This is a guest post by Lynne Murphy An irritating question authors are often asked is, “Where do you get your ideas?” I once heard a fed-up romance writer reply, “I buy them at Costco,” but I don’t recommend that. Still, where do we get… Read More »“Where do you get your ideas?”
This is a guest post by Rose Atkinson-Carter. Publishing a book by yourself can be a deeply rewarding experience, but it also means more responsibilities 一 including marketing. Unlike working with a publisher, you won’t have access to a team of advertising experts to effectively… Read More »Guest Post: 3 Marketing Fundamentals to Know If You’re Self-Publishing a Book
This is a guest post by M.H Callway I’m a traditionally published novelist. My debut novel, Windigo Fire, Seraphim Editions, 2014, was runner-up for both CWC’s Unpublished and Best First Novel Awards. It was warmly reviewed by Margaret Cannon and even made Huffington Post’s list… Read More »Guest Post: Why I Write Short Fiction
A guest post by Lorna Poplak. People sometimes ask me how I can write about grim topics like murder, hanging, and hellish jails. This is a fair question. My two works of non-fiction both explore Canada’s dark history:Drop Dead: A Horrible History of Hanging in… Read More »Guest Post: Revisiting the Cutting Room Floor
This is a guest post by Lynn McPherson. Authors are often asked about inspiration. Where does it come from? How do ideas form? Answers may vary, ranging from reading the newspaper to watching a documentary to finding an old sock in a field. Today, I… Read More »Guest Post: Where Do Ideas Come From?
This is a guest post by Charlotte Morganti. For writers, research can be a joy, a pain, an obligation, a treasure hunt, a Pandora’s box, a journey (often wonderful, sometimes weird), or the best form of procrastination ever invented. Count me among the authors in… Read More »Yogi Berra: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”￼
This is a guest post by Jim Napier. The buzzword in writing fiction these days is “write character-driven stories.” It’s become our mantra. Plots, actions, and even settings take second place in creating a gripping believable story featuring three-dimensional characters. People who readers can relate… Read More »Guest Post: What’s in a Name?
This is a guest post by Rosemary Mccracken I was a financial journalist when I set out to write my first mystery novel. I interviewed scores of financial planners and investment managers. I’d attended their conferences. I understood the issues they faced. There was, still… Read More »Guest Post: The Lure of Easy Money
This is a guest post by Anthony Bidulka. Twenty-five years ago I was a corporate auditor, a CPA looking to join the partnership of my firm. The road ahead seemed clear. But there was a fork in it, and a tickle in the back of… Read More »Guest Post: Bringing Pride to Mystery Writing
This is a guest post by Catherine Astolfo. When I began to write mystery novels, I realized very quickly that I love kickass heroines. Whether they are amateur or professional sleuths, I admire their courage, ingenuity, and flaunting of social norms. Even before Miss Marple,… Read More »Guest Post: Writing Kickass Heroines