Self-publishing authors may want to think twice about that fantastic free promotion they’ve been planning, according to the newest data from Smashwords, because it won’t go nearly as far as … Continue reading Smashwords survey provides sales tips for self-published authors
Wait, don’t run away! I know the pointlessly exaggerated competition between science nerds and humanities geeks might be kicking in right now, urging you to click the back button and … Continue reading The science of creativity: How the brain generates fiction
I won the first real writing contest I ever entered. In 11th grade, I submitted a poem hastily translated into French, to the Long Island Language Teachers Association’s annual competition, … Continue reading A farewell to ABNA: What contests and rejection can teach us
Whether you’re blogging, Facebooking, Instragramming, Tweeting, or (heaven help us) Snapchatting, social media is a primary part of our current cultural experience as well as a great way to make … Continue reading The top ten Twitter hashtags for writers
Despite the growing popularity of self-publishing, the low cost of bringing a book to market, and the expansion of opportunities to distribute, promote, and share ideas with audiences larger and … Continue reading Should the “Indie Author Manifesto” define self-publishing?
After running around like a chicken with my head cut off for the past couple of weeks, I finally had a little bit of time this past weekend to relax, … Continue reading Worldbuilding 101: A Dastardly Plot
Hello again, m’lords and ladies. Today, I’d like to talk to you about the state of the industry that we all know and love. Publishing, just like every other business … Continue reading Howey says nothing new about self-publishing, but should we listen?
No short story this week, because I wanted to talk about something else. Obviously, today is Valentine’s Day, and couples all over the world will be enthusiastically (or resignedly) celebrating … Continue reading Sunglasses and Fake Pearls
Authors are nothing if not introspective. We poke and prod at our inner consciousnesses, digging out nuggets of truth and wisdom and adolescent angst from the craggy seams of our … Continue reading Ten Author Archetypes You Couldn’t Avoid if You Tried
Note: I’m sorry for the lack of posts last week, but I was fighting off a sinus infection. Everything should be back to normal for now. Rumors of the death … Continue reading Half of readers own a tablet, but just 4% are “e-book only”
Fans of the run-on sentence, rejoice! There is some serious academic validation coming your way. Scientists from Long Island’s very own Stony Brook University have found that the more you … Continue reading Don’t use conjunctions and you’ll never write a best seller
I was very much caught by surprise when browsing my Twitter feed this weekend. Amidst the cat pictures and New Year’s wishes and hashtags, I came upon a New York … Continue reading Death be not proud: Mortality, fantasy, and a smidge of rage