Tag: tips for authors
Wow. Only a few more days left in 2014... We published a lot of articles this year, providing independent authors with free tips on how to write, publish, and market books successfully. Now that 2014 is nearly behind us, I thought we should list some of our readers’ favorite articles this year.
There's no getting around the fact that as a writer you must produce your craft either on paper or on a digital device of some kind. Even if you subscribe to voice recognition software where your dictation becomes your written work, there is time and commitment involved in creating all forms of writing. How, then, does the serious writer stay on task?
It’s hard to know when to stop sometimes, isn’t it? Over the last few years, it’s been drilled into our heads that we must deliver outstanding content to be a successful blogger. If we don’t, Google will reject us. And no one wants to be rejected by Google. So we add a bit more, tinkering here and there in hopes of finding the right combination of eye candy to entice our readers. But none of it really seems to work and what we’re left with is visual clutter, overworked posts, and unremarkable content. So, how do we streamline our blogging process to deliver the relevant, quality content our readers demand? Let’s see what the online authorities can share to help us in our quest for blogging simplicity.
From avoiding typos to communicating what makes your book unique and compelling, here are 15 things to focus on when crafting a query letter for your book. It's worth reading the whole piece for details, but I thought I'd summarize his points below — just in case you're the skimming type: 1. An effective query letter does NOT have any typos, spelling errors, or grammatical/punctuation goofs. 2. An effective query letter contains all the basic information (book summary, quick author intro, why you're writing to this agent, etc.) 3. An effective query letter does NOT contain information that is irrelevant to your book or the purpose of your querying. 4. An effective query letter clearly states the genre of your book.
Returning to old scraps of your writing ideas is one of the best ways to cure writer's block. That's why it's important to write everything down: the brilliant lines, the half-baked notions, and that nonsense you scribbled on a sticky-note after a dream.