Red Pen Praising: The Best Thing You Can Do For A Writer

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By BookBaby author Dawn Field

This twist on editing can turn those red marks on the page into something a writer craves. Red pen praising only highlights the best of a writer’s work.

All writers fear the red pen, at least that’s how the joke goes. The strikethroughs, calls for rearrangement, and “shouty comments” in red all over the page can be daunting.

Of course, if it’s a great editor’s mighty red pen, these special marks are akin to gold.

But there’s another way to be very happy about red marks on your draft: when they highlight your best work. Red pen editing in this form is a simple and positive way to give authors a lot upon which to ruminate.

If you are the reader/editor, underline in red what you love. Any word, phrase, …

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Graphic Novel Best Practices: 4 Ways to Blend Text and Art to Create a Storyline

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A vast range of experiences can be portrayed through the combination of words and pictures. Nothing takes better advantage of this than sequential art. Of course, words and pictures can act independently of each other to provoke emotional responses, but when creators utilize both, their powers for storytelling are almost unlimited.

The different ways you can combine words and pictures in sequential art feels infinite, but there are some recognizable patterns commonly used in comics that we can learn from and use in our own work. I’ll use some characters from FAKE BLOOD to help me illustrate these concepts.

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5 reasons your Awesome Content Isn’t Going Viral (infographic)

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Welcome Back!

A topic that I always seem to be fielding questions about a blog’s audience – how to increase the audience, how to attract attention of potential readers and so on.

We always forget to start at the beginning – create great content!

This infographic does a great job of outlining 5 points of improvement. Enjoy!

I found this infographic on Social Media Today

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You Book Launch Cheat Sheet

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One of the most overlooked book marketing strategies is adequately preparing for your book launch.

I know it’s tempting to give yourself some time to breath after the blood, sweat and tears you put in to getting the book ready for publication, but you really have to plan out your book marketing as well if you want the book to take off – and you want to avoid wasting precious time and losing out on those new release sales.

So first, download our free book marketing planner if you haven’t already. It’s really a great way to stay organized.

Then I want you to review the book launch cheat sheet I’ve outlined below.

For those of you who are thinking you’ll hold off because your book is already out – don’t fall into that trap of delaying your author…

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How one indie author made $74,000 in 16 months and quit her day job (and what you can learn from her)

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author Jami Albright

Romance writer Jami Albright, a “born and raised Texas girl,” is the multiple award-winning author of The Brides on the Run series–a fun, sexy, snarky, laugh-out-loud good time. After I met Jami when I spoke at the Lone Star Conference two years ago, we connected on Facebook. I’ve enjoyed watching her soar, and when she recently announced that she had quit her day job to write full-time, I knew we needed to learn more. I hope her story inspires you. Learn more about Jami on her website.

How one indie author made $74,000 in 16 months and quit her day job (and wha…

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Accuracy Vs Authenticity: 5 Tips For Writing Immersive Historical Fiction

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I do a lot of research for my J.F.Penn thrillers and strive for historical accuracy in all my books, but historical fiction writers definitely have far more of a challenge!

5 Tips For Writing Immersive Historical FictionHistorical fiction readers are devoted to the genre and may know even more than the author about the period.

So how do you balance accuracy with authenticity of story? In today’s article, historical fiction editor, Andrew Noakes, gives some tips.

“This is the worst book I’ve read in my life. It’s full of historical inaccuracies. If you’re lookin…

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Your Author Website Must Have…

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By BookBaby author Steven Spatz

For everything you’re told you have to do as an independent author publishing and promoting a book, I’d argue there are only two absolute, universal musts: you must get a professional edit and you must have your own author website.

Whether you’re building your author platform, hosting a blog, interacting with readers, or providing a behind-the-scenes look at your creative process, you need a home on the web — a hub for your online marketing activity. Over the last 10 years, I’ll bet there has not been a single successful author who didn’t have a great author website.

It’s a given that your site should be clean and easy to navigate, and it should contain a few other key elements. Four things your author website must …

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Calls for Submissions: 2020 Writer’s Market and Guide to Literary Agents

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Beginning today and running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on October 15, 2018, I’ll be accepting pitches for articles in the 2020 Writer’s Market and Guide to Literary Agents. I’ll start making assignments sometime that next week.

What I Like

So, what do I prefer? The best way to figure that out is to read a recent edition or two of Writer’s Market. Anyone familiar with the book will know that I’m looking for articles that will help freelancers find more success from a business perspective.

Previous articles have tackled queries, book proposals, synopses, taxes, record keeping, business management, and more. If you’re an experienced source and can interview other sources, that is ideal. However, I’m unlikely to assign featured interviews wit…

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How Early Should You Start Marketing Your Book?

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I get this question a lot, about the timing of a campaign and when to actually start marketing your book. It’s a valid question, because most, if not all book marketing advice blogs and books will tell you to start early. Which is good advice, but early can be relative in certain circumstances.

But in order to understand where this information came from, and how it’s changed, let’s take a look at how publishing timelines have evolved.

Most of the “start marketing your book early” warnings are ones you’ll get from folks who are involved in traditional publishing, because they have other markers that they need to consider. For example, if you’re with, let’s say, Simon & Schuster and you have a Fall release for your book, they’ll probably need to pitch y…

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What Is (and Isn’t) High Concept Fiction, and How Do You Pitch It?

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Pitching a high concept novel can be the key to skyrocketing to the top of agents’ slush piles, according to Angie Hodapp of Nelson Literary Agency. But what is (and isn’t) high concept fiction, and how do you go about pitching your high concept idea?

I had the pleasure of attending the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference a couple of weeks ago. Alongside old friends of WD like James Scott Bell (Don’t miss him at our Novel Writing Conference in California next month!) and authors I personally admire (A two-hour world-building workshop with Christopher Paolini? Be still my heart!) were dozens of literary agents, authors and editors who presented in-depth and engaging talks on everything you need to know about writing and publi…

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