Writing For Young Children

July 20th, 2021 | Articles | Victoria Passey

Writing For Young Children

Stories are where many of us first learn to use our imagination and think outside ourselves. We learn to empathize, experiment, and build connections through the power of words.

According to Jim Trelease, author of best-selling Read-Aloud Handbook, several studies have shown that children can begin to enjoy reading while they are still in utero, associating the familiar sounds and tones of being read to with comfort and security. It’s no wonder there’s such a large emphasis on reading in school and so many authors dream of seeing their books on display at the Scholastic Book Fair.

When Is Fair Use Fair?

July 1st, 2021 | Articles | Michele Preisendorf & Angela Eschler

When Is Fair Use Fair?

Writers love quotes, songs, and funny or inspirational images. What word-nerd doesn’t? We tape them on our mirrors, dashboards, and walls and post them to our websites. We like them to set the tone for our novels, start our nonfiction chapters off with inspiration and insight, and add authority to our own ideas. But many writers are never quite sure what’s safe to quote—how much, and in what contexts? Are there instances when you can safely borrow material that belongs to someone else without infringing on their copyright? And what happens if you do—accidentally, of course—infringe on someone’s copyright?

7 Steps for Hiring a Good Editor

June 14th, 2021 | Articles | Victoria Passey

Victoria Passey

There are several types of editing: content/developmental editing, substantive/deep-line editing, copyediting, and proofreading, as well as edits for style guides and fact-checking. Together, they create a funnel of sorts, progressively narrowing down to your finished, publication-ready manuscript.

Carving Out Time to Read — You Know You Want to Do It!

May 31th, 2021 | Articles

You know all about the benefits of reading—you know, boosts your intelligence, expands your vocabulary, improves your writing skills, reduces stress, increases your critical thinking ability, improves your memory. (Oh, and it’s just plain enjoyable!) You might also know by now that many successful people have one thing in common: they read every day. Since you know all that, you probably want to read.

How to Choose the Best Distribution Model for Your eBook — Direct vs. Third Party

May 18th, 2021 | Articles | Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Authors regularly ask what the best option is when it comes to distribution for their self-published eBooks.
 
My usual answer is, it depends.
 

There are definite pros and cons to publishing direct. Using a third-party distributor can have its own pros and cons. The trick is to leverage those specific pros and cons within the goals, plans, strategies, and tactics you want to employ for every single book you publish. Remember, you can always decide different things for different books.

Why You Should Read Outside Your Favorite Genre

May 10th, 2021 | Articles

You’ve already found a lot of great books that check all of your boxes and fit snugly into your favorite genre. Why branch out? Consider these reasons why expanding your library once in a while could actually improve your reading experience.

How to Find Inspiration as a Writer

May 3rd, 2021 | Articles

Is your next big idea at the tip of your fingers? Or are you staring at a wall of writer’s block? No matter where you are in your writing journey, you can always use inspiration. But getting that inspiration can be easier said than done. So what can you do to make it easier?

“Print, Ebooks, and Audiobooks – Which is the Best?”

April 16th, 2021 | Articles

If you’re an avid reader, chances are that you have a strong opinion on where you get your books from. Some purists might prefer to have paper and ink in their hands, and those who are busier may swear by audiobooks. Meanwhile, someone else may be partial to the ease and accessibility of an eBook.

What Genre Should You Market Your Novel As

March 1st, 2021 | Articles

As accessibility to publishing increases, books are becoming more diverse. Genres no longer follow the cookie-cutter formats set by publishing houses. While this gives so much freedom to authors, it can also make things confusing when marketing your book.

Why Adults Can and Should Read Young Adult Fiction

February 11th, 2021 | Articles

If you’re over the age of eighteen, you’ve probably experienced this: You walk into a bookstore or library looking for something to read. You start to go toward the young adult (or YA) section, but you hesitate. After all, you’re an adult now. You should be reading adult books. Unfortunately, when you get to the adult section, you can’t find anything you want to read, so you end up not reading anything.

Essential Online Marketing Tools to Build Your Brand

February 3rd, 2021 | Articles

For authors and entrepreneurs alike, the internet is the single greatest window to your audience. As time passes, this will only grow truer. It’s essential to build an online platform, but we know this can be intimidating. Luckily, you can create a professional brand without degrees in graphic design or marketing.

How to Become a Better Reader

January 25th, 2021 | Articles

Is your New Year’s Resolution to read more? Reading increases focus and concentration while lowering stress, but finding the time and energy can be difficult. Whether you’re just starting or have already built up the habit, there are ways to achieve your goals.

How to Build Good Writing Habits in the New Year

January 15th, 2021 | Articles

It’s 2021 and you, like many writers, have probably made a resolution to write more. We all know the stereotypes about New Year’s Resolutions
—they never last. Well, that doesn’t have to be true for you.

The Hidden Benefits of Reading

November 30th, 2020 | Articles

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We’ve all been told about the importance of reading, but many of us feel like we barely have time to sit for a full meal, much less to pull out a book. As obligations increase and time does not, reading becomes the least of our priorities. So, how important is reading? And what types of books are the best?

Five Ways to Fight NaNoWriMo Burnout

November 19th, 2020 | Articles

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By now, as we come close to the middle of November, you’ve probably heard of a little something called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). In fact, you may have even joined the frenzy yourself!

For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is both a community and an event. Once a year, this group of writers gets (virtually) together and attempts to maintain a writing streak of 1,667 words a day for the entire month….

Authors, Now is Your Time To Act!

Mar 25, 2020 | Articles

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With all the uncertainty and general scariness of the world around us right now, specifically in regards to Covid-19, many writers have been asking themselves a question they never thought they’d contemplate. Should I even be writing anymore? The answer is absolutely yes.

Yes, we are in a period of social isolation right now. The economy feels like it’s on a roller coaster. Some people have lost their jobs or have had their hours drastically reduced. A lot of people are cooped up in their homes. They’re trying to find ways to cut back. We see reports of bookstores suffering. The natural question is will people be buying books? For the surprising answer to that question, let’s look back over a decade…