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How to Write an Amazing About Me Page

About Me pages fill some fiction writers with dread. And yet, a good About Me page is essential to connecting with readers, winning new fans, and even impressing agents, editors, and publishers. The problem is, many of us are introverted artists. We scrawl fiction in our lonely writers’ caves, where the sign at the door [...]

Do You Need a Literary Agent?

Your novel is completed, edited to perfection, and your beta readers love it. Now what? You’ve heard the next step is to approach a literary agent, but do you really need one? The short answer is no. The longer answer is: it depends. For some writers, having a literary agent on your side could make [...]

How to Write a Book Synopsis That Stands Out

So, maybe you sent a query letter off to an agent or publisher, and the news is good: they want to see a full synopsis and a few sample chapters of your book! An author creating a book synopsis is a lot like a marketing writer tasked with putting together an advertisement or online landing [...]

By | December 18th, 2017|Traditional Publishing|2 Comments

How to Write a Winning Query Letter for Traditional Publishers

The most important thing you’ll ever write isn’t your novel. It’s not even your next novel, or your life story, or that email to your boss you can’t quite bring yourself to send. It’s your query letter. This short letter is the key to opening the door to all your dreams – and if you’re hoping [...]

By | December 13th, 2017|Traditional Publishing|1 Comment

5 NaNoWriMo Novels That Were a Commercial Success

Everyone dreams of sailing through NaNoWriMo, completing the 50,000th word with a flourish at 11:58 on November 30th, then spending a leisurely December polishing their manuscript into a budding bestseller for the New Year. The harsh truth is that for most of us, this may not become a reality – but that doesn’t mean it’s [...]

By | November 27th, 2017|Self Publishing, Traditional Publishing, Writer's Life|0 Comments

Guest Post: Do You Have What it Takes to Write a Book?

Today's post comes from one of our dear friends: sought-after speaker, educator and award-winning book coach, Lisa Tener. As a book writing coach, Lisa helps writers in all aspects of the writing process -- from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice, prioritizing projects, developing an author platform, setting clear [...]