Coming Up with a Book Title That Grabs You

If I had a dollar for every person who laughed loudly when they heard the title of my new novel, I’d be a rich woman, according to the cliché. “Finding Clarity: A Mom, A Dwarf and a Posh Private School in the People’s Republic of Berkeley” typically causes a two-second pause before hearty har-hars. And that was precisely my intention: to telegraph to someone hearing about my novel for the first time that it is a bucket of fun with a rich interior and unexpected twists in a notoriously wacky city.

Writing Lessons from Clive Cussler: Place a Bet on Yourself

Clive Cussler told BookBaby that what made his success possible - and what enabled him to reap the rewards from it - was that he placed two major bets on himself. Here is why.
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Pen Names: How And Why To Use Them

When my first book was being published, I toyed with the idea of using a pen name for about three seconds. Looking back, I may have missed an opportunity.
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Your Eight-part Story Check

A fully-developed manuscript will be rich from beginning to end, from the big to the small. How does yours hold up to this eight-part check?

How to Write a Query Letter That Works.

Here are 3 quick videos with great advice on how to compose a winning query letter.
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Crafting The Perfect Chapter

There are many ways to use chapters effectively in your writing, just make sure your design is never random and you're on your way to crafting the perfect chapter.

Writing Quotes by Famous Authors

Writing Quotes from Famous AuthorsWriter's on writing: 21 tips to inspire your prose and poetry

Are you in need of some big inspiration from masters of verse and fiction? Well sit down and read one of their books! ; ) If you're just looking for a little boost, though — here are some short quotes* about the writing process that might help you out of a creative jam: 1. "First thought is best in Art, second in other matters." — William Blake 2. "Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.” — Kurt Vonnegut 3. "Only bad writers think that their work is really good." — Anne Enright


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