How Do You Choose the Best Conventions and Writers Retreats?

Column by Jay Wilburn August 8, 2022
If you are spending the money to attend a convention or writers retreat, you want it to be worth it. Here is a guide from people who have attended the best and worst of them.

Out of the Pandemic, A Writing Renaissance

Column by Jay Wilburn June 9, 2022
The Covid Pandemic created unique challenges and opportunities for authors at all stages of their writing journey. Many of them found a way to thrive.

Book Marketing Like a Rock Star

Column by Christoph Paul March 31, 2022
Christoph Paul ponders why it is easier for him to promote his music than his writing, and what a writer can do to be more like a musician when it comes to marketing.

Transactional Networking is Trash Networking

Column by Sadie Hartmann March 25, 2022
Transactional networking is antithetical to authentic community. Here's why it needs to be eliminated

That Swag: Book Promotion Ideas

Column by Sadie Hartmann March 14, 2022
An inside look at book swag. Is it worth spending the extra money to create promotional material for your book?

Authors Invade TikTok

Column by Jay Wilburn September 15, 2021
Authors are always trying out new ways to promote their work. Is TikTok the platform they're looking for?

Storyville: How to Ask For, and Give, Book Blurbs

Column by Richard Thomas
Tips and tricks for navigating the world of book blurbs.

Prep for Your Interview, Sell Some Books

Column by Peter Derk August 18, 2021
Authors: Stop wasting everyone's time with bad, boring interviews.

Write an Author Newsletter That Sells

Column by Andrew Fowlow August 11, 2021
When utilized correctly, an author newsletter can be a beacon of hope for those struggling for exposure in a saturated market.

Celebrate Horror 2021 with Mother Horror

Column by Sadie Hartmann May 26, 2021
The pandemic origin story of Celebrate Horror. I will explain what this event means to me, personally, and the purpose I hope it serves to the horror fiction community.

How To Help Indie Authors Without Spending A Penny

Column by Andrew Fowlow April 7, 2021
There are things you can start doing right now that will have a huge impact on an indie author and it won't even cost you a penny.

Old Book Marketing Wisdom That Needs To Change

Column by Peter Derk February 24, 2021
Let's question classic marketing advice like spacing out your releases and not being too pushy.

Shedding Hyperbole in the Post-Trump Era

Column by Gabriel Hart February 5, 2021
Writers no longer need to present themselves as vomit-draft, works in progress!

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

Column by Jay Wilburn February 2, 2021
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.

The Existential Horror of Making an Author Website

Column by Christoph Paul January 21, 2021
Why does making an author website fill me with existential dread?

Book Promotion Scams You Can Try From Home!

Column by Peter Derk
Learn to sell books like a flim-flam man. A matchstick man. A snake oil salesman.

Goodreads Dumps Twitter Functionality

Column by Andrew Fowlow January 7, 2021
The world’s largest community of book lovers is removing its automated Twitter functionality, leaving patrons of the site confused. Why is the social giant taking steps detrimental to indie authors?

Writers Don't Need Social Media

Column by Peter Derk December 30, 2020
Even if social media IS a tool that improves your sales, what are you willing to give up for those sales?

Drinking From The Skulls of My Enemies: My New Year's Resolutions

Column by Gabino Iglesias December 29, 2020
A resolution isn't something you say to yourself at the end of the year; a resolution is a plan for which you will develop a course of action and hustle to make happen.

Is Patreon Still A Viable Platform and Income Source for Authors?

Column by Jay Wilburn
Many authors have a Patreon page. Is it still a viable platform, though? Is it wise for a new writer to start one?

It's Time To Change the Virtual Event Game

Column by Peter Derk November 20, 2020
Virtual events are dreadful. Most of us would rather have NO event. So let's change it up.

Is Twitch the Next Untapped Platform for Authors?

Column by Jay Wilburn October 2, 2020
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.

Managing a Professional Author Online Presence

Column by Cina Pelayo September 11, 2020
Different writers have different goals when it comes to their online presence. Author Cina Pelayo discusses hers.

A History of Live Readings Featuring Max Booth III

Column by Max Booth III August 14, 2020
I am lonely and miss performing for people. Let's take a trip down memory lane.

Inconceivable: Social Media Branding Might Not Mean What You Think It Means

Column by Sadie Hartmann June 18, 2020
Social media branding has a bad rap. When people hear about "branding" they immediately think of corporate business strategies. Branding is important. Here's why.