With Halloween lurking just beyond this weekend, let’s turn to Stephen
King for some inspiration. The master of the horror genre has shared
thoughts about writing in numerous interviews and in his own memoir
Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. This is a must read for every
aspiring writer as King shares the experiences, habits, and convictions
that have shaped him and his work.
Here are a few of my favorite King-isms:
"People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I
like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy... and I keep it in a
jar on my desk."
Or this: "I am convinced that fear is at the root of most bad
writing... Good writing is often about letting go of fear and
And my all time favorite: "The road to hell is paved with
For more inspiration, I’ll point you to a few recent BookBaby blog posts
on the art of writing.
My friend Scott McCormick shows us how to understand–and maybe break–the
rules of narrative structure. Check it out here.
reviews from trusted sources command credibility from the outset and
can be used in ways consumer reviews cannot. Here are eight ways to
make the most of a professional book review. Read
practice to reverse-engineer the stories you love most and apply the
best storytelling elements to your own writing. Stranger Things
had that effect on me, and here’s what I learned. Read
I’ve got no words for you this weekend. Luckily I have a few friends who
have plenty to share.
All these folks are presenters at the upcoming Independent Authors Conference in
Philadelphia. As I prepare for the big event, I asked each speaker to
send me a key point—that one must-know takeaway—from their presentations.
As I received this yesterday I realized: These were too good not to share with everyone
Erickson—aka The Book Professor–is coming to Philly to share her
presentation about Ten
Mistakes That Nonfiction Authors Make and How to Avoid Them. She wants authors to
know that: “Self-publishing
doesn’t mean do-it-yourself publishing. It means working with
professionals all along the way to write, edit, and publish your
book—so that you produce a professional product.”
Dana Kaye is
the founder of Kaye Publicity, Inc., a boutique PR company
specializing in publishing and entertainment. Dana is presenting her
talk entitled Your
Book, Your Brand.
Her central message to authors is this: “A unique author brand will make you more
memorable and clearly convey who you are and what you write. This
reduces the risk for readers and encourages them to take a chance on
a new author.”
These words of wisdom are the virtual tip of the iceberg, a
small representation of the amount of amazing self-publishing information
to be gained by coming to the Independent Authors Conference. It’s
a can’t miss event for writers across the spectrum of genres and
numerous articles to help authors navigate and optimize their
promotional exploits on different social media platforms. Here’s a tour
of our best posts focused on social media for authors. Read