25 Beautiful Examples of Book Illustration

We all remember the signature illustrations of our childhood reads: the wild scribbles of Quentin Blake, the gentle watercolors of Beatrix Potter, the simple line drawings of Shel Silverstein, and so on. Indeed, many book illustrations become indelibly linked to the stories they depict. And they’re not just limited to …

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How to Overcome Writer’s Block

Charles Bukowski once wrote, “Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.” Some folks would rather not mention writer’s block at all, as if thinking about how to overcome it will somehow exacerbate the condition — like scratching away at a rash. Unfortunately, writer’s block is …

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Book Design: EVERYTHING You Need to Know

Think book design is just about creating the perfect book cover? Think again. Just as a well-written novel relies on so many various story elements coming together just so, book design takes the various elements of a book — the words, pages, cover, spine, ink, everything — and turns it into a beautiful, cohesive …

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Hybrid Publishers: What are they and should you TRUST them?

Hybrid publishers are still a bit of a mystery to many authors. The term “hybrid” may mean different things to different people. To some, it’s interchangeable with vanity publishing — which is understandable, as they both require the author to take some financial risk in order to get the book to market. …

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Steps for Putting Together a Great Anthology

Known as “Spunk On A Stick,” L. Diane Wolfe is a member of the National Speakers Association. She conducts seminars on book publishing, promoting, leadership, and goal-setting, and she offers book formatting and author consultation. Wolfe is the senior editor at Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. and contributes to the Insecure Writer’s Support …

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How to Set Up Your Amazon Author Central Page

Indie authors know the pressure of having to set up profiles on every new platform that pops up, promising to help you market and sell your books: Goodreads, Facebook, BookBub, oh my! It definitely adds up. But there’s one major tool that — if you haven’t already signed up for — …

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What Is Irony and How Should You Use it?

Many of us probably know it when we see it, but few of us can articulate what irony really is — much less identify the different types. However, it’s important for writers to understand this literary technique, as it can really add depth to your story — so long as you’re not …

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The 13 BEST Self-Publishing Companies of 2019

Deciding to self-publish your book is both exciting and nerve-wracking — on one end, you’re the master of everything. Yet there are so many choices that you, the publisher, need to make that it can be overwhelming. One such crossroads is the pivotal decision you’ll need to make when you …

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What are Sensitivity Readers? (And Should Authors Use Them?)

A conversation is raging in the writing world and it’s not about the latest Harry Potter “backstory” that J.K. Rowling revealed on Twitter. Sensitivity readers lie at the heart of the debate — and the controversy has hit such heights that it has drawn attention from media outlets ranging from Literary Hub to the New …

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How to Write Dialogue: 10 Simple Rules (Plus 5 Mistakes to Avoid!)

No matter what your genre, learning how to write dialogue effectively is a vital part of any writer’s education. Poor dialogue can make readers put your book down in disgust — but great dialogue can transform your characters into truly believable people, and your readers into satisfied customers. Of course, the best kind …

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