melissa broder If you told me five years ago that I’d have a book in the window at St. Mark’s Bookshop, I would have plotzed. I used to go to St. Mark’s and sit on the floor in the poetry section eating Jujyfruits, as if it was Grauman’s Chinese Theater. From big names like Ted Kooser […]


20 Warning Signs That Your Content Sucks by Jonathan Morrow 1. You think your content is “good enough” If you had to rate your content on a scale of 1 to 10, what would you give it? A 6? A 7? That’s what most bloggers say. But here’s the problem: you can’t really grade […]

201-ways-to-arouse-your-creativity A guest post by Katie Tallo of Momentum Gathering. Electric flesh-arrows … traversing the body. A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. It is the gong of the orgasm. ~ Anais Nin Creativity is like sex. You fumble your way through, you get lost in it, […]

Using twitter to mingle with your heroes

What New Grads Looking to Land a Gig Must Know By Allison Janney Published: June 29, 2010 Hey, new grads, looking for a job? If so, be sure to round out your resume-sending routine with some Twitter outreach. More than a micro-blogging outlet or hub for Justin Bieber groupies, it can help you reach potential […]

10 tips for naming characters

Name That Character: Top Ten Tips There are a plethora of movie character names that become everlasting brands in American culture: Rocky, Yoda, Forrest Gump, and Shrek to name a few. And when it comes to naming characters, you want to choose wisely, which is no easy task. Fiction Writing Chapter Two: Character Name Crisis! […]

The Secret to Getting Great Book Reviews on Amazon

The Secret to Getting Great Book Reviews on Amazon When consumers shop for books on and other online bookstores, many of them read the book reviews before they make a purchase. Even if they came to the site to buy a particular book, they may read the reviews to verify that they are […]

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I have to sell my book as well as write it?

This is a guest post from Paul Lonergan, an author, a ghost-writer and a copywriter. For more than 20 years he’s been using words to sell everything from stock-broking services to beauty products to industrial cleaning products and more. And the big secret? The product might change but the techniques don’t. It’s all just product… […]

20 Questions to Help Improve Your Dialogue

Paulo Campos at Yingle Yangle 20 Questions to Help Improve Your Dialogue One of the biggest let-downs as a reader is weak dialogue in a story successful in every other way. I think, “people do not talk this way,” over and over. I read The Stand a few months ago. I enjoyed it so much […]

How to Win Friends and Influence Readers

How to Win Friends and Influence Readers A guest post by Katie Tallo of Momentum Gathering. The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most. ~ Dale Carnegie Every blogger searches for that royal road. We want to touch the real lives of our readers – […]