Category Archives: Resources for Writers

29 Ways to Stay Creative

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The folks at Creattica shared this infographic with 29 ways to keep your creative juices flowing. 1. Make lists. 2. Carry a notebook everywhere. 3. Try free writing. 4. Get away from the computer. 5. Quit beating yourself up. 6. Take breaks. 7. Sing in the shower. 8. Drink coffee. 9. Listen to new music….

How to Find Good Books to Read

Writers need to read. Most of us are voracious readers, and we read for the joy of it. It is also important that we stay aware of publishing trends. This post by Scott Lorenz suggests ways you can find books that will inform and entertain you as a reader and also help you stay up…

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What Every Author Should Know About Saving Book Files

It’s easy to get confused and lose files when you’re writing a book, but there is a way to keep track of every thought you have, every draft you write, and every improvement you make. The first step is to create a file folder called BOOK FILES or the title of your book. Step two…

Lightning Strike Uncovers Great Software for Authors

My phone rang recently and on the other end was a client telling me that the radio station on which her boss was scheduled to be interviewed had been struck by lightning. The producer informed her that they were not able to record the interview because the “recording board blew up” but that it would…

The Right Tools For Your Writing Career

One of the most important strategies for a successful writing career is to make sure you have the right tools. The first thing you need is a relatively fast computer loaded with virus and spyware protection software. To elaborate, I recommend obtaining the free version of AVG for virus protection and Spybot Search and Destroy…

Authors of Children’s Books Will Love New iPhone App

As a book publicist I am always on the lookout for new tools and technology to reach consumers and convince them to purchase my client’s books. During the past decade, the most important tool has been the Internet, especially email, online search (like Google and Yahoo), and social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. During…

How to Plan a Virtual Party

Planning a Virtual Book Launch, a Virtual Book Birthday or a Virtual Book Tour are great compliments to a book marketing campaign. They are free, effective, and can stick around in the blogsphere forever to immortalize your book and marketing efforts. Anyone can throw a Virtual Party for any reason and the set up is…

For Book Marketing Research, Authors Can Use a Nifty New Tool Called TitleZ

Effective book marketing begins long before the book is actually written and the more diligence paid to pre-publishing efforts the better the author’s chance of success. Before hiring a book publicist to garner book publicity for you, get a cup of coffee and get ready for a little online research on book marketing. A key…

Critiquing Coffee and Donuts – Online Critique Groups

I love those little donuts covered with powdered sugar, but I don’t want to be cleaning their dust off my blue jeans when I’m taking part in a critique session. That sort of thing happens during the let’s-have-coffee-and-chat break at the average face-to-face critique group for writers, doesn’t it? I prefer an on-line critique group….