Category Archives: author tools

tools and techiques authors can use to improve their writing

Does Your Online Presence Pass the Truth Test?

What’s the fastest-growing marketing trend on the Internet? I’m sad to say it’s the “fakeosphere.” Yes, fake blogs (called “flogs”), fake web news sites and fake testimonials. They look like the real thing, right down to comments posted by “bloggers” … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding – The New Way to Fund Book Deals?

Self-publishing has been propelled by print on demand technologies that have made it possible to produce books to order and thus control the investment in book inventory.  But many authors have discovered to their dismay that distribution, publicity and marketing … Continue reading

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Anthologize – Next Evolution in Blog to Book Tools?

Recently, I became aware of a new tool for authors called Anthologize.  Anthologize is a WordPress plugin created as part of the One Week One Tool project at George Mason University in Washington DC.  According to the press release accompanying … Continue reading

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Rick Moody’s Novel Experiment with Microserialization

Electric Literature will begin a new venture in microserialization by ‘tweeting’ Rick Moody’s new story, Some Contemporary Characters, from November 30th to December 2nd.  Mr. Moody wrote the story expressly for Twitter.     As Andy Hunter, Editor in Cheif of Electric … Continue reading

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e-Book Alchemy – An Interview with Olive Technology’s Virginia Thomas

By almost any reckoning, e-books are a fast growing segment of the book publishing industry.  Many self-published authors and traditional publishers who have been reluctant to publish in e-book format are now considering it.  However, because there are many competing … Continue reading

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Murder She Twote – Here Come the Twitter Novels

As social media, like Facebook and Twitter, become more embedded into our lives, it seems only natural that writers would begin exploring how to use them as a new literary medium.  At first glance, it doesn’t seem feasible or sensible to consider … Continue reading

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How Authors are Hacking the Twitter Spew

The term Spew refers to the torrent of information spilling out over the Web.  It was an image first conjured up by author Neal Stephen.  Today the term could serve equally well as a description for the tsunami of tweets pouring forth … Continue reading

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Story Seeds & Micro-lives

Every life is a complex story.  Our particular story is shaped by milestone experiences and important relationships whose consequences  unfold over time and ultimately define us like the living sculpture that emerges from the careful prunings of a young bonsai tree   Several sites … Continue reading

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Tracking Coffee House Commuter Culture – An Interview with Gregg Taylor and Lori Thiessen

We have often discussed the benefits of blogging for authors.  Blogs are a great platform for building an audience while you develop your work.  But blogs can also serve as an excellent vehicle for researching your book, especially when you are … Continue reading

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Settling In with Google Book Search

Search is the primary way most of us navigate the Web.  Google has continually looked for new ways to improve the results of searches and today it’s index of websites is the most comprehensive in the world.  Yet the largest body … Continue reading

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