Advice for Writers

Below you will find a number of posts I have written to help both established and aspiring authors improve their fiction writing skills and advance their careers.

  1. A "Secret" Formula for Creating a Short Synopsis for Your Book
  2. 6 Tips to Help You Get That Novel Written
  3. The Importance of "Candy Bar" Scenes in Your Writing
  4. 10 Tips to Write Better Dialogue
  5. Three Ways to Make Your Story Pull Readers In from the First Page 
  6. Writers Beware:  The Fast Yes and The Slow No
  7. Should You Self-Publish or Go the Traditional Route?
  8. Developing a Thick Skin
  9. Does Bruce Willis Have a Dog?  Less is More
  10. Developing Your Artistic Style
  11. 5 Steps to Landing a Good Literary Agent
  12. 15 Common Mistakes Found in Query Letters
  13. 15 Sure-Fire Ways to Lose Your Readers
  14. Common Questions about Agents & Publishers
  15. Writing: A Career You Can Fall Forward On
  16. Dealing with Rejection from Literary Agents and Publishers
  17. Readers, Writers, and The Curse of Genre
  18. What Lady Gaga Taught Me about Fiction Writing
  19. What's a Good Title for a Book?  Ask a Tabloid Journalist
  20. Getting Professional Feedback on Your Writing
  21. How a Public Speaking Phobia Nearly Destroyed My Career

Many of the above articles are in one handy ebook, Kill Your Darlings:  20 Advice Articles for Fiction Writers from Amazon USAAmazon UK, B&N (Nook)Apple iBooks, Google Play and Smashwords (Kindle, Epub & PDF formats)

Of Further Interest to Writers:
  1. How 3,000 Copies of My Book Found Their Way from the Rubbish Bin to the Amazon Bestseller List
  2. The "Birth" of a Story Idea:  Baby Talk
  3. Why I'm Not Publishing Books on Paper
  4. Why Audiobooks?
  5. Test Your Literary Agent IQ (Quiz)
  6. Why I Give Away Free Books