5 Things Every Author Needs to Understand About Book Cover Design, by Brooke Warner

In this post, “5 Things Every Author Needs to Understand About Book Cover Design,” Brooke Warner talks about the importance of book cover design, including some of the points we discussed in the recent Wordherder meeting. Check it out!

Essay : Why Most Readings Suck and How to Fix It, by Gabino

Maureen found this article, Essay : Why Most Readings Suck and How to Fix It, with some *colorful* observations about how to do a book reading. She thinks it’s accurate, even if she herself would never use this language. So, fair warning – it’s on the crude side.

Infographic: Do You Know The Difference Between Literary, Upmarket and Commercial Fiction? by Carly Watters

Excellent break down of literary, upmarket and commercial fiction: Infographic: Do You Know The Difference Between Literary, Upmarket and Commercial Fiction by Carly Watters.

Worthy Things, by Tiffany Pitts

At the January 2016 meeting of Wordherders, Steve Wallenfels passed on this article, Worthy Things, on why we write, particularly in the face of challenges and doubt.

Fresh Design, Michelle Fairbanks

Michelle Fairbanks designed the cover for Donelle Knudsen‘s book, Between Heartbeats. You can see Michelle’s portfolio, including pre-made book covers, at her website, Fresh Design.

Killing Your Character(s)

We’ve all heard the advice as authors to “kill your darlings” but in her article, “How to Successfully Kill a Character: The Checklist,” K.M. Weiland shares her thoughts on when it’s a good idea to kill them, and when not. Check it out!

12 Fundamentals Of Writing “The Other” (And The Self), by D. J. Older

This is an excellent article to review when writing characters outside of ourselves. “12 Fundamentals Of Writing ‘The Other’ (And The Self)” by D. J. Older, author of the YA novel, Shadowshaper, among others.

The 5 Basic Elements of an Author Website, by Frances Caballo

In the article, “The 5 Basic Elements of an Author Website,” Frances Caballo offers some unique insights into the design and content of an author’s webpage. The insight that stood out for me is to consider using an infinite scrolling format. She suggests that the format is well suited to authors of picture books and YA, as those audiences are well familiar with scrolling on their electronic devices. An infinite scrolling page may… Read More

The Total Beginner’s Guide to Submitting Short Fiction for Publication, by Amanda C. Davis

Amanda C. Davis is a prolifically published short story author. She has both self-published her stories and contributed to anthologies. In her post, “The Total Beginner’s Guide to Submitting Short Fiction for Publication,” she offers tips for newbies on how to go about submitting your stories for publication. P.S. In addition to writing, Amanda also designs book covers. She offers both specially designed covers as well as stock covers that can be modified for your book.

43 Words You Should Cut From Your Writing Immediately, by Diana Urban

In her article, “43 Words You Should Cut From Your Writing Immediately,” Diana Urban provides a useful list of watch words to eliminate from your writing. Check it out!