There are so many writing conferences, yet so little time. How can you ensure your experience at each conference is a success? Don’t worry. Here are four tips on how to get the most out of attending these kinds of events.
1.) Set goals. Before deciding which events to attend, you need to create a list of goals you have for a writing conference. This can be as simple as listing out items like “have fun” and “learn more about mystery writing.” With so many activities going on at conferences, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement and forget your purpose. A list of your goals will help you stay on track. Continue reading
If you’ve hit a snag in your writing and can’t seem to come up with any new ideas, don’t worry — it happens to all of us. There comes a time when we all need a little help to get our creative juices flowing again. Whether you need to rejuvenate your work in progress or want to start a new writing project from scratch, we’ve got a writing prompt for you.
Rejuvenate your work in progress: Here are a few ideas for breathing new life into your current manuscript. Even if you end up writing something that has no place in your actual story, you might still discover something interesting.
1. Write your character’s obituary.
Looking ahead to a character’s death might help you fill in some holes about his life that you can turn into interesting plot points or meaningful back story. What were his biggest accomplishments? How did he die? Who is he survived by?
2. Change locations.
Take your characters out of their natural setting, and see what happens. A heated argument between newlyweds might unfold quite differently depending on whether it takes places in their home, a crowded bus or a company Christmas party. How can you use a setting to influence behavior, build tension and change the stakes? Continue reading
Most writers have a bestselling author they admire, such as Shakespeare, Stephen King or E.L. James. (Hey, we don’t judge here.) We think it’s great to have someone’s success motivate you to be a better writer yourself. Quotes are a great way to stay focused during rough patches of your career. And, with Pinterest, those famous quotes are everywhere these days. We all have famous mentors that we look up to, but do these authors really know what the heck they’re talking about?
Here we breakdown a few quotes from famous authors. Tell us what you think: Continue reading
True story: I am not a writer unless you count my blog posts on Booktango or my occasional lengthy Facebook statuses. However, I do know a lot of writers, and I am lucky enough to get to speak directly to some of our authors. The one thing I hear a lot is that authors write in solitude, alone, in the quiet. Perhaps that is when the best ideas come to them or maybe they are afraid if they share their ideas or stories, someone might steal them. Whatever the reason may be, I’d like to suggest writers look for feedback during their writing and publishing process.
Who should join a writing community? Continue reading
Does it feel like if you add one more thing to your calendar it (and you!) might have a meltdown? Finding time to write in the midst of such a jam-packed schedule is daunting, but it is possible.
These three simple tips can help you carve out the time you need to actually finish the book you’ve been working on. Continue reading
Creator of the website Crimson and Cream Machine, Matt Hofeld is a true University of Oklahoma fan. And his book, 2012 Sooner Kickoff, is uniting fellow fans around the world. We asked Hofeld about the story behind his book and learned about the Sooners’ passionate fan base.
How long have you been a Sooner football fan?
My whole life. Growing up in Oklahoma you are either a Sooner or a Cowboy, and my family was OU all the way. The games were on at my house every Saturday; it was a family tradition to gather around and watch. I attended my first game in person in 1984, and as a 10-year-old, I became hooked for life.
When did your website, Cream and Crimson Machine, launch?
We launched Crimson and Cream Machine in August of 2006. The idea was to create a website for Sooner fans, by Sooner fans. In addition to the information that we post on a daily basis, there is opportunity for fans to create their own posts, display photos and link to articles that they find interesting. In the next few weeks we’ll surpass the 3 million visitor mark. Continue reading
Over the years I’ve talked to many authors who have tried to pitch their book to agents and traditional publishers, but all they’re hearing is a world of “no,” “not interested” and “good luck.” It can be a disheartening process. Especially for authors who know they’ve got a story to tell that could help or entertain someone. A colleague once asked, “What good is a manuscript that is sitting in someone’s desk drawer?”
As a free publisher, Booktango gives authors an alternative path to the traditional route with huge benefits. One such benefit is that you get to keep every penny of your sales when you sell an e-book through the Booktango bookstore. Another bonus is that you’re book is available through e-retailers such as Amazon®, Barnes and Noble®, Kobo®, Apple® iBooks, and Google®.
So, you’ve heard the no’s, but what is keeping you from leading as a “Yes Author”?
In my experience the biggest thing that keeps us from accomplishing our dreams and goals is fear and lack of belief. When I was in high-school I was told I’d never make Continue reading