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Understanding Publishing #6 – Do Your Homework

For me, the first place to start when you’ve gotten your manuscript ready for the world is knowing what you want to see that book do. And that’s a vital question. You need to know what you want from your book in order to know who might be the best publisher for it or if self-publishing is a better option. Do you want your … Read More Understanding Publishing #6 – Do Your Homework

Understanding Publishing – Part 5: Money$$$

OK. This is the topic we are all interested in. How much do we get paid? This is another topic that gets skewed by what the mainstream media covers in regards to books. We when think published authors, we think Stephen King, Koontz, and all those other huge name writers who have been around for a while and sell huge numbers. That can skew … Read More Understanding Publishing – Part 5: Money$$$

Understanding Publishing Part 4 – self vs. conventional

I get a lot of questions about the differences between self-publishing and conventional publishing, and it’s a tough choice for some authors. First, let’s look at some numbers. I’ve posted these a lot, but they’re important for context. There are between 500,000 and 1 million books published each year. And most books sell around 3000 copies.That’s where we’re starting from. You have to taper … Read More Understanding Publishing Part 4 – self vs. conventional

Understanding Publishing Part 3 – Author Platform

I’ve said before how risk averse publishers are. The profit margins most work with are pretty small, so a book that takes a loss is devastating to a publisher’s yearly budget. That means they aren’t eager to take a leap faith on a ton of projects. So, how can you help yourself? By creating yourself. Most people outside of publishing only see the tip … Read More Understanding Publishing Part 3 – Author Platform

Understanding Publishing #2 – The Publisher’s Job

Hi, all. The second part of this series will deal with what you can expect from a conventional publisher. I am omitting self-publishing for now, as I will address that later. So, let’s say your book has been accepted by a publisher. What can you expect from them and what are their duties? First thing first: you should never have to pay any money … Read More Understanding Publishing #2 – The Publisher’s Job

Understanding the Publishing World – Expectations: Part 1

I’m excited to start this new series. Here, I will examine the publishing industry in parts and discuss how things work for authors. Many of the authors that I work with don’t know much about the publishing industry at all, and having a good understanding of all this is critical when you begin. We can all learn as we go, but there are some … Read More Understanding the Publishing World – Expectations: Part 1

Tips and Topics for Writers #9 – Characterization

No matter whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction, developing your main characters is vital. If readers don’t care about your characters, they won’t care about your book. There has to be something compelling that drives a reader to keep reading. So, if the story doesn’t do it, the characters need to. Basically, your credibility is at stake. And if readers don’t believe in you, … Read More Tips and Topics for Writers #9 – Characterization

Interview with Rita Shuler, Author of The Lowcountry Murder of Gwendolyn Elaine Fogle

Our newest interview is an author that I have worked with a couple of times, and her work is always thorough, well-researched and very meticulous in its care for the subjects. It is great to have Rita join us this week. Rita has written several true crime titles for The History Press, including THP’s first true crime publication. In addition, Rita has an entire … Read More Interview with Rita Shuler, Author of The Lowcountry Murder of Gwendolyn Elaine Fogle

Interview with Nicholas Griffin, author of The Year of Dangerous Days: Riots, Refugees, and Cocaine in Miami 1980

This week I have the pleasure of welcoming author Nicholas Griffin to Writebrained. Nicholas has had a spectacular career in writing (you can read his bio above), and he has a wealth of knowledge. His career has spanned across several genres including fiction, non-fiction and journalism. This week, we are talking about Nicholas’ new book, THE YEAR OF DANGEROUS DAYS. So, let’s get started. … Read More Interview with Nicholas Griffin, author of The Year of Dangerous Days: Riots, Refugees, and Cocaine in Miami 1980

Tip and Topics for Writers #8 – Know Your Audience

This is one of the problems I run into the most, and it’s something that writers must be aware of. Know your audience. And I’m not specifically talking about your target sales audience, though that is a big part of this. So, let’s start with the target sales audience. You don’t have to and shouldn’t be concerned with this part while writing, but as … Read More Tip and Topics for Writers #8 – Know Your Audience

Interview with Harold Schechter, author of MANIAC

Author of recently release title MANIAC: The Bath School Disaster and the Birth of the Modern Mass Killer I am excited for the next interview in my interview series. This week, we have author Harold Schechter. Harold is an American true crime writer who specializes in serial killers. He attended the State University of New York in Buffalo where his PhD director was Leslie … Read More Interview with Harold Schechter, author of MANIAC

Tips and Topics for Writers #7 – Author Responsibility to the story

True Crime titles obviously carry weight. The topics are sensitive, and many times, there are surviving family members of victims and perpetrators. Digging up the past can be traumatic for them. In addition, there are many facts to the story, and those must be central to your writing. In essence, it is the author’s responsibility to ensure the story is told with the utmost … Read More Tips and Topics for Writers #7 – Author Responsibility to the story