Book Signing Author Career

It’s one thing to take yourself seriously as a writer. You may already devote yourself to your craft: enrolled in a writing class, sought guidance from coaches or editors, or attended conferences or writer’s retreats.  Building an author career, however, is different. Call to mind some of today’s bestselling authors. They don’t just write—they helm their careers with an entrepreneurial pizzazz, prioritizing marketing and reader-engagement right alongside their writing craft. No matter what publishing route you choose, it’s vital to build your author brand. In today’s competitive market, being proactive about promoting yourself isn’t just smart, it’s expected. My three steps will steer you toward making your own success and elevating your thinking from “writer” to “author.” 3 tips for forming your identity to build… Read More

5 Quick Fixes for a Sagging Middle

Your eyelids are heavy. You’re losing steam. You can barely navigate the twists and turns. No, you’re not slogging through the last half of a marathon—you’re reading a novel with a sagging middle. Even the most inspired novels can fall victim to clumsy, lackluster plotting as the story progresses. There’s a term for it: Sagging Middle. I’ve seen it happen with countless manuscripts: It starts out strong, with a promising character and a meaty conflict. But soon, tension dissipates. The story development stalls. Maybe the events feel convoluted. The plot sags and the reader quickly loses interest before the story ends. Below are 5 effective ways to revive a sagging middle and make your novel as marketable as possible. 5 tips for reviving a wilted… Read More

Revise a Manuscript

As a book editor, I have a front-row seat to an author’s revision process. The biggest mistake I see first-time authors make when they revise a manuscript: They go through draft after draft only “fixing” things here and there. They add some lines to clarify, insert a few details to a character description, sharpen verbs, delete sluggish passages, and—the most time-sucking culprit—tinker with typos and grammatical errors. Really, they’re procrastinating on big issues that need attention, like character arc or story structure. While all of this is essential in polishing a manuscript, these edits are superficial until later drafts. This method won’t lead the writer to a marketable story. So, what’s the best way to revise a novel? Focus on the craft, not the draft. Read on… Read More