Vocabulary, repetition, proofreading and editing

Advice from a New York Times Bestselling Author, Part 4

When you are writing, keeping your vocabulary rich and varied is essential, and a thesaurus should be your best friend. Just to illustrate this point, I looked up the simple word ‘walk’, and my online thesaurus offered me the following alternatives: advance, amble, ambulate, canter, escort, exercise, file, foot, go, go on foot, hike, hit […]

Pace, creating a page-turner, and using dialogue

Advice from a New York Times Bestselling Author, Part 3

There are many tricks of the trade to keep your readers interested. You, as a writer, will have a unique ‘voice’, but that isn’t enough. You must become an expert in pace, manipulating how the reader will read your work. Here’s a simple, probably obvious tip. If you are writing descriptive passages, use longer sentences. […]

Getting started, the two most important chapters, and chapter length

Advice from a New York Times Bestselling Author, Part 2

Starting to write a book is pretty daunting, but I’ve learned ways to simplify the whole process. My first piece of advice works for me every time. Get yourself a big, blank sheet of paper, the bigger the better. Use it in ‘landscape’ position and draw a horizontal line straight across the middle. This is […]

3 Paths to Getting Published

Regardless of what path you take on the journey to getting published, you need to act like you know what you’re talking about (because you really do). Knowing the lingo and using the jargon of the publishing field will ensure you’re on the same page as those you’re working with or marketing your book to. You need […]

3 paths of publishing

Free Marketing/Business Books by Mail

5 Free Marketing/Business Books to Add to Your Reading List

For years, online marketers have piqued our interest with free ebooks, but now there is a new breed of marketer who is so interested in your success that they are willing to give you a free physical book for only the price of shipping. All of the free business and marketing books on this list are written by […]

Free Hobby/Interest Books by Mail

5 Free Hobby/Interest Books to Add to Your Reading List

You know what’s better than having a hobby that you love? Getting a free book about the hobby you love! Whether you are interested in cooking, gardening or comic books, we have a list of some great physical books to collect that the authors want to send you for free (and they will even pay for […]