Writing Tips

Posts that contain tips for writers.

What to Do about the “Us vs. Them” in Publishing!

Over the past few weeks I’ve seen some interesting articles talking about the “Us vs. Them” battle lines being drawn between indie authors and traditional publishing. Though I have recently been known to tout the benefits of indie (both as author and as reader) I do not believe one is better than the other—just different. … Continue reading »

Categories: Agent/Publisher Info, General, Independent Publishing, It's Complicated, Musings, On My Mind, Self Publising, Technology, Writing Tips | Comments Off

Randy Ingermanson on The Snowflake Method, Independent Publishing and ACFW

What a thrill to host the inimitable Randy Ingermanson on IC today. It was learning Randy’s Snowflake Method of story development that made the process of novel creation a reality for me so many years ago. So when I found out Randy had decided to publish a “How To” book on writing using the Snowflake … Continue reading »

Categories: Agent/Publisher Info, Author Interviews, Book Launch, Current Books, Fiction, General Writing Tips, Guest Blogs, Independent Publishing, Self Publising, Writing Resources, Writing Tips, Writing Tips | 7 Comments

Camy Tang on Writing, Independent Publishing and Knitting

It’s always so wonderful to have an author back on IC for a second visit. Mostly because it means I haven’t offended her yet ;o). Which is why I am excited to have Camy Tang here today to add some insight to the worlds of writing, independent publishing and, yes, knitting. Camy, thank you for … Continue reading »

Categories: Author Interviews, Book Launch, Contemporary, Current Books, Fiction, General Writing Tips, Guest Author, Guest Blogs, Historical, Independent Publishing, Regency, Romance, Suspense, Writing Tips, Writing Tips | 4 Comments

To Build a Better Bookstore

As I watch the hub-bub surrounding the Amazon-Hachette dispute, and I read tales of publisher price-fixing and retailers with missing “buy” buttons for certain books produced by certain publishers, I get a little queasy. I am reminded that selfishness exists in the world and the temptations that come with the all-out desire for power are … Continue reading »

Categories: General, Independent Publishing, It's Complicated, Musings, On My Mind, Self Publising, Technology | 3 Comments

Nadine Brandes’ Editing Services

Connie here. A few years ago I began using the ACFW large critique loop in order polish my first manuscript. There, I met Nadine Brandes, a young woman whose critiques of my work I LOVED, and her own writing was extraordinary. Just recently we came into contact again and I discovered not only does she … Continue reading »

Categories: Author Interviews, Current Books, General Writing Tips, Guest Author, Self Publising, Writing Resources, Young Adult | 3 Comments

Why This Published Author Decided to Self-Publish! By MaryLu Tyndall

The writing industry is changing. And in my opinion, for the better! I am the author of more than fourteen novels, all historical romances, all published by Barbour Publishing. I started my career back in 2005 when I received my first contract for a Christian Pirate trilogy, and it’s been a wild ride ever since! … Continue reading »

Categories: Agent/Publisher Info, Announcements, Book Launch, Current Books, Fiction, Guest Author, Guest Blogs, Historical, It's Complicated, Musings, On My Mind, Romance, Suspense, Writing Tips, Writing Tips | 13 Comments

Introducing Sally Bradley, Editorial Services for the Traditional and the Indie Author

I don’t know about you all, but most of the year-in-review blogs I’ve read from publishing professionals have mentioned not only the impact of indie publishing on the industry, but also the fact that this segment of authorship is growing. For years I’ve been reluctant to go this route myself, and I’m glad, as Heather … Continue reading »

Categories: Fiction, General, General Writing Tips, Guest Author, Technology, Writing Tips, Writing Tips | 21 Comments

The ONE Crucial Self-Publishing Tip You’d Rather Not Hear—By Heather Day Gilbert

  *See below, how you can enter to win a Smashword’s or Kindle coupon for Heather’s novel, God’s Daughter. * . . . When I thought about self-publishing tips I wanted to share, they all hinge around this: Don’t release your book too soon. You only get one chance to make your debut author impression. … Continue reading »

Categories: Agent/Publisher Info, Author Interviews, Book Launch, Current Books, Fiction, General Writing Tips, Guest Author, Guest Blogs, Historical, Independent Publishing, Self Publising, Writing Tips, Writing Tips | Tags: , | 27 Comments

Writer As Creator

One of the amazing things about being a writer is how it gives one a glimpse of what it is like to be God. No, I do not have the power to alter realities … but I do have the power to alter “unrealities.” And oh what an exciting prospect. I can make new worlds … Continue reading »

Categories: Character Development, Contemporary, Current Books, Devotionals, Fiction, General, Hero, It's Complicated, Musings, On My Mind, Romance, Writing Tips | Tags: | 1 Comment

How Dineen Miller Can Help Pull Your Brand Together with a Visual Appeal

I’m so glad to have Dineen Miller back on IC this week. Last time she came to tell us about her novel, Soul Saver. Today she’s going to tell us about her gifts in the visual arts. Dineen, describe your graphic design business. Primarily I do print and online graphic design for my clients and … Continue reading »

Categories: Announcements, Author Interviews, Fiction, General Writing Tips, Guest Author, Independent Publishing, Self Publising, Technology, Writing Resources, Writing Tips | 1 Comment