I’d Rather Not Be Talking to You but I’m Writing This Book: How a Shy Writer Tackles Research

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By Shayna Krishnasamy When I first started writing in high school I would often find myself restricting my stories to the only subjects I understood: family life, adolescent girl cliques, suburbia. I did this because the idea of pretending knowledge of a subject I didn’t understand inside and out—like, say, the police force, or scuba diving, or ballet school—made me terribly nervous, and the things I would have to do to research such topics seemed impossible. I was the girl who would … [Read more...]

Getting Press in a New Era of Publishing

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By Brian J. D’Souza Back when I attended a publishing program at a Toronto university, we had a class led by an agent and his assistant where they devoted an entire lecture to the subject of “handholding authors.” We went through a series of exercises where the assistant read through “real” (embellished) case studies involving difficult/emotionally fragile authors who needed to be rescued. Examples ranged from authors who struggled with public relations, doing media and having their writing … [Read more...]

Louise Penny on Silencing the Writer’s Inner Critic

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By Jennifer Shenouda For some, what begins as a case of writer’s block can quickly evolve into full-on writer’s paralysis, the inability to move forward with a project due to an author’s crippling self-doubt. Perhaps it’s a misguided form of self-protection to imagine the worst possible reaction to one’s work before it happens—if only to lessen the blow of not getting it right the first time (or second, or third, or fourth). Nevertheless, it is a feeling all too common for authors; an … [Read more...]

A writer daydreams…

This is how a writer daydreams!

A great look at the long term. Steve Vernon's thoughts about a fascinating post by Dean Wesley Smith on long term strategy as opposed to worrying about selling everything today . . . … [Read more...]

Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 023 with Michael Rank

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Listen in as KWL Director Mark Lefebvre interviews nonfiction author Michael Rank, whose titles include HISTORY'S WORST DICTATORS and FROM MUHAMMED TO BURJ KHALIFA: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History. Mark and Michael discuss Michael's podcast, History in Five Minutes, self-publishing from a nonfiction author's perspective, and the challenges and rewards of translating self-published titles. Michael shares his thoughts about: His History in Five Minutes podcast, where … [Read more...]

Every Word I Write Is Genius and Other Things I Was Wrong About

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By Shayna Krishnasamy I write long. It’s what I do. My sentences aren’t tight. The meander and go off topic and then veer back. I can make a sentence go on for a whole page. I overuse commas. I love asides and parentheses and em dashes. When I’m writing a first draft, or even a second, I can get a little out of control. And then I have to take out the red pen. That’s when the agony begins. A big part of being a writer has nothing to do with writing. No, I’m not talking about marketing … [Read more...]

How To Grab That Coveted Online Audience

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By Adam Dreece There’s nothing like finding readers live tweeting your book as they read it, or finding them promoting your book to their friends. It’s one of those things that a couple of months ago, I looked at other authors on Twitter and wondered just how they did it, and could I do it? Now I’m watching it happen and have cracked a 1000 Twitter followers of my own. I created my twitter account in February, and when I released my first book, The Yellow Hoods: Along Came a Wolf (Book … [Read more...]

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