The world of book publishing has been in a state of rapid fluctuation over the past ten years. That means that as authors, we need to keep a constant eye on all available options and be open-minded about what so many possibilities could mean for our books. While it’s no secret that Amazon has been … More 500 top authors line up for new attack on Amazon over ‘book monopoly’ claim: Curated Post
What font is right for your novel? Is it better to mess around and find something new or go with your computer’s automatic settings? Do you want different fonts for hard copies, ebooks, and submissions, or is there a one-size-fits all? I’ve been fascinated by fonts ever since I started typing stories on my parents’ … More Fonts, Typefaces, and Your Novel
I’ve been called a grammar nazi more than once, but traditionally I’ve never actually enjoyed editing. Especially when it comes to my own work. Editing is boring. Editing means trying to fix what has already been done. Editing means that far too many novels wind up in unopened files on a computer or folders in … More 5 Ways to Transform The Editing Experience
This is a detail that seems almost not worth mentioning, but when looking through books from independent or self publishers, and some small press works, there is one glaring problem that keeps me (and many other potential readers) from giving it a try. People might see your book, pick it up, and then decide to … More Book Summaries: The One Mistake (Almost) Every New Author Makes
One of the perks about living in this century is that there are a lot of writing tools out there. A lot. As fancy or as simple as you want them, free or ultra expensive, they’re all out there. Do you want to dictate your book and have the computer write it for you? Done. … More 5 Editing Tools for Microsoft Word
If you’re finally finishing that novel, you’ve probably already been asked the dangerous question: “Is there going to be a sequel?” Ooooh…. It’s hard to say good-bye to a good story. You fell in love with it, your friends fell in love with it, and now that it’s coming to a close it doesn’t seem … More To Sequel, Or Not To Sequel?
In an ideal world, you would know when you were finished writing or editing a novel. You would finally reach a point where “THE END” was spelled out to you in big bold letters, or when the novel reached a point of perfection that landed it a spot among the greatest of classics. But… this … More Over-editing: What Is It And 5 Ways to Avoid It
Aaaand, it’s June! A great month to finish that novel and get those writing muscles back in gear! I’m busy this week with Book-In-A-Week, where I’m writing a story about a girl who gets kidnapped by gypsies (no idea where that’s going, but I’m hoping to tie it into another novel I’m trying to finish), doing … More It’s June!
Hello, and welcome to the final section in our three-part “Now What?” series looking at options for publication. So far we’ve covered both indie and traditional publishing, and today we’re going to look at something that’s a little different: writing contests. There are many contests out there year-round that offer publication, publicity and money as … More I’m Done! Now What?: Writing Contests
Welcome to part two of my three-part “Now What?” series focusing on different methods of publication. Part one focused on self-publishing. Part two focuses on something more traditional: the publishing house, “legitimate” publication in which a manuscript is submitted and accepted by professional publishers and editors and then printed and sold in stores.
Well, yippee for me–I finally finished editing that one novel. Now it’s on to the next step: publication. I’ve identified three different routes writers can take when it comes to publication, and I will cover the others in the next couple posts. Today, however, I’m going to focus on the one I have the most … More I’m Done! Now What?: Self-Publishing
That’s right. I got so desperate in procrastinating on that one story I promised to have done by the end of the week that I went out and got Finish That Novel! a Facebook page. And better ads and widgets on the side of the pages here, because the old ads were pretty ugly but the … More Facebook Official!
I was Skyping with my dad recently, and he asked how I was progressing in one of my novels. One of the novels that’s not quite finished, heh heh. I told him that no, I was still working on it, and later that day I forced myself to open it and make a few small … More The 80% Rule: Why It’s Hard to Finish
It’s April, and that means a new month of writing (and hopefully finishing that novel)! What does this month have in store for us?
Believe it or not, March 4 is the great annual holiday, National Grammar Day! That means that editing today has a special target: grammar!
What do you know? I was putting together events for my new event calendar that can help finish that novel, and I learned that March is supposed to be NaNoEdMo–National Novel Editing Month. I say “supposed to be” because, well, NaNoEdMo is MIA in 2014. Hopefully that won’t be true next year, but apparently they’re … More National Novel Editing Month
Finish That Novel is live at last! Not too much material (yet!), though hopefully that should change soon. So, who’s ready to finally finish that novel? Please check out my resources section to find all sorts of tools to help you through your writing journey, no matter where you’re at–books, software, awesome links, etc! And … More Up and Running!