Short Fiction: 5 Powerful Tips For Writing Quick Short Stories

You’d love to write, but you can’t imagine spending months on a novel. Why not write short fiction? Not only will short stories improve your writing skills, they’ll also build your readership. You can write and self-publish a short story as soon as you’ve edited it. Alternatively, you can wait. When you a have a … Read more

Writing Fiction: Pitfalls And Tips For Naming Your Characters

Do you enjoy finding names for your characters when you’re writing fiction? Many authors don’t. Moreover, naming your characters has pitfalls. In one writers’ group meeting, an author told us about her cousin, who also writes fiction. They were chatting about character names. The cousin admitted that she’d never bothered checking her names with Google … Read more

Editing Fiction: 3 Tips To Help Your Story To Flow

Worried about editing fiction? In one recent meeting of our writers’ group, several members were struggling with editing their novels. A big challenge when editing is story flow. That is, avoiding lumps and bumps which stop the reader. It’s vital to avoid bumps on a micro level, when the reader has a “huh?” moment because … Read more

Book Marketing For Misers: 4 Tips To Save On Promotions

Do you hate spending money on book marketing? In a recent writers’ group meeting, we discussed our favorite ways to market our books cheaply. We agreed that it’s not so much that we resent investing our book income into marketing, it’s: The occasional unforeseen expenses which derailed our book marketing budget; Outright mistakes (perhaps we … Read more

Use Short Stories And Novellas To Boost Your Self-Publishing Sales

Use Short Stories And Novellas To Boost Your Self-Publishing Sales

In a recent writers’ group meeting, we talked about short stories and novellas. Several authors in the group regularly write and publish short fiction. Most published just one story a month, but several published more. The most prolific author published eight short stories each month (!), while publishing a new novel every six months. But… … Read more

Book Marketing On Pinterest: 4 Tips To Sell Your Books

Book Marketing On Pinterest: 4 Tips To Sell Your Books

A few weeks ago, in a writers’ group meeting, we discussed using social media for book marketing. Several authors used Instagram, others used Pinterest. It became a heated discussion: does social media sell books? Book marketing on social media: does it help you to sell more books? One author was adamant: social media, she said, … Read more