Writers get it – at least most of the time. It just may be the case, though, that there are people among us who don’t understand why it’s important to cultivate creativity in our lives. What these people don’t understand is that creativity is not confined to those who follow artistic lives. It’s important to […]Read More Five Ways to Make Your Life More Creative
Albert Einstein once said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” If you’re a new writer, you’ll inevitably make mistakes. We all make mistakes – especially when we’re embarking on a new path. Writing is no different. Over the past thirty years, we’ve learned a lot about writing and publishing […]Read More Six Common Mistakes New Writers Make
What is a bestselling book? As a writer, if you haven’t already achieved the status, you may have a goal, or perhaps just a hope, that one of your books will someday become a bestseller. A definition of the term is a good place to begin our discussion. The Oxford English Dictionary, arguably one of […]Read More The Making of a Bestselling Book
Every writer we know has old manuscripts. With the advent of electronic publishing and the completely open wild, wild west of self-publication, the temptation to simply open up the old files and see what flies out is so tantalizing as to be almost too good to pass up. But before you do that, it might […]Read More Should You Revive an Old Book Manuscript?
At the best of times every writer we know is always looking for new ideas. Sometimes they’re ideas for the next or even current project. Often, though, they’re put away in a journal, worked on from time to time, and there for the taking when writer’s block creeps in or just when you need to […]Read More A New Approach to Story Ideas for Writers
If you’re an avid reader, you probably think about books a lot: you think about what you’re currently reading (you love it, you hate it, you wonder what will happen next, you don’t care what will happen next, what you plan to read next—I need a book, I already have three books), or what you […]Read More New Year’s Resolution 2020: Learn to Pay Attention
Why in the world does a small publisher have a YouTube channel? Aren’t we supposed to be focused on books? Well, like our recent post about our love affair with book trailers, we also think that videos make great companions to books. Of course, this works best for nonfiction. On our fall list is the […]Read More Publishers on YouTube: Why you might enjoy them
It’s easy to publish a book in the twenty-first century digital world. You just sit down at your computer, write, format, cobble together a cover and press publish. It’s just that easy. Then you sit back and wait for the money to rain down upon you and fame to follow. Right? Not so much. You […]Read More Myths in the World of Writing & Publishing: Let’s Get Real
Don’t you love a really good movie trailer? Except when you eventually find out that the trailer showed you the only really good bits in the movie! What about a book trailer? Never heard of such a thing? Let us help you out with that. Book trailers are a thing of controversy among writers and […]Read More Book Trailers: Love them or hate them?
Who doesn’t love a library? If you just put your hand up, then step away from your computer. Put away your notebook. Forget about writing a book. Real writers love libraries. These days it seems that there are so many writing/publishing pundits who seem to think that the first consideration in writing a book is […]Read More Real Writers Love Libraries