Another story finished today and I finally got the idea for the cover design. Now all I have to do is finish two more stories and the cover, which if all goes well, will be happening next week, I’ve been putting everything off much too much and I really need to finish stuff I start.
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As I was working I suddenly became aware of a repetition in this book. There seemed to be a disappropriate amount of number four and turning left. Building four, room four, four streets, four floors, four people. And then everyone was turning left. Left into, left out of, left hand, left tilt. Finding this strange [...] read more »
Whenever I reach the midpoint of a book I become inexplicably depressed and instead of celebrating the achievement I decide it is all rubbish and not worth the effort. I feel as if I have lost the thread of meaning that drives it all and suddenly it becomes no more than a wandering bunch of [...] read more »
In a forum of freelance writers, self-publishing books and magazines is one of those topics that perennially come up. More and more writers now are opting to self-publish to keep their rights and to lessen overhead costs. With digital publishing software now available, it has even become much easier and more cost-effective for writers to [...] read more »
The challenging part of a writer’s life is to publish a work. Writing a book is not easy, granting that the variety of readers around the world is enormously huge in segment.
But try to look back the good example of the book “Harry Potter series” almost all teenagers are eager to buy a copy prior to the launching of the book. What we are trying to analyze here is not about the plot of the book but the importance of either the... read more »
Please join Marsha Casper Cook on April 23 at 9 PM EST 8PM CST 7 PM MT 6PM PST on A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY when she welcomes Lauren Carr and Kelly Abell as her special guests. This is going to be both entertaining and informative. These two women are not only successful authors they have companies that help publish, format and promote authors. They’re great at marketing and helping writers get noticed and have successful careers as authors. Also Cindy McDonald, an author with Acorn will be joining us... read more »
Back in 2010 I came across an eBook publishing house called Smashwords. It was kind of big at the time, but not like it is today. I remember trying to upload my very first book to the site and pulling my hair out because I kept getting vetting errors. I fussed and fretted about the [...] read more »
Today an announcement flew about the internet. I first saw it on my Facebook Timeline since I follow Publishers Weekly. Then it was confirmed by the headline across my homepage on Goodreads. Amazon.com just bought Goodreads.com. Huh? How is this going to affect the reader/author experience? A lot of questions will surface over the coming months. [...] read more »
Fear is a strong but often necessary emotion. It can be both motivational and paralyzing. Writers, especially beginners, often allow fear to prevent them either finishing or publishing a piece of work. I have many social connections with writers on the internet and I’ve noticed a tendency amongst some, often the most sensitive, to find excuses not to finish a piece of work. They’re forever editing their work as they go along. They fool themselves into the idea that they’re seeking perfection. In reality,... read more »
My son recently finished reading Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke. He loved the story but he said it made him feel sad that the book had ended. Funny that we continue to read when we’re immersed in a story—to pull from Maureens earlier post—only to rush to the end. It comes all too soon, especially [...] read more »