Convention Etiquette 101


Do you ever attend writers' conferences? They can be great places to meet agents, editors and other writers, and networking opportunities abound. To make the most of those opportunities, make sure you follow some basic rules of etiquette. In this article, Dan Janal outlines some behaviors to avoid at your next writers' conference. The people you meet at conventions are the … [Read more...]

Is It Research or Plagiarism?


Hi! I am a beginning freelance writer. I am writing an article in which I've based some of my ideas on texts I used in college. Will I be sued if I don't ask the authors' permission? They say that "stealing from one source is plagiarism, but stealing from many sources is research." Is this true? At what point does the use of previously published material cross the line from … [Read more...]

Creative Branding Techniques for Introverted Authors


Introverts are people who live on the quiet side of life, who would rather sit at home and draw or read than go to a party. They’re not the ones who readily schmooze a meeting, shaking hands and nudging shoulders with everyone or squeeze their way into a huddle of strangers at a business conference. Instead, introverts thrive by making the most of their talents, such as … [Read more...]

Reading to Children


As a teenage babysitter, I loved reading to the kids I watched. They would bring out a huge stack of books, and when I finished reading one they would beg me to read, “just one more.” We often spent the evening with the television off, reading story after story. My mother read to me a lot when I was little. She says that I had memorized at the age of three, because I had … [Read more...]

5 Rules Every New Author Should Follow


How to Avoid Common Mistakes and What to Do Instead This article is a follow-up to 5 Mistakes New Authors Often Make. If you are a new author, the whole process of taking your book from planning to promotion may feel like an obstacle course. But it needn’t be, if you follow five basic rules (plus one “bonus” rule to make everything even easier). Rule #1: You must be able … [Read more...]

Review: Write a Book without Lifting a Finger

Do you think that those celebrities write their own autobiographies that everyone is dying to read? Maybe you didn’t even know that they liked to write. The truth is that they probably don’t. Many actors, athletes, politicians, business leaders and others use ghostwriters to write their books. if you have something to say but not the words to use, learn about hiring … [Read more...]

Prepare Before You Start to Write

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The most important writing tip of all: Prepare before you start. I have been advising and coaching writers for years now, and the best writing tip I know is to spend time on preparation before you start writing. It doesn't matter whether you are writing a report, an essay, an article, a white paper, a book or anything else...preparation is the key. Writing preparation … [Read more...]

Bruce King – How to Be a Super Bear

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it. The title is . It consists of seven short stories to inspire children to grow up to be the very best they can be. Although it is intended for children from ages four to around eight or nine, I also found that adults who I asked to read it before publication were equally inspired by the stories and so there is a footnote … [Read more...]

What is Self-Publishing?

With the proliferation of inexpensive "pay-for-publication" options, this has become a confusing question. Many writers believe that "self-publication" refers to any mechanism by which the writer bears the cost of publication -- including subsidy electronic and print-on-demand publications. Many vendors encourage this belief, as "self-publishing" tends to sound more respectable … [Read more...]

Jeff T. Bowles – The Miraculous Results Of Extremely High Doses Of The Sunshine Hormone Vitamin D3

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it. This new edition contains a fascinating new theory about diabetes as an evolved defense to freezing damage during human hibernation gone out of control-don't miss it!! 144 Pages of Fact-Packed Science Based Information-But FUN to read. Upon realizing that taking 4,000 IU of Vitamin D3 a day was not enough … [Read more...]