When you start writing a personal essay, just write the story. When you finish the first draft, ask yourself “So what?” Then add the larger story, the part that relates your story to the reader.
Got writer’s block? Write narrative? When you can’t think of anything to write, check out this list of 500 narrative writing prompts courtesy of the New York Times. Maybe something will pique your muse.
How does book pricing affect sales? What effect has the Hachette-Amazon settlement had on book pricing and sales? How does this affect an author’s profits?
Indie publishers are filling the void left by traditional publishers who jacked up eBook prices. I knew Amazon outdid Nook in eBooks, but I did not realize how great the margin was. Maybe Amazon discounts weren’t so bad after all for the author? May 2015 Author Analysis
Include a table of contents with chapter titles in your novel? One writer friend of mine says yes. I say no, and I’m in good company with The Writer magazine and Gotham teacher Brandi Reissenweber: http://www.writingclasses.com/WritersResources/AskTheWriterDetail.php?ID=65
When browsing nonfiction, readers definitely look at chapter titles when making a decision to purchase or not. Not so for fiction.
My 15-year-old niece has a computer and an iPhone, and she grew up using an assortment of digital devices. But when it comes to reading, she likes print books. She’s not alone. According to this article in the Washington Post, “Textbook makers, bookstores owners and college student surveys all say millennials still strongly prefer print for pleasure and learning.”
In honor of national poetry month, here’s a list of over 100 markets that pay for poetry.
It was posted on Jessica Piazza’s Poetry Has Value blog, poetryhasvalue.com. She’s taken a personal pledge in 2015 to submit her poetry to paying poetry markets only and reporting her experience on her blog. She may also update her list of paying poetry markets. Why shouldn’t markets pay for poetry?
To become a writer you need to write, but if you need a 17 minute break or just want a justifiable excuse for not writing, watch this video from Paul Auster on “How I Became a Writer.” The beginning may seem a bit slow, but stick with it. His thoughts on a day’s work, the rhythm of writing, what it means to be an artist, and other things are interesting. It might even perk you up on those days when you feel frustrated as a writer.
This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Set prior to and during WWII, a young blind girl in Paris and a German teenage boy who is an electronics/communications prodigy are unknowingly connected via radio transmissions. The lives of both are changed unexpectedly by war and a sought after precious stone that is both a blessing and a curse to possess.
I thought I would not want to read another WWII book, but this one drew me in with its emphasis on individuals and how they deal with what life throws at them. It’s a character-driven book with a bit of mystery and thriller thrown in.
I didn’t know until after I read it that is won a Pulitzer Prize.
An article at Writers Weekly explains why publishers should not accept returns: writersweekly.com/the_latest_from_angelahoycom/008945_01072015.html
The article is repetitious but presents a valid argument and a good explanation of how the return process works and how it affects everyone in the chain. As writers, it’s important to learn about the business we’re in.
DO COMMAS GIVE YOU PAUSE?
Are you occasionally unsure about when or how to use commas? This article is a good, quick refresher on commas usage:http://www.businessinsider.com/a-guide-to-proper-comma-use-2013-9?IR=T
I think one reason I like this article is because the writer agrees with me about the Oxford comma!