Sunday, July 7, 2013

This Week on Books Direct - 7 July 2013

This Week on Books Direct - 7 July 2013

Here's a list of the articles you may have missed this week:

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"Six Things We Should Never Do As Writers" - Article by D. J. Lowbridge.
Here are six things that some authors do when they are overworked / angry / for the hell of it which really they shouldn't.

"25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer" - Article by Jocelyn Glei for 99u.
Today, writing well is more important than ever. Far from being the province of a select few, writing is a daily occupation for all of us - in email, on blogs, and through social media. So what can we do to improve our writing? Jocelyn has collected 25 snippets of insight from some exceptional authors. While they are all focused on the craft of writing, most of these tips pertain to pushing forward creative projects of any kind.

"10 Simple Tips for Self-Editing" - Article by Melissa Donovan for Writing Forward.
Melissa shares ten of her favorite writing tips for self-editing.

"Get to know Lynda Dickson of Books Direct" - Article by M.C.V. Egan of 4covert2overt.
Did you ever want to know more about me? Here's your chance. Thanks to Catalina for this interview featuring none other than me!

"Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling" - Article by The Oatmeal.
Check out this great comic illustrating ten commonly misspelled words.

"Everything You Want To Know About Creating Interesting Characters" - Article by Lorrie Porter for This Craft Called Writing.
Here's what Lorrie has to say about developing a strong character. Because we all know a strong character makes for a strong story.

"The One Thing An Author Should Never Do On Social Media…" - Article by Jonathan Gunson for Bestseller Labs.
Many authors think social media should be used to "run advertisements" the same way retailers do on radio stations.  But in doing so, those authors are making a critical error – and run the risk of being "switched off". Do you do this?

"When Does the Setting Matter?" - Article by What About Writing?
You don’t always need to describe your setting. While it is important to describe your character’s surroundings so that the reader can feel as if they are participating in the action too, sometimes doing so slows down your writing. In order to keep your writing flowing without problems, you should ask yourself if the place is really worth describing. So, when does the setting matter?

Some say that a bit of stress can help you to be creative. But don't forget: creativity appears when we are having fun, not when we are suffering. During the creative process, it's necessary that you protect the joy of writing from your inner editor/censor. Relaxing will let you visualize ideas in a better way.

"Self-Published Millionaire Authors" - Video by Nancy Redd for HuffPost Live.
Not long ago self-published writers were considered hacks, but today a growing numbers of authors are laughing all the way to the bank with bestselling books not sold by mainstream publishers. Four self-published authors share their incredible success stories.

There has always been a lot of talk about whether or not self publishing is good for the industry. David puts forward these six reasons why being an indie author is not destroying the world.

Professionalism counts for writers. Publishing is a business, so is writing, and professionalism gives an edge.  These are Matthew's tips on being professional.