Digital vs. Physical: Print Books and Physical Presence Being Replaced?


In the midst of the rise of ebooks, I’ve heard some buzz among authors lately, saying that print books are out. “Don’t bother getting hard copies of your books published! As long as they’re available electronically, you’re good.” I can’t say that I agree with that. Ebooks are great. They’re convenient, cost effective, and don’t take up the physical space that books in … [Read more...]

Angela Sage Larsen – Fifties Chix


What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it Starting in the 1950s but time-traveling through a parallel universe to the 21st century, my “Fifties Chix” series chronicles the adventures of five diverse girls – each having her own talisman and special talent needed to navigate in the new 21st-century world to find a way back home. Friendship, romance, mystery, … [Read more...]

Why We Sometimes Need to Go Back to Basics


I’m a professional author. I’ve written six novels, am currently writing my seventh, and have also published four works of non-fiction. All these books have been written for, and published by, big publishers – the likes of HarperCollins, Random House, the Hachette group and Bloomsbury. So I know what I’m doing. I’m a pro. But jump back ten years. I’d just sold my first book, … [Read more...]

G. Hugh Bodell – Nikita


What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it. Nikita The President of Iran sits down with a wealthy and powerful Russian appointed by a corrupt United Nations’ Secretary General to oversee attempts by Iran to develop nuclear arms. The topic they discuss is the brokerage by the Russian of 4,000 nuclear warheads, manufactured by the former Soviet Union and a … [Read more...]

Tips to Succeed on Reality TV


Note from Cathy: Reality television is creating new stars and bestselling authors. Even Snooki has a book. Your book can lead to a spot on reality TV (I have been approached by reality show producers more than once as a result of my book.) or being on a television show can bring you the fame that can make your book a bestseller. Here are some tips about becoming the next … [Read more...]

Writing the Breakout Novel

Take your fiction to the next level!Maybe you're a first-time novelist looking for practical guidance. Maybe you've already been published, but your latest effort is stuck in mid-list limbo. Whatever the case may be, author and literary agent Donald Maass can show you how to take your prose to the next level and write a breakout novel - one that rises out of obscurity and hits … [Read more...]

Write That Book Already!: The Tough Love You Need To Get Published Now

From the foreword by Maya Angelou:"[T]he joy they promise in their prose makes me glad that I and other writers have been willing to make good writing our aim, and even great writing our dream." "How do I get my book published?"Good question. Lucky for you, publishing insiders Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark have laid out the blueprint for what you want--your book. From … [Read more...]

Tell Your Story with Infographics

Are there statistics, processes or other information relevant to your book that could be presented visually? Have you considered using infographics to present this information in an easy to understand way? In this article, Dan Janal shares how one of his clients is using infographics on their website. As you read this article (and view the example infographic below) think about … [Read more...]

90 Days to Your Novel: A Day-by-Day Plan for Outlining & Writing Your Book

Got 90 Days? Then You Can Be a Novelist... Many famous authors write their novels in a matter of weeks. William Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying in six weeks. Joyce Carol Oates often cranks out two or three books a year. Stephen King believes first drafts should take no more than three months to complete. So, what's the trick? Novel writing isn't about inspiration. It's about the … [Read more...]