For writers: on the web this week - 14 February 2015
How Much Does It Cost to Self-Publish a Book? 4 Authors Share Their Numbers
"Are authors really managing to release quality books without paying for professional editing, design, marketing and other services? Or are you going to have to dig into your savings and fork over thousands of dollars to make sure you publish a great book? / To assuage these common concerns, we spoke with several [Dana Sitar, C. Hope Clark, Catherine Ryan Howard and Joanna Penn] top self-published authors about what they spent to release one of their books. They’ve shared real numbers, as well as why they chose to invest in certain services, to help you decide how best to allocate your investment during every stage of self-publishing.
4 Reasons Why Your Novel's Dialogue Sounds Awkward Or Stilted
"What makes dialogue sound awkward, unnatural or ‘wrong’? / In the manuscripts I see, there are four main reasons."
Always Wanted To Write A Book? Here’s How To Make The Time To Do It
Rhoda Baxter on A Woman's Wisdom blog
Amusing but informative article on squeezing those few extra minutes a day you need for writing. "Are you one of those people who would love to write a book, but never got around to doing it? Do you say ‘I’d love to write a book one day, but I don’t have the time’? I work four days a week and I have two small children. If I can find the time to write novels, so can you."
Publishers Licensing Society (UK)
A tool for writers. "PLSclear is a fast and reliable way of ensuring you do not infringe the legal rights of content owners". It's worth checking this out now, so you know where to go if you will be quoting other works and want to make sure you are not infringeing copyright.
What is cli-fi? And why I write it
Guardian Children's Books
"Sarah Holding on a book genre you may not have heard of before. Not sci-fi but cli-fi: fiction that explores the consequences of climate change – and possibilities to rewrite the future."
Meet the author
Meet The Author: Roz Morris
Roz Morris is a self-published author, ghost writer, writing coach, editor and mentor. Here she talks to Jane Davis about her writing life.
What My Blog Did For My Book
Lorna Sixsmith at Write On Track
Some excellent tips in this. "I’m often asked if a blog is necessary for a business. Surely it is sufficient to have a website and a facebook page or a website and a good twitter account? There are numerous reasons why I consider a blog to be essential for a business and for a website. I’m going to share some of those reasons with you and use my other business (my book) as an example to show you exactly what my blog does for my book sales."
8 Things Every Blogging Writer Should Know
Chris Higgins for Writer's Digest
Tips from a seasoned blogger
8 Ways Authors Can Use Goodreads to Promote Their Book
Thomas Umstattd on Author Media
"Goodreads is a social network specifically for authors and readers. It has over 20 million members and is one of the most visited websites in the world. Why is Goodreads so popular? Because it helps people find the next book they want to read."
How To Set Up A Goodreads Author Page
About to be published for the first time, Julie takes you through the steps she used to set up a Goodreads author page.
How To Pin Pinterest Boards / Pinterest Accounts
Lorna Sixsmith at Write On Track
I didn't know you could do this! "Pinning from website pages or blog posts is easy enough – as long as the page / post contains an image. However, what if you find a fantastic Pinterest board or even an entire Pinterest account and you want to favourite it so you can check it again or collate similar accountst? Have you ever wanted to add an entire Pinterest board or an entire Pinterest account as a pin?"