How to Be Your Own Publicist

How to Be Your Own Publicist

A good publicist can make or break your book – but they can also be very expensive! If you're strapped for cash, don't worry! With a little bit of work and a lot of confidence in yourself, you can be your own publicist.

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8 Social Media Tips for Authors

8 Social Media Tips for Authors

Building a social media presence from scratch, especially if you’ve never invested in anything like that before, can be daunting. But it doesn’t have to be! In this article, we’ll help you go from zero to social media hero without breaking a sweat – or the bank.

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The Smart Way to Spend Your Shoestring Budget

The Smart Way to Spend Your Shoestring Budget

Say you’ve only got a small amount of money (for example, $250) to spend on marketing your book. What should you spend it on? How can you use those resources most effectively? Here are our recommendations for what to purchase.

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Learn to Choose the Right Words Every Time

Learn to Choose the Right Words Every Time

When you approach revision, ask yourself the following questions: Am I repeating myself anywhere? Am I using clichés? Am I relying on telling too much, or could I use another detail or two? Is this word/phrase/sentence necessary? How can I say more with less? In this article, Stacia Fleegal helps us learn to choose the right words, every time.

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Building a World Within a World: Worldbuilding and Historical Fiction

Building a World Within a World: Worldbuilding and Historical Fiction

Good stories require an immersive world to plunge readers into. If you're writing historical fiction, you'll need to pay attention to historical accuracy to ground your characters' relationships, motivations, and conflicts. In this article, author Caroline Jackson shows us how.

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The Eagle Problem: Why Authors Must Be Careful with Magic

The Eagle Problem: Why Authors Must Be Careful with Magic

Powerful magic is fun in theory, but it can ruin the logic of your plot. Kyle A. Massa covers one of the most infamous examples of this issue and the lessons authors can learn from it.

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World-building: What You Need to Know

World-building: What You Need to Know

If you write science fiction or fantasy, your readers expect to drop into a new world. But regardless of what type of fiction you write, you'll need to build a believable society for your story. We take a look at how.

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25 Books with Big Ideas

25 Books with Big Ideas

Sometimes, a book can change the world. In this list, Caroline Jackson explores 25 books with big ideas that had the power to inspire transformation.

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Learning How to Write Mystery

Learning How to Write Mystery

When writing mystery, manipulating your target audience to keep them turning pages is key. Here's how to write like Agatha Christie.

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How Nicole Scarano Learned to Love the Edit

How Nicole Scarano Learned to Love the Edit

Nicole Scarano never thought she would be an author, yet here she is: one book published and another due this year. This is the story of how that happened.

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How to Write Romance like Nora Roberts

How to Write Romance like Nora Roberts

One of the most prolific romance writers, Nora Roberts, writes a new romance novel every 45 days. How does she do it? We examine.

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How to Build Worlds like J.R.R. Tolkien

How to Build Worlds like J.R.R. Tolkien

When you build another world, you’re responsible for creating everything from the flora and fauna surviving in this new universe to a variety of species, including man, who inhabit your world. Here's how to do it.

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The Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time

The Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time

We culled some of the biggest reader polls from Goodreads and National Public Radio’s Books. The following top 25 best Science Fiction books ever published were voted on by thousands of devoted science fiction readers.

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How Writers Can Use Meditation to Improve Their Craft

How Writers Can Use Meditation to Improve Their Craft

Focus and creativity are two things that writers desperately need. Meditation can help writers get what they need to make sure they are on track with their writing goals.

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You Don't Need a PhD to Be an Academic Editor

You Don't Need a PhD to Be an Academic Editor

You don't need a PhD to become a successful academic editor. With earnest effort, any scrupulous editor will be able to tackle academic editing sooner rather than later. This article tells you how.

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