For writers: on the web this week - 13 June 2015
How True Should Historical Fiction Be?
Stephanie Merritt for the Guardian
“From Hilary Mantel to Andrew Miller to Philippa Gregory, historical fiction is enjoying a boom. But novelists are storytellers, not history teachers, argues Stephanie Merritt”
Your Most Frequently Asked Writing Questions, Answered!
“Going to cons or checking my email or wandering into the woods, inevitably a writer (or a rogue whitetail deer) will ask me one of a pre-selected set of questions. These questions are understandable — I’m not knocking them. But I did think, hey, maybe I’ll take the Top 15 by frequency, bop ‘em in a single post, and see if I can’t hit a few fly-balls into the outfield.”
Eddie Izzard On Talent
Nat says: “It’s imperative when you’re starting out to embrace the fact that you’re going to be a “so-so writer”. I go so far as to say you’re probably going to suck at it. A lot. You are not going to start your writing career as a great writer.” And this article explains why.
The business of writing
How To Tell If Your Idea For An eBook Or Course Is A Profitable One
Darren Rowse for ProBlogger
“The old saying that ‘everybody has a book inside them’ may be true – but for bloggers I’ve found it is probably more accurate to say that ‘every blogger has at least 10 ideas for eBooks inside them’. / [...] Just keep in mind that a there’s much more to profitable products than great ‘ideas’. Success will be dependant upon many factors including the quality of what you create, the size of your audience [...] and the marketing strategies that you use to launch your product.”
Collaborative Book Launches – The Future Of Book Marketing?
Derek Flynn for writing.ie
“On 3rd June this year, CompletelyNovel.com held its second One Big Book Launch in London – an initiative harnessing the power of collaboration to launch ten new books from ten emerging authors at the same event. And yes – it was the best night of the year once again. Here’s why it worked, and what you can take forward into your own marketing.”
How To Pose Like A Man
“The cover my publisher chose for my new novel, ‘The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty,’ was indeed very beautiful, but more feminine than I would have ideally liked. It was mostly white, but all the way at the top were the gorgeous chin and red lips of a young woman. Not wanting to be a ‘difficult author,’ I decided not to ask my editor to find a new cover. (She had already been kind enough to change it once.) Instead, I decided to counteract the cover by other means, starting with my author photo.”
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