Manual Transmissions and Self-Publishing: Learning the Details

Today's post is brought to you by Andi Cumbo-Floyd, an online connection from the Writers Unite Facebook group. She's been blogging about self-publishing lately as well, and today we're doing a guest post swap, so read her excellent post below, then visit her site at...
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Is Backstory Necessary?

"So when my students ask me how much backstory they're permitted to include in a story, I say, 'How about none?'" That's Benjamin Percy in Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction, an excellent book on writing fiction. He expands on his backstory bashing: "None is a good start....
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The Best Self-Publishing Links: Whaling with Ahab, Writing with Amtrak, and Competing with TV

Let’s begin this link roundup with the most challenging and inspiring article I read this week, Steven Pressfield’s “Write Your White Whale:” The #1 question that writers ask: ‘I’ve got a million ideas. How do I know which one to write?’ Answer: Write your White...
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Still Bitter After All These Years, Or How I Learned to Stop Caring About Brevity and Love Writing Verbose Headlines*

Did you participate in U.I.L. contests in Junior High or High School? In Texas, the University Interscholastic League sponsored contests between schools covering a wide range of academic topics. In Junior High, I tied for 6th in a U.I.L. spelling contest....
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5 Reasons I Self-Published

A popular question for self publishers is, "Why did you choose self publishing over traditional publishing?" While an average reader may assume that most self-publishers chose that route because they simply couldn't get a traditional book deal, this can be far from...
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Do You Know the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing?

If you don’t know the 12 fatal flaws of fiction writing, don’t worry. I didn’t either. In fact, I’m willing to bet there are at least a dozen more (that I’m sure to discover in due time). But, as for the specific 12 fatal flaws of fiction writing I’m currently...
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When Should I Release My Book?

Before writing your book, it’s essential to set a release date. By establishing a deadline for yourself, even if it’s arbitrary, you’re providing strong motivation for yourself to finish your book. The worst thing you can do when beginning a book is to give yourself...
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Looking for a Book Editor?

You may have come to the right place, but maybe not. For instance, what's missing from my list of writing and editing services? I provide ghostwriting, co-writing, nonfiction developmental editing and manuscript critiques, and both nonfiction and fiction copyediting...
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How to Discover Your Book's Tone

In my previous post in this series, I asked you to distill the greatness of your unwritten book into one sentence. That can be a daunting challenge, especially if you’re unsure what your book as a whole will look like when it’s finished. [ref]As every epic seems to...
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Results of My 2013 Reader Survey and a Roadmap for the Writing Road Ahead

[Tweet ""When you come to a fork in the road, take it." — Yogi Berra"] After interviewing pastor and über-blogger Carey Nieuwhof about the way he's grown his blog, I was encouraged to send out my first reader survey. Though he has 100s of 1000s more pageviews than...
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