Is Using a Pen Name Right for You?

Some writers use a pen name which means they write and publish their work under a name other than their own. For example, Nora Roberts publishes mystery books under the “pen name” of J.D. Robb. Although this works for her, it may not work for you. A pen name allows writers flexibility. Perhaps you have […]

Writers: Do You Post Your Unpublished Books Online?

Some writers are posting excerpts of chapters or their entire book online. While posting excerpts isn’t a bad idea, you may want to rethink posting your entire book on the internet. Why? Publishers may ‘frown’ upon this because they want to be the first ones to read your book. If you attend a writer’s workshop, […]

Writers Enter the Realm of the Seventh Sanctum

Sometimes writers struggle to think of ideas, plots, scenes, and characters for novels. You may have a great idea for novel but are stuck on character development. Creating the right name can be particular difficult. This is why a character development worksheet is helpful. There’s also Seventh Sanctum which can help you flush out characters. […]

Why do Writers Poo-Poo Self-Publishing?

Some writers look down upon other writers who self-publish their work. Writers who have an agent are with one of the famous publishing houses may think they’re better than self-published writers. Why? You could earn decent money from self-publishing. If the writing is good, it doesn’t matter if it’s self-published or not. Your work can […]