Writing a book

Steph Post’s New Author Survival Guide

A guest post by Steph Post. Today marks the one year anniversary of the release of A Tree Born Crooked. The past year has been a roller coaster of a ride, with fortunately more highs and lows, and the learning curve has been steep. In honor of my first book’s first birthday, I’m offering a gift of sorts: Steph Post’s New Author Survival Guide! (Also known as a list of things that have kept me off the ledge during this crazy, hectic, exciting, tumultuous and altogether amazing experience). If you’re a recent or soon-to-be debut author, I’m here to give you my humble observations and tips. These are also things that I hope to remember and apply for the rest of my writing career… So, here we go: Steph’s Survival Guide! -Make friends and allies with fe...

Author Interview: Vivien Jones

Author Vivien Jones Welcome, Vivien! Tell us about your background and how you came to be a writer.  I’m a middle child of three, born into a Naval family in 1948. I was an early and avid reader. By the time I was 10 years old I was an avid story writer too and this continued long into my teens when I wrote impassioned and probably quite dreadful poetry and short stories. Then was a gap for left wing politics, marriage and motherhood and years of working in a school whose educational philosophy was centred on teaching through the arts. When the school closed my two grown-up sons said it was time I went to university so, aged 50, that’s what I did, studying Creative and Cultural Studies at Glasgow University on the Dumfries Campus. There was a course in Creative Writing with Tom Pow, who en...

What I’m Learning About Love

Does an author fall in love with the characters, with the quirks and settings, every time he or she writes a new novel or short story? I do. Sometimes as I first set my fingers on the keyboard, I find myself thinking about the relationship between two characters and wondering what their future holds, and how, or if, they will ultimately find that precious stretch of common ground we identify as happiness. Love is sweet, tantalizing, ever-luring in its quest to completely overtake our minds and hearts and lives – even if that love is fictional, something created to breathe life into what might otherwise be simply names on a page. As a flesh-and-blood woman, my own ideas, beliefs, and experiences with love deeply influence the manner in which my characters express their own versions of love ...

Are M.B.A.’s A Thing Of The Past?

Probably not. But there is a new category on the business education horizon. It’s something I like to call a M.S.P.B.A. or, a Master’s of Self-Publishing Businessperson Author. Want one? No problem. It is offered exclusively by the figurative School of Life, a physically non-existent place that is open to all entrepreneurial-minded people willing to walk hand-in-hand with risk, exhilaration, and patience, on the road less traveled. Do you need an education to self-publish? Yes. Must it be a formal education? No. But let’s not fool ourselves. Everything has a cost. Payment at the figurative School of Life is accepted only in the form of “sweat equity.” Unless you have a large budget, or amazing connections, there are certain skills you will need to learn if you want to swim, and not sink, i...

Publishing Novels: There Is Money To Be Made. So Make It.

Q: How would I define the PIY (Publish-It-Yourself) author? A: Four parts fearless, three parts writer, two parts entrepreneur, and one part dreamer — with a sprinkle of pioneer spirit thrown in for good measure. While self-publishing a novel does begin with the work of a writer, it is actually a business.  A small business.  A start-up business.  A messy, complicated, time-absorbing business located in unchartered territory offering up no guarantees of any kind. That’s where the fearless part comes in. The exploding growth of the ebook market is a recognizable indicator that our tireless, irrepressible American ingenuity is on the loose again.  Lovely. For those ready to wade in the waters, all signals show there are profits to be made.  Money.  Income.  Earnings. Growth in a down e...

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