Viable Alternative Platforms with Potential for Author Income

Column by Jay Wilburn May 21, 2021
There are hundreds of places you can publish original work, but most of it is going on Amazon. Here are some alternatives for authors and readers to consider.

10 Terrible Writing Ideas that Shouldn't Work, But Sometimes Do

Column by Jay Wilburn March 8, 2021
Actually, there are way more than ten terrible writing ideas. Can you really call yourself a writer if you haven't tried a few?

24 Hour Writing Challenge: Livestreaming a Full Day of Writing on Twitch

Column by Jay Wilburn
Jay Wilburn livestreamed all the short stories he could write in 24 hours on Twitch. This was not the first time he tried something like this. See what you might learn from his success and folly.

Is Twitch the Next Untapped Platform for Authors?

Column by Jay Wilburn
Twitch is a platform for live streaming videogame play. Jay Wilburn, an author new to Twitch, explores whether it holds any potential as an author specific platform.

10 Things I Did Right As a Debut Novelist

Column by Susan DeFreitas June 1, 2017
There were a whole lot of things I did wrong as a debut novelist. But there were also some things I really did right--and they made a difference in the long run.

7 Valuable Pinterest Tips for Writers

Column by Riki Cleveland
From before you sit down to your work in progress to marketing your finished novel, here is a list of ways for making the most out of Pinterest as a writer.

Blogging: An Extension of Craft

Column by Erin Reel February 6, 2013
Blogging is an effective pillar of the author platform but it's also a way for writers to explore and hone their craft. What ultimately sells a blog? Just like what sells a book - quality of voice.

Ask The Agent: Memoir Platform and Full Disclosure: How Much Is Enough?

Column by Bree Ogden
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent I’ll explore and dissect a few of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder

Ask The Lit Coach: The Difference Between Brand and Platform and Why Every Author Needs Both

Column by Erin Reel June 11, 2012
We know authors are supposed to have a platform, but what about a brand? The Lit Coach shares why every fiction author needs both to get noticed in today's crowded lit landscape.

Ask The Lit Coach: "Is It Normal For An Agent To Request Changes And Then Pass Withou Offering Representation?" and More

Column by Erin Reel
Should you edit your manuscript at the suggestion of an agent before signing a contract? And what's in a platform? Those are the burning questions in this issue of 'Ask The Lit Coach.'

Ask The Lit Coach: 'Is It Possible To Find A U.S. Publisher For Your Spanish Language Novel?' and More

Column by Erin Reel April 16, 2012
In this issue of Ask The Lit Coach - Is it possible to find a U.S. publisher for your Spanish language novel? How can an author attract and agent and promote their book while remaining anonymous?

Ask The Lit Coach: 'Can You Publish Your First Novel If You're Broke?' and More

Column by Erin Reel January 3, 2012
The Lit Coach prioritizes book publicity, author platform, and stresses the importance of the quality of work in Issue 7 of Ask The Lit Coach.