Join A Critique Group to Get Your Writing Moving


Discouraged about your writing? Wonder if you are ever going to get anything published? How do you learn to write? Admittedly, any kind of writing requires work and effort, but joining a critique group can move you in the right direction. A critique group is a small group of writers who encourage each other and provide regular help to each other. Joining a group is not … [Read more...]

The Invisible Writer: The Art of Becoming a Ghost


The world is filled with people who have brilliant ideas, valuable information, or fascinating experiences to share -- but who lack the writing or communication skills to share them. Enter the ghostwriter -- the "invisible" writers among us who labor, not to make their own voices heard, but to enable others to make their voices heard. Ghostwriters make it possible for … [Read more...]

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly


This infographic from Copyblogger features some of my favorite grammar pet peeves. Making these mistakes can brand you as an amateur, so learn when each choice is correct and make sure your spelling, grammar and punctuation are correct before sending your writing out into the world. Of course, knowing the correct choice does not free you from having to proofread. I sometimes … [Read more...]

How to Get Your Book Reviewed On Amazon


Book reviews sell books. Although we all like to see glowing reviews, surprisingly even some bad reviews can sell books. However, getting reviews can be challenging when you are a new, unknown author. Here are some tips on what you should (and should NOT) do to get your book reviewed on Amazon and elsewhere. Go for pre-publication reviews. Don’t wait for the book to be “on … [Read more...]

Destiny Allison – Pipe Dreams


What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it. is a dystopian novel set in the near future. I like to think that if gene splicing could merge Margaret Atwood and Suzanne Collins, the resulting author might write this book. The story centers around an event to which all the characters must respond. While each pursues a dream of his or her own, they inadvertently … [Read more...]

The Pitfalls of Writing from the Dark Heart


A difficulty in writing a first novel is for the writer to recognize the difference between creating a story meant to transport an audience and a story meant to process the feelings and issues of the writer. Most people in this world are ego-centric, which makes it easy to accumulate grievances and angry feelings. In yoga, this is referred to as the eight meannesses of the … [Read more...]

What is a “Poor Man’s Copyright”?

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The other day a client asked this question: Getting a copyright seems expensive. I can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars for lawyers and fees. Someone told me that I can get a “poor man’s copyright” by mailing my work to myself, then keeping the sealed envelope to prove when I created the work. It seems like this could save me some money. Is there any special way I need to … [Read more...]

What a Six Year Old Can Teach You About Book Marketing


I’ve been in the book publicity and book marketing field a long time, and Smith Publicity has worked with over 1600 authors. I also have a six year-old, and he’s actually taught me some things about book promotion. I’m quite certain he had no idea he was teaching me about a business I’ve been in for eighteen years, but nevertheless, I have learned from him, and here’s … [Read more...]