3 Genres You Have Never Heard of Before

3 Genres You Have Never Heard of Before

With help from the boom of self-publishing in recent years, new genres and subgenres have popped up or have increased in popularity. For example, you can’t browse an online bookstore without seeing several YA paranormal romance titles, a subgenre that wasn’t nearly as popular as it is now following the release of Twilight.

Here are a few more genres that most readers might not be all too familiar with:

Space Opera

Usually set in outer space or on another planet, space operas emphasize adventure and are often sagas involving interplanetary politics or family conflict. Space opera is similar to military science fiction, but is not as focused on the military effort and is generally more romantic in tone. Well-known writers include C.S. Friedman and Frank Herbert. Continue reading

4 Reasons Why You Need to Join a Writing Community

4 Reasons Why You Need to Join a Writing Community

Successful people in every field join together in order to share advice within their industry, and writers are no different. Joining an online community is an increasingly popular way for writers to unite and hone their craft. But, is a writing community right for you? We think so! Here are four reasons why:

  • It’s convenient. You can work in your living room, at your local coffee shop or while you travel.
  • It offers priceless advice. Professionals and peers alike can help you fine tune your writing. Sure, you can ask your mom for her suggestions, too, but your peers (who most likely have more experience within the industry) will do you a favor by offering constructive criticism. Continue reading

Marketing Tips: Discoverability and PR

Marketing Tips: Discoverability and PR

Video courtesy of the Author Learning Center

Rusty Shelton, who began his career in traditional publishing and is now the president and CEO of an author publicity firm called Shelton Interactive, discusses discoverability in terms of publicity. How do you connect with the right people in order to get PR?

The way that journalists and media in general interact with authors is very different than it was years ago. Writers are now tasked with getting above the noise of other writers. Journalists are now looking for books online instead of listening to direct pitches. They simply don’t have the time or the resources to review every single press release or phone message. So, think: What are the major stories that people are talking about right now and how does your book relate? Post a blog about it or snag an interview with an influential blogger. Continue reading

The Importance of Peer Book Reviews

The Importance of Peer Book Reviews

If you want your book to appeal to the general public, you need to see what your fellow authors think about it before publishing it. Too often a writer’s ego (e.g. “My work is already perfect!”) gets in the way of this common-sense strategy. Don’t be that author! Ask your peers to review your work – whether it’s just sections or an entire manuscript – to ensure you publish your best work possible.

Sure, it can be scary to put your work in front of your peers, but the benefits far outweigh any hesitations you may have: Continue reading

Title Leading Story – Writing Tips from R.L. Stine

Did you know that the national bestselling children’s author R.L. Stine comes up with his story ideas for his books by beginning with the title of the book? Spooky, right? It’s so different, but guess what? It obviously works. He has sold more than 350 million books and writes six books a year in his Goosebumps series!

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