[Tipster] Research for Your Nonfiction Book Needs to Be More than Simply Your Experience tipster post Jul 21, 2023

by Dave Goetz

Experience alone is not enough to write a successful nonfiction book.

And yet, your experience is what gives your book authenticity, authority, and the ring of truth.

These are two...

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[Video] What Is Amazon Ads and Why Should You Use Amazon to Sell Your Book? video resource Jul 17, 2023

Publishing a book isn't enough to get people to see it. You have to promote your book. And Amazon Ads is one of the most cost-effective marketing techniques for promotion. Founder of "Author Ad...

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[Podcast] Cristen Iris on How to Move your Story Forward with Scenes 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Jul 17, 2023

Scenes are the building blocks to good storytelling.

But too many new writers struggle to conceptualize their story in scenes. They think a scene is a dinner table conversation. Or a mere stroll...

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[Tipster] Why You Must Get as Close to the Original Source in Research tipster post Jul 14, 2023

When my son was on his high school mock trial team, I was given a crash course on the objections in law. 

To name a few, there’s “Objection! Argumentative.”...

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[Tipster] How to Make Your Story Idea Unique – Genre-Based Tropes tipster post Jul 07, 2023

 My sister and I love to watch Pride and Prejudice (2005).

Historical romance with a witty, relatable main character who refuses to settle for a loveless marriage? Yeah, it’s a favorite...

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[Video] Harper Editor on What Publishers are Looking for in a Book Proposal video resource Jul 05, 2023

A strong book proposal is key to landing a publisher. Former HarperOne editor Mickey Maudlin provides two tips on what publishers are looking for in a book proposal. Agent representation is...

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[Podcast] Author Paula Munier on How to Create the Perfect Plot 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Jun 30, 2023

One of the most common questions we receive from fiction writers is “How do I plot my book?”

It’s the question that dominates writing conferences and a simple Google search...

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[Tipster] Promoting Your Book Is Up to You tipster post Jun 30, 2023

We live in a small house with a total of one closet. It’s problematic for a modern family. And especially for a self-professed clothes horse.

When we moved in, we carved out a small section...

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[Video] Why You Need to Know the "Why" of Your Book video resource Jun 28, 2023

Most writers don't take the time to ask themselves why they're writing a book. They don't know the "why" of their book.

In this Author Gas Stops, Donna Freitas encourages writers to spend time...

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[Podcast] How to Overcome the Initial Shock of a Developmental Edit 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Jun 19, 2023

Every book needs a developmental edit. Even professional writers do. In fact, professional writers crave developmental editing, because they know they don’t know it all.

But too many new...

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[Tipster] What Is a Plot Hole and Why You Need to Think Harder about Your Story tipster post Jun 16, 2023

I am a story snob.

I’m not as bad as my cousin whose critiques are borderline nitpicky. But I have high expectations for the media and literature I consume.  

I don’t like to waste...

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[Tipster] Writing in an Age of ChatGPT tipster post Jun 09, 2023

I had an old-fashioned quarrel with ChatGPT the other night.

Maybe it was one sided. I yelled at him. He didn’t yell back.

I’ll call ChatGPT a “he,” along with 66% of the...

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