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Weekly Writing Challenge: Make Your Settings More Authentic

This week’s writing challenge is for fiction writers, and aimed to help you create more authentic settings for your stories, using a free and easily-accessible tool. My “guy” and I have been thinking about buying a house this coming Spring. Because of that, we’ve been keeping our eye on the market pretty closely. We’re also both interested in older houses with character as opposed to … read more

Writers’ Resource: Sample Press Release Template for a Book Launch

Press releases can be an important component of a book publicity campaign. Here is a free sample press release template which you can use to announce the launch of a new book. Each section of the book launch press release template offers an explanation of the type of content or information you should include. Enjoy! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Your Press Release Heading / Title Here … read more

Marketing Tip: Article Marketing for Writers

If you’re a writer of any kind, it’s likely that you’re familiar with article marketing. But are you using it effectively? Here’s what article marketing can do for you if you go about it the right way: It can help you sell your book. It can bring in clients for custom work. It can attract readers to your blog or website where you then promote … read more

How to Market an E-book

I see a question asked repeatedly by writers and webmasters… “How can I market my e-book?” Well for starters, that’s something you should have thought about before writing it, now isn’t it? But OK… you’ll see the same responses surface each time: Launch an affiliate program. Write a long sales letter. Get testimonials. Submit to article directories. Start a newsletter. Use pay-per-click ads or other … read more

Writers’ Resources: Novel Writing

Many writers dream of writing and publishing a novel someday. If you’ve caught the novel writing bug, or are already a published novelist looking to improve your craft or technique, here are some novel writing resources that you may find useful: Sites on Novel Writing Fiction Factor Advanced Fiction Writing National Novel Writing Month About Fiction Writing Articles on Writing a Novel Writing Your First … read more

Start Your Own Publishing Company

If you’re interested in becoming an author, you have a few publishing options: most notably working with a publisher or self-publishing either through a vanity press or print-on-demand (POD) publisher (like Lulu.com). One of the biggest problems writers face when deciding to self-publish a book is the lack of “legitimacy” they still often face in the eyes of buyers. Starting your own small publishing company … read more