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January 11, 2017
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Make Time for Writing
Thoughts on writing a novel without quitting the day job

Like most novelists, I have a day job. I’m fortunate that my everyday activities are centered around publishing: helping other writers get their books into print, working with beautiful words on interior and e-book design, chatting with authors about the crazy creative life. But most people don’t have […]
November 9, 2016

Book Titles: Trends to Avoid
Self-Publishing expert Morgana Gallaway tells us what to be wary of when naming our novel

There are three important elements of a novel. The story is only one of them. The other two are about connecting readers to that story: the cover, and the title. Just as in fashion, book titles have trends. Titles are a contentious subject for fiction writers; most publishing […]
July 20, 2016

Coming Out of the Fanfiction Closet
Part Two: But do the original authors approve?

This is part of a series on fanfiction. For the first entry, click here. So you’re a famous author. You’ve written a series that’s captured the imaginations of millions of readers. You have fan clubs, a movie deal, hordes of Twitter followers, and high six-figure royalty advances. Then […]
July 18, 2016

Coming Out of the Fanfiction Closet
Part One: The fanfiction writer

Remember all the furor about E.L. James’s bestselling trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey and its unabashed origins in Twilight fanfiction? That series started a healthy debate among writers and fans alike about the concept of fanfiction. Some of us read it, others hate it, and then there’s a number of […]
August 15, 2014

Biggest Stories in Independent Publishing

The past year has been exhilarating for writers, readers, and independent publishers. On a tidal wave of new e-reader technology and the increasing popularity of Kindles and iPads, the publishing industry—once a staid, tradition-bound sector—is now experiencing the kind of upheaval we’re used to hearing about in music, […]