Why the term “Amazon bestseller” is bogus

You’ve seen those websites and Twitter profiles in which someone boasts of being an Amazon bestseller. You’ve probably seen a lot of them. That’s because the term “Amazon Bestseller” doesn’t mean a thing. People who throw their...

Where to get reviews for self-published books

A writer recently asked me if offering free books was a good way to get reviews for his self-published book. Unfortunately, free ebooks are a dime a thousand. You might offer to read the work of other independent authors in exchange for having them read yours. Or, if...
How can I improve my writing and make it more fluid?

How can I improve my writing and make it more fluid?

Question from a writer: How can I improve my writing and make it more fluid? The first step to improve your writing is to read widely in both fiction and nonfiction. Choose at least one novelist and one essayist whose writing style you admire. Copy down a few...
Novel Writing Worksheets

Novel Writing Worksheets

Novel writing worksheets to help you plan, plot, and keep track of your progress Are you writing a novel? Stuck in the planning stage? Have you written a few chapters and discovered you don’t know what to do next? Whether you want to begin a novel or you have a...

What is the best way to start writing a story?

Question from a writer: What is the best way to start writing a story? You can begin “in medias res,” or in the middle of the action. You can begin with a character in a strange or tense situation. You can begin with a line or two that describes the setting, then move...

What should fiction writers blog about?

Question from a Quora follower: What should fiction writers blog about? It depends upon your audience, but readers tend to be interested in the writing process and particular challenges you’ve faced in your writing life. I also try to blog about other authors...
Online Novel Writing Course 2017

Online Novel Writing Course 2017

Do you want to write or finish your novel in 2017? Then the Book Doctor’s online novel writing course Plot Like a Pro is for you. Learn how to plot and structure your novel in this eight-week online course. You’ll get 20 video lectures, written lectures,...
Great novel writing app: Novel Writing Guru

Great novel writing app: Novel Writing Guru

Are you looking for an information-packed app to help you draft your novel? Try Novel Writing Guru, for iOS and Android. This app by Fiction Attic Press includes daily assignments, craft lectures, and solid advice to help you complete the first draft of your novel....

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