I don’t have kids, but I do know a lot of kids, and J.V. Speyer’s guest column for this week’s Pen to Pen feature had me laughing in recognition. Whether you’re a parent or simply have trouble explaining your job to loved ones of any age, this post is sure to strike a chord. It also provides some great ideas for melding career and family life. Read on! … Read more
Pronoun, an e-book distribution start-up that sought to bring higher royalties to independent authors, has announced it’s closing effective January 15, 2018. Authors who distribute with Pronoun need to shift to other distributors or do all the distribution themselves. Here’s a quick overview of things to consider if you’re one of these authors.
When you’ve revised your story so many times you can no longer see its flaws, online copyediting software can help. Here are four of the best for writers. … Read more
One of my favorite fantasy authors, Olivia Helling, is looking for authors of LGBTQ fiction who enjoy spinning grim yarns to participate in a giveaway on BookFunnel. Whether yours is a fantastical story falling into the grimdark or horror genres, or a novel that’s simply heartbreaking, this could be your opportunity to reach new readers. … Read more
Every year, people around the world announce their intention to write a novel in one month. You could be one of them! Here’s how to win NaNoWriMo. … Read more
Jayne Lockwood explores the hazards and joys of upending beloved fiction tropes—themes and devices that readers have come to expect when reading certain genres. … Read more
It’s important not to sign any offer that a publisher sends you. M Pepper Langlinais was here on Tuesday talking about how to evaluate a small publisher based on its books, online presence, and marketing efforts. Now she’s back to talk about the legal stuff: contract terms.
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In this week’s Pen to Pen guest column, author M Pepper Langlinais guides you in finding the best small publisher for your book. … Read more
In this week’s Pen to Pen column, author Sarah Hadley Brook tells of her entry into publishing later in life and the challenges of fitting her second career into an already busy schedule. It’s advice we can all benefit from, whether we’re new to writing or have been publishing for a long time. … Read more
Just like it takes practice to get good at sex, it also takes practice to get good at writing about it. Award-winning romance author Elizabeth Lister is here to pass on what she’s learned and to help you draw from your own experiences when writing about this crucial part of a character’s story. … Read more