remember the electricity of adolescence? You have your first love, your first seriously bad decision, your first moment of profound pride, the first time you’re a hero.” Young adults (YA) like most genres. Fantasy is big with the YA market, but so is romance. One of the biggest errors that writers who want Read more [...]

Self-Publishing vs Indie Publishing

There is still a lot of question in some people's minds about what the difference is between indie publishing and self-publishing. Indie publishing and self-publishing can sometimes be considered the same. However, as a self-published author, you are normally paying a "vanity" press, which charges you for every process. Vanity publishing often means that you pay and pay and pay for the privilege of someone else making money on your work. They operate a lot like a traditional publisher with the exception Read more [...]