How to Write a Novel that Sells

By Diane O’Connell Writing a novel is an ambitious undertaking, but an even greater challenge is to write a novel that sells. So how do you make your novel attractive to publishers and readers — even before you’ve written a single word? Read on for five steps to writing a marketable novel.  … Read More

Where do you get your ideas? Recently, I received an email from a fiction writer who was nearing completion of her first novel and wanted to know how to generate a list of ideas for future stories. I’d like to start by saying that I applaud this writer for thinking ahead. It is always best to have a bunch of ideas waiting to be written when you have finished your most recent manuscript. But how do you find ideas? And how do you know which are worthy of spending your time on? First, it helps to know that there is no magical formula for generating ideas.   With that said, here are 6 suggestions on how to generate ideas for your story that have worked… Read More

Easily Ignored Self-Publishing Mistakes That Can Kill Sales

Before you rush to self-publish, are you sure you have all your ducks in a row? You’re a serious self-published author — right? More often than not, this means you’ve likely invested in an editor, marketing experts, a reputable self-publishing company, or a production manager to ensure your published book is high quality. To some authors, this all seems like expensive overkill. But, cutting corners and deciding to DIY can invite little-known mistakes to creep in, making your book feel unprofessional to any reader. Avoid these little known self-publishing mistakes:… Read More