How To Write

A collection of our most popular BookBaby articles on how to write for both the pro and the novice author.

7 Productivity Strategies to Get Your Writing Done (so you can publish!)

The more important a project is to us, the harder it can be to start and continue--and take it all the way to publication. The more we care, the more we fret.  When we attempt to take our writing to the next level with a more ambitious project such as a complete novel or nonfiction book, a change-the-world manifesto, or even essays or stories that are intellectually or emotionally more rigorous--it's easy to get lost in the complexity of all we want to say and accomplish. What I tell myself over and over is, Just begin! Here are 7 strategies that can help you get--and keep--your writing sea legs and create work you’re proud of. 1. Practice Writing. Find one pinky fingernail bit of your idea, one corner where you can sit at your screen or with a yellow pad and write out several paragraphs, pages, or a whole thread of an idea. Develop small chunks of writing. Getting even a few pages of a chapter opening, one section of a topic, or a single scene drafted can be a huge boost. For non-fiction (including memoir) you can develop starter pages with bullet lists of information you want to fill in. For fiction you can plot out a particular bit of action that can be woven into a seamless whole over the course of writing and rewriting process. When you make your idea concrete, it becomes easier to look at your work as a "project" and not as "you." Believe me, just push forward.

How to Write a Book in Six Weeks (and Live to Tell About It)

[Note: This post was written by guest contributor Beth Hayden, a social media expert and author of Pinfluence: The Complete Guide to Marketing Your Business with Pinterest.]

When I was writing a proposal for my recent book on Pinterest marketing for John Wiley and Sons, my prospective editor asked how quickly I might be able to write the manuscript.

I thought it over and came up with my most aggressive possible timetable: four months. In reply, the editor asked, “Could you do it in six weeks?” “Six weeks? To write a whole BOOK?” I thought. “Is she insane?” But if the editor of a major publishing house wants to give you a book deal — and you won’t get the contract unless you agree to a ridiculously tight timeline — you say yes. And then you figure out how to write a book in six weeks. So that’s exactly what I did. How did I write 35,000 words in six weeks? Read on for my best tips on writing under incredibly short deadlines.

Seven Deadly Sins of Book Promotion

Competitive doesn’t begin to describe today’s book market. According to Bowker, thousands of books/ebooks are published each week, with self-published or indie published books gaining popularity each year. Authors working to build their brand and discoverability platforms need to be as strategic as possible to gain the attention of media and readers. For both novice authors and veteran authors alike, the pitfalls of book publicity are many... What follows are the Seven Deadly Sins of Book Promotion; the mistakes and actions that can destroy an author’s chances to get substantial media coverage, and how to avoid these common pitfalls.
Who is Stealing eBooks?

Who’s stealing eBooks? (and why you shouldn’t worry about piracy)

The following infographic from Encremento provides some fascinating stats on eBook piracy, DRM, and other publishing industry efforts to combat file sharing. But here's the thing: you shouldn't worry about Piracy. It's been years since Amazon's first Kindle came out. Now that so much time has passed, I think it's safe to look at the marketplace and say that the publishing industry will not encounter anything close to the level of piracy suffered by the music industry. Either eBooks and digital music are completely different beasts (they are) or the publishing industry learned from the missteps of their music business counterparts — or a bit of both. But no matter what the reason, the data illustrates that, as always, OBSCURITY is the enemy of independent authors, NOT piracy.

Working As A Ghostwriter

Why would someone hire a ghostwriter? For one thing, it might be the difference between an idea floating around an author's head and an actual book being published.

Advice that every young writer needs to hear…

Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, says there are three rules every writer needs to follow...
great fiction

The Yin And Yang Of Great Fiction

You can be the sweetest person possible in real life, but if you want to write great fiction, you need to be the opposite. You must be the cruel overlord of your story.


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