How to Be Concise Without Selling Yourself Short

Guest post by R.L. Toney, author of Bread For Adversity: 30 Days Devotional Fuel for Faith.

In publishing, many editors and most readers want you to get to the point. This is especially true when selling your book or trying to draw interest from readers who perhaps have never heard of you. Most readers don’t care to know how your book ends at first. They simply would prefer not getting lost in wandering thoughts and irrelevant details.

For new or untrained authors this can really be a struggle–how much is really too much? And, how much is not enough? [Read more…]

2 Reasons People Write Books

Guest post by Ron Mindzak, author of The Time Merchant Cafe.

Ron Mindzak
Ron Mindzak

I have always enjoyed writing.

In the mid 80s I wrote several short stories and submitted them to all sorts of publications. Although all of them sent back letters stating that although the articles were good, they had their own or syndicated writers. All rejected my articles.

I looked into writing a book. Back then you could either self-publish and sell your books out of the trunk of your car, or you could try getting a publisher to publish your book, which was unlikely, or at the very least would take a couple of years. So I put my writing on hold.

With the advent of electronic publishing, everybody can publish–everybody.
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A Story In Many Parts

Guest post by Panayotis Cacoyannis, author of the The Dead of August.

I was born and grew up in the seaside town of Limassol in Cyprus. After two years as a conscript in the National Guard (that just happened to coincide with a military coup and an invasion), I found myself among an alien species masquerading as my fellow students at Oxford, where it had been preordained that I should study Law.

I joined in the eccentricity of the place and I had fun, as well as a good education. When I had also qualified to practice at the Bar, I decided that I didn’t want to be a lawyer. So I went to Art School.
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A Long Strange Trip – Being An Independent Writer

Jill Province
Jill Province

Guest post by Jill Province, author of the Carol Freeman Trilogy, Silent Epidemic, Grave Perception, and A Cycle Of Greed.

My characters live in a world where justice prevails

The thing that inspires me as a writer is literary justice. There is no other place where the little guy wins – every time. Writing gives one the freedom to spin outrageous threads that appear to be entirely unrelated, making them magically come together in the end. My characters live in a world where justice prevails, and the reader gets to have the time of their lives watching it happen. When an an interesting event occurs in my life, the story begins to develop in my mind. I usually know how it will end, but rarely know how it will get there. The characters take on a life of their own, pushing and influencing me to bend to their will. I am sometimes surprised at the things they do. I am always proud of their ingenuity and courage.
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Easy Guide Books: Make Your Life A Little Easier Today by Scott Bourquin

Author Scott Bourquin
Author Scott Bourquin

Guest post by Scott Bourquin, author of the Easy Guide Books series, So, Now What? and How to Market on Facebook for Free.

While deployed to the middle east as an instructor pilot, many of the enlisted members of the units stationed in the same area came to me for advice. Since I had worked for places like Apple, Stanford University and AirTouch (Now Verizon) and started a successful tech company, they thought I had a magic nugget of advice for them. Sitting in the chow hall, I overheard a sergeant talking to someone else. He was wondering if he should take a pay cut and become and officer, stay in his current job, or get out of the military all together. The other person simply said “Go see the pilot”.

While much of the advice was similar, even more was different. The common thread is something I like to call the “Fog of Life”. Much like the “Fog of War” I studied as a Military Officer, the Fog of Life prevents us from seeing what we need to see. When I wrote my first book, the idea was to help the people that didn’t have the ability to wander into my office at 1 am, or catch me in the gym at 4 am. I wanted to help clear the “Fog of Life”. [Read more…]