The DIY Dump

If you're a self-published author, get ready...

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The Rush to Fail

"Slow down and smell the roses" may be an old cliché, but it is ever so relevant. You've finished your book, now what? This is the ONE question that determines your fate in the publishing industry:  you only get ONE chance.  Optimize your opportunities. The following is a normal scenario from a new author: I've… Continue reading The Rush to Fail

THE UGLY LITTLE SECRET of PUBLISHING

"Can you make her white?"

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

I hope you'll find the program we've compiled has something for you, no matter where you are in your writing career--Corinne O'Flynn

Tips for First-time Authors

How to I start? Typically, you pitch an idea or send a query letter before you write an entire manuscript that may or may not be accepted.  Don't pitch to a company that doesn't accept unsolicited manuscripts.  Don't pitch a romance to a company that specializes in mystery or a children's book to a company… Continue reading Tips for First-time Authors

Are Your Dreams of Being Hemingway Dissolving? Don’t Despair!

You might start out with a plan, but after you write a while, your writing can take on a life of its own and lead you down another path.  Don't despair. "[T]hat’s the great thing about fiction. We use it for entertainment, and we also use it to explain and understand our lives. We only… Continue reading Are Your Dreams of Being Hemingway Dissolving? Don’t Despair!

Does Your Book Follow the “Code”?

Jodie Archer had always been puzzled by the success of The Da Vinci Code. She’d worked for Penguin UK in the mid-2000s, when Dan Brown’s thriller had become a massive hit, and knew there was no way marketing alone would have led to 80 million copies sold. So what was it, then? Something magical about… Continue reading Does Your Book Follow the “Code”?

Copyright: What Do You Own?

If you have written a manuscript wherein you created original characters, plot development, and theme, that manuscript belongs to you and should be cited in a book by the copyright symbol.  Should you require more protection, you can register that copyright. However, in most circles, copyright is respected.  Even an editor cannot significantly change the… Continue reading Copyright: What Do You Own?