3 Traits of a Great “First Reader”

aka the Perspective Check


by Bethany Jett, @BetJett Your First Reader is a super important person in your writing journey. As writers, we get so close to our projects, our writing “babies,” if you will, that it can be difficult to take a step back. Having a second set of eyes (or three or four) will boost your manuscript…if you […]

Creating a Successful Book Signing


By DiAnnMills @DiAnnMills Are you a writer who wants a successful book signing, but you’re not sure how to make it happen? Book signings are an opportunity for the writer to help: The bookstore owner. The employees. The customers. The publisher. For approximately two hours, the writer greets people and enjoys their personalities, drawing them […]

Writer Candy


By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills A bowl of M&Ms might propel your creativity, but I want to talk about the kind of candy that sweetens our writing, the books that take our craft to the next level. When I’m stuck on creating a character with unique goals: The Art of Character by David Corbett springboards me […]

3 Steps for Repurposing Our Writing


by Kathryn Lang, @KathrynCLang “Repurpose your words.” The first time I heard this idea I was sitting in a session by Cheryl Sloan Wray about perfecting my query. I liked what she had to say about taking the same concept and the same words and then shifting them a little to work for different publications. […]

Social Media, Marketing & Branding

Keep Your Twitter Account Growing by Managing Your Twitter Ratios

Keep Your Twitter account growing

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson Twitter is great social media tool for growing an online presence. But like any good tool, you have to take care of it, to keep it preforming in tip-top shape. Today I’m going to share how you can clean up your twitter ratios and get rid of excess weight to keep […]

The Value of Writer Energy


By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Our health is reflected in our writing, and that is a direct reflection of what we eat, daily exercise, and state of mind. All three weave together to ensure writers stay on top of their game. Take a few minutes to enlist the acronym for ENERGY—a surefire way to keep polished […]

5 Ways to Find Comparable Books for Your Proposal

Proposal Book Comp

by Alycia Morales     @AlyciaMorales If you’ve ever faced having to write a proposal, you’ve probably had to find books that are comparable to the one you’re proposing. I’ve seen writers struggle with listing books that are similar to the one they wrote, and this always astounds me. Finding comparable books isn’t as difficult as it […]

Don’t Let These 8 Things Derail Your Writing Dreams

Don't let these  8 things

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson Through the years I’ve discovered something about writing that I never expected. I always believed that to be a successful writer you had to learn to write better, be diligent about networking and keep submitting. Those are all important, but it turns out the biggest things that affect my writing happen in […]

5 Ways Procrastinators Survive the Last Week of a Deadline

Blue Ridge Conference, survive deadlines

by Bethany Jett, @BetJett I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” ― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt Meeting deadlines can set you apart in the publishing world, because just as a lot of people don’t turn in proposals that are requested at conferences, a lot of people miss deadlines. *Raises […]