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6 Rules of Fiction From Preston & Child

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Thu, Feb 01, 2018 @ 11:32 AM

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are the dynamic duo behind the Pendergast thriller series. Their first book, Relic, was made into a movie by Paramount, and they've collaborated on 26 titles since 1995. After working together for over 20 years, they've perfected many aspects of writing bestselling fiction. Here they share some of their best advice for authors. 

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Topics: fiction writing

Authors: 5 Steps to a Winning Publishing Plan for 2018

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

What are your goals for 2018? Most authors have a vague picture in their minds of finishing some books and getting them published, but many don't have any concrete plans for how to accomplish these goals. The best way to reach a destination is by having a map to show your route. Pantsing may be the way some authors write their books, but it's a horrible way to try to run a book business. Follow these tips for creating a winning plan for the year and you'll be much more likely to reach or pass your goals by the end of December. 

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5 Author-Recommended Tools for Dictating Your Books

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 @ 01:06 PM

Thousands of authors have made the switch and gone to dictating their books instead of typing. Dictation almost invariably increases word count by at least 50 percent, so genre writers who need multiple books each year find it the key to keeping up with hungry readers. Here are five of the best tools to use with dictation, according to prolific authors who turn out books fast using this method for keeping up with production. 

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10 Ways to Find Antique Flavor For Your Historical Novels

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Thu, Jan 11, 2018 @ 03:42 PM

Historical novel readers can be among the toughest around. Not only do they crave a great story, they insist on having all the historical details absolutely correct for their chosen time period. If you're an author with a series set in the past, how do you get that special period flavor in your work? Here are some unique research methods to get yourself and your writing into that historical groove. 

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7 Best Gifts for Authors: 2017 Edition

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 @ 01:59 PM

If you ask just about any author, they'll tell you that they're tired of getting traditional gifts for the holidays. Forget those notebooks, those pens, those coffee mugs with the witty grammar sayings! Here are some new ideas for holiday presents that authors will really use and enjoy. 

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Topics: author gift ideas

6 Ways to Waste a Fortune Publishing Your Book

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 @ 12:20 PM

Today's author isn't done working when they type The End at the end of their book; in fact, they're just getting started. Authors are responsible for getting their books created and put into readable form, getting them published, and even marketing the books to make sure they sell. No one is an expert at every part of the book business, so savvy authors know to hire experts for crucial tasks they can't do well, like book cover design and editing. 

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Andy Weir's 4 Tips Writers Can Use to Stop Procrastinating

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Tue, Dec 05, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Andy Weir, author of The Martian and the new bestseller, Artemis, is the ultimate indie author. His bestselling first book began as a blog, which he published as a book when enough readers clamored for it. He's always happy to help out anyone beginning in the industry. Weir feels that most cases of writer's block are actually times when authors are simply procrastinating instead of getting their work done. Here are four big reasons he says authors procrastinate, and what they can do about them. 

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Topics: writers block

4 Steps Authors Can Take to Relaunch an Old Series and Find New Fans

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 @ 10:33 AM

If you write long enough and produce enough work, you'll eventually have books in your back catalog that just aren't selling any more. One or two people may discover them in a month, but they're mostly gathering virtual dust on your virtual shelves. It's not that they're bad books, it's just that readers are constantly looking for newer and shinier things. Instead of wasting all the effort it took to write these older books, why not relaunch them to find a brand new set of fans? Rebranding your work can turn obscure titles on your list into exciting new moneymakers with relatively little effort. 

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Charity Books: Get Great Results From Doing Good

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 04:07 PM

Hurricane relief. Cancer societies. Walkathons. We're faced with dozens of requests for charity donations every week. You want to be able to do more, especially for those charities that touch your heart, but no one has enough money to give everything they want to. What if you could create a way for your favorite charity to receive a long list of donations? And as a bonus, what if it helped to grow your fan base at the same time? Dozens of committed authors are doing just that by offering to donate a percentage of their royalties from their books to their favorite charities. Do the same with your book and, along with knowing you're giving a lot of help to a needy cause, you'll have the opportunity to get to know a lot more potential readers who share the same interests with you. 

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6 Bad Beginnings for Good Books: How Not to Start Your Novel

Posted by Arthur Gutch on Fri, Nov 03, 2017 @ 11:33 AM

With the advent of Kindle Unlimited, the long lists of free books available, and the low price of most ebooks today, readers have gotten into the habit of judging a book on its first few pages. If the first thousand words don't grab your reader, it's likely they'll delete it and go on to the next one on their list. Professional readers are even more sensitive to dated or uninteresting writing and book beginnings. Agents and editors read thousands of manuscripts each year, and most of them have a list of pet peeves about opening chapters. Here are some examples of first scenes that are guaranteed to send your book to the reject pile.

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