Do Publishers Care About an Author’s Online Presence?

Today’s guest post is by Debbie Emmitt.

When presented with a manuscript, publishers are usually thinking ahead to marketing and how likely a book is to sell copies.

As authors, we tend to think of the audience for our website and social media as being our readers (often including a healthy dose of other authors). We often put to the back of our minds other audiences, who may be fewer in number but are nonetheless important groups. These include the media, agents and, of course, publishers.

But just how important is an author’s online platform for the acquisition process, and what elements do publishers look for on an author site?

To find answers, I contacted a large number of publishers with my questions, and a small number of generous souls replied. Continue Reading…

6 Ways to Manipulate Time in Fiction

Today’s guest post is by Martin Cavannagh.

One of the least analyzed literary devices in literature is time.

Time works differently in books. It ceases to be the tyrannical presence that we know in real life and instead becomes a simple tool that the writer manipulates to tell her story. Every great story puts time to work for it on some level—many times, in a way that’s deft and creative.

Okay, so what’s the literary equivalent of Notting Hill’s famous “Walk through the Seasons” sequence in Notting Hill, you might ask? Well, authors have their own tricks up their sleeves when it comes to controlling time. Let’s take a look at them now.

Here are six ways that writers work around the clock to tame time in their stories. Continue Reading…

Using the Ten Key Scene Structure to Frame Up Your Novel

You’ve spent days, maybe weeks or months, brainstorming the terrific novel you’re about to write. You’re sure you have a killer concept that’s original and compelling.

You’ve studied your genre and torn apart best sellers in order to ensure you know just how to write a novel that has the potential to sell big. Your folder is full of great scene ideas, and maybe you’ve put your scenes on index cards and you’re ready to lay out your plot from start to finish.

BUT . . . now what do you do? How do you determine which scenes go where? And how do you know you even have the best scenes for your plot?

Do you have too many nothing or irrelevant scenes? Not enough important ones? You wonder: Is my story sketchy? Do I need a subplot? Will the action sag in the middle? Will readers get bored and throw my book across the room? Continue Reading…

Recent Posts

Organizing Your Writing Workplace for Better Productivity

Organizing Your Writing Workplace for Better Productivity

Today's post is by Lesley Vos. More often than not, we writers don’t craft novels from offices. N[...]
How to Motivate the Writer Inside of You

How to Motivate the Writer Inside of You

Today's guest post is by Arkya Dey. Writing takes a lot of discipline and commitment. Unlike what[...]
How to Make Your Sentences More Descriptive

How to Make Your Sentences More Descriptive

Today's guest post is by Jordan Conrad. The purpose of writing is to communicate information. Thi[...]
10 Ways to Spark Your Story Ideas

10 Ways to Spark Your Story Ideas

Today's guest post is by Chrys Fey. Artists are naturally afraid that their well of ideas will dr[...]
Think Small to Avoid Writer's Block

Think Small to Avoid Writer's Block

Today's post is by Jane Anne Staw I recently gave a talk at a writers’ conference on thinking sma[...]
Yes—you CAN make a comfortable living as a writer. But you need a clear plan!
Enter your email to grab my proven 4-step system for mapping out your career (and you'll also get my useful twice-monthly updates!).

Yes—you CAN make a comfortable living as a writer. But you need a clear plan!

Enter your email to grab my proven 4-step system for mapping out your career (and you'll also get my useful twice-monthly updates!).

Awesome! Check your email for your free guide.