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June 29, 2023

Amazon’s Huge Book Category Change

Barnes and Noble Refusing to Shelve Print-on-Demand Books

How to Develop a Complex Protagonist

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Amazon’s Huge Book Category Change

Background: Previously authors or publishers using the KDP dashboard would choose two broad categories when uploading books into the system. Then after publication, requests could be put in to add the book to more categories—up to 10 categories for each format of a title. But again . . . because people abused this feature and put their books into categories where they didn’t really belong, Amazon/KDP has made a shift . . . Now you get to choose three categories that are more specific at the beginning of your upload process for each format of your book. (... Continue Reading

June 22, 2023

Throughout 2023 writing instructor and pre-published author Tracey Kathryn (T.K.) Sheffield and I will be offering a blog series on plotting from the beginning developmental stage through the messy middle and all the way to the end, including editing advice on how to fix plot problems in a completed manuscript.

In Part 1, Tracey lists wonderful resources that are great for those that are new to writing or looking for a new approach to plotting in: "Plotting a Novel: Resources for Those Just Starting Out."

In Part 2, Tracey discusses how to use plotlines, tropes, and conflict to test your story ideas: "... Continue Reading

June 15, 2023

You may remember Anne Bannon from her visits to my blog in the past:

Publishing World Wisdom with Anne Louise Bannon, where she tells us what she wishes she could tell her pre-published self.

And, Switching Things Up with Anne Louise Bannon, where she discusses author branding and writing in different genres.

Today, Anne has graciously agreed to more of a traditional interview, as I’m a nosy type of person and wanted to ask her a bunch of questions.

Q. Anne, did you always want to be a writer, and do you remember the first story you every wrote?

A. I don’t... Continue Reading

June 1, 2023

The author series continues, sharing the knowledge (often hard-won) from published authors as they tell us what they would tell their pre-published selves. This month's featured author is the talented John DeDakis, who gives an entertaining conversation between his pre-published self and his post-published self. 

Award-winning novelist, writing coach, and manuscript editor John DeDakis is a former editor on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." DeDakis is the author of five mystery-suspense-thriller novels. In his most recent novel, FAKE, protagonist Lark Chadwick is a White House correspondent defending against “fake news” in the era of #MeToo. DeDakis, a former White House correspondent, regularly leads writing workshops at literary centers and writers... Continue Reading

May 25, 2023

What Recent Publishing Controversies Say About the Industry

5 Common Mistakes People Make When Checking for Plagiarism

What to Do if Your Amazon KDP Account is Suspended or Banned

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What Recent Publishing Controversies Say About the Industry

Nathan Bransford unpacks the latest industry news (aka scuttlebutt) at literary agencies and how the norms of the industry are changing. This is a good summary of what’s been happening lately. 

https://nathanbransford.com/blog/2023/05/what-recent-publishing-controversies-say-about-the-industry

5 Common Mistakes People Make When... Continue Reading

May 18, 2023

Throughout 2023 writing instructor and pre-published author Tracey Kathryn (T.K.) Sheffield and I will be offering a blog series on plotting from the beginning developmental stage through the messy middle and all the way to the end, including editing advice on how to fix plot problems in a completed manuscript.

In Part 1, Tracey lists wonderful resources that are great for those that are new to writing or looking for a new approach to plotting in: "Plotting a Novel: Resources for Those Just Starting Out."

In Part 2, Tracey discusses how to use plotlines, tropes, and conflict to test your story ideas: "... Continue Reading

May 11, 2023

The author series continues, sharing the knowledge (often hard-won) from published authors as they tell us what they would tell their pre-published selves, and NEW FOR 2023, what they always do to help make book launches successful. This month's featured authors are the dynamic duo, Jeff and Victoria Nania. Jeff is the author of the Northern Lakes Mystery series and Victoria (also an author) supports the publishing side of their venture. We get double the awesome advice below!

Jeff & Victoria’s Story

Jeff & Victoria believe the best writing comes from life experiences—those in which they get their “feet wet”—thus, Feet Wet Writing was formed. Jeff draws upon careers in law enforcement and conservation to weave together thrilling mysteries set in... Continue Reading

May 4, 2023

I’m pleased to share a lovely piece on persistence and believing in yourself by author Amy Laundrie. I particularly needed this message today, so I hope it also encourages you perhaps today—or in the future—when you need this sort of boost to keep going!

You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist. - Isaac Asimov

Believe in Yourself

An elderly neighbor died. Soon after, large garbage bags appeared outside her home. Her family must have had the arduous task of cleaning out her possessions. It’s hard enough to deal with the loss of a loved... Continue Reading

May 3, 2023

Throughout 2023 writing instructor and pre-published author Tracey Kathryn (T.K.) Sheffield and I will be offering a blog series on plotting from the beginning developmental stage through the messy middle and all the way to the end, including editing advice on how to fix plot problems in a completed manuscript.

In Part 1, Tracey lists wonderful resources that are great for those that are new to writing or looking for a new approach to plotting in: "Plotting a Novel: Resources for Those Just Starting Out."

In Part 2, Tracey discusses how to use plotlines, tropes,... Continue Reading

April 27, 2023

45 Writers’ “Rules for Writing”

The 10 Awful Truths about Book Publishing

Kobo Offers Kobo Plus in the US/UK

New Section Dedicated to All Things AI

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45 Writers’ “Rules for Writing”

Emily Harstone from Authors Publish compiled this list of lists – featuring 45 authors and the rules they have set forth for writing. Tips from great writers like Elmore Leonard, Neil Gaiman, George Orwell, Annie Proulx and more.   https://authorspublish.com/45-writers-rules-for-writing/

The 10 Awful Truths About Book Publishing

This is a seriously depressing list of stats from a senior editor at Berrett-Koehler Publishers... Continue Reading

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