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Editing Tools Reviewed

In a recent discussion with fellow authors, we got around to discussing editing tools, and what they use and love. It was an interesting discussion, and one that caused me to spend this weekend testing out the capabilities of Autocrit, Grammarly, and ProWriting Aid.

How to Get Local Book Clubs to Be Your Super Fans

I recently moved and to say that I handled it in an organized and productive process would be grossly inaccurate. Instead, I alternated between running around in a Dr.Pepper-infused panic attack, stuffing things furiously into garbage bags and boxes AND curling into a ball on my bed and taking three hour naps.

Reader Lead Magnets: Two every author should have

Did you know there are two types of lead magnets for authors? They each appeal to different audiences and need different types of content. A lead magnet is something (often an excerpt or short story) that is offered for free to get an email address. It’s important to set up lead magnets that showcase your […]

Melanie Harlow’s Top Author Books

During this year’s Inkers Con we hosted a live Q&A session with one of our favorite bestselling authors, Melanie Harlow. Melanie has joined us for Inkers Con for three years and brings valuable craft and marketing advice each year. We asked Melanie what her favorite author books she recommends. She had such an enthusiastic response […]

Help! I’m looking for a _____________!

Are you looking to hire a cover designer, editor, beta reader, book formatter, or something else? We often get emails from authors who wanting to find someone who ________________ (fill in the blank).

While we’ve worked with a lot of freelancers, someone perfect for us might not be a good fit for you, based on several factors.

The Hook

What is your story’s hook?

There’s a lot of “rules” out there about writing, and while I abide by some of them, others I ignore. Writing is a very personal journey, and great storytelling can use different shapes and delivery methods.