A List of Tools for Freelance and Indie Authors

Having trouble staying motivated? Sometimes it helps to use some new tools to keep you organized and ready to work. Here are some new tools and resources I've found: Mattermost: An open-source chatting tool, so you can easily connect with clients, editors, publicists, or anyone on your author street team. Compatible with Slack. Freelance Hourly …

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Guest Post: Get a Headstart on NaNoWriMo with These 6 Tips on Structuring Your First Draft

By Mariah T. All of us have a story inside of us. For many, that story begs to be told. That's why so many people turn to novel writing. WIth National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) fast approaching, you may be inspired to finally start and finish your novel. To participate in NaNoWriMo, you have exactly …

Guest Post: How to Create an Engaging Author Website That People Will Actually Visit

By Mariah T. The key to being a successful author is exposure. You have to get your book out there. You can thank the internet because the PR game is now in your hands. The architecture of a solid website is enough to get readers curious about what you wrote. But getting started creating a …

Editing: How Much is Too Much?

The more I learn about editing, the more I realize it's like walking a tightrope. And that rope is as thin as dental floss. As a book editor (magazine editors have much more leeway), you have to watch for structure, grammar, and spelling, but you also have to look at stories from both a macro …

I Write Like…

I found this pretty awesome tool a couple days ago: I Write Like. Warning: it can be very addicting. Basically, you copy and paste a few paragraphs of your writing sample, and it will analyze your writing style and tell you which famous writer you are most like. I stopped myself after six samples, but …

12/12/10: This Week in Publishing

In Scandanavia, readers and libraries want more e-books and are getting e-books from other countries. But publishers distrust libraries, thinking they help piracy, and they are facing a dilemma with pricing and copyright protection. SCANDINAVIA: e-Book market uncertainty Even though there's a lot of news about more schools using e-textbooks, a recent study shows that …