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Tag: publishing

On Writing: Why Mastery Should Matter to the Serious Author

Craft classes and grammar lessons aside, reading helps fill our toolbox. We are artisans, crafting people, places, worlds, and concepts with combinations of twenty-six letters. Would you trust someone to build your house who only owned (and knew how to use) a hammer and saw? Or a doctor who only knew how to wield a scalpel, but skipped learning how to suture?
Yet how many writers are publishing books and they don’t even possess the basic fundamentals of our craft? And are more concerned with a new marketing plan then why people don’t WANT to read their work, let alone PAY to read it?

Pay the Bookseller! Why C.E.O. James Daunt Won’t Save Barnes & Noble

Pay the booksellers. When the people you employ have to launch a petition to ask for a living wage, that’s a problem. Amazon capitalizes on those who fail to value the valuable. They poached the authors and they aren’t above poaching the best of B&N’s retail people and offering better PAY.

In It to WIN It: How Committed Are You to Being a Successful Author?

When it comes to being successful in anything, one personal quality decimates everything else. The truly committed are who dominate the highest levels in…well, everything. Writing included.

The Breakout Novel & Why Publishing is Desperate for the Next BIG Thing

The breakout novel is the novel that breaks the rules. These are the books readers never knew they always wanted, and ‘non-readers’ never believed would interest them in the first place.

Fiction Addiction: How Great Storytellers Put the “Meth” into “Method”

When your fiction is crafted properly, readers will beg for your book to end…and then be depressed when it finally does.