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Printers for Writers

Posted on 3/20/2019
Writers don’t have to print out their full manuscripts to send to agents or publishers any longer, but we do need to print stuff. Finding the right printer to handle our workload can be difficult, especially with the numerous types and model numbers.

Common Writing Mistakes: Starting in the Wrong Place

Posted on 3/13/2019
Every writer makes mistakes, whether a beginner, a bestseller, or a multipublished midlister. Starting this month, eNotes will look at the most-common writing mistakes authors make and offer tips from experienced RWA members on how to avoid them.

Tips to Achieve a Well-Balanced Life in the Writing World

Posted on 3/4/2019
I’ve always loved writing. I know some authors who struggle to get the words down on the page, suffering for their art, but I’ve never been that kind of person. If I don’t like doing something, I will simply stop doing it

Bluetooth Portable Keyboards

Posted on 2/20/2019
As tablets become more sophisticated and approach the functionality of a laptop, they’ve become a viable choice as a primary writing device or a device for traveling.

Spotlight on Older Heroines

Posted on 2/4/2019
The idea of authors writing older heroines isn’t new, but the concept has never really caught on. The topic is back, front and center.

Demystifying Social Media Analytics

Posted on 2/4/2019
Now that you’re a pro at knowing what to post on your social media accounts and engaging with your readers, it’s time to figure out whether your hard work is paying off with social media analytics.

Crafting Compelling Character Arcs

Posted on 2/4/2019
I love the first Rocky (even though his slurred yell for Adrian at the end of the movie has haunted me—an Adrienne—my entire life). But why do I love the movie? On the surface, it’s hard to pick out an obvious reason.

The Social Media Audit: Instagram

Posted on 2/4/2019
I always cringe when I hear blanket statements like “Twitter doesn’t work for authors anymore” or “Facebook is where readers go to buy.” Claims designed to convince you that any one marketing platform is better than another are nearly always wrong. S

A-Game Advice: Lucky Break

Posted on 2/4/2019
Romance has been such a blessing in my life. I’ve been a writer for over thirty years; I feel uncommonly fortunate to get paid well to do something I love. Did I bust my hump to get where I am? Absolutely. But I’m also keenly aware of the exigencies

Welcome to New York

Posted on 2/4/2019
The RWA Conference is in New York City in 2019. Those of us who are members of the local RWA chapter are pretty stoked it’s in our backyard. New York has long been the heart of the publishing industry, and even though that’s changing as indie publish

Conference & Event Scoop: Reader Author Get Together

Posted on 2/4/2019
Thank you to everyone who has reached out to let me know one of my recent columns has inspired them to think about starting reader-oriented events in their own area. Best compliment I could receive. That being said, let’s look this month at the Reade

Real Talk: What Cops Wish Authors Knew

Posted on 2/4/2019
As part of our ongoing series about what people from different professions wish authors knew, we’re talking to law enforcement officers. Like any profession, when they read, they notice things that aren’t accurate or are just plain wrong.

What’s Needed to Create Print Books

Posted on 1/16/2019
While the majority of independent book sales tend to be in electronic form, print versions of books are sometimes needed, either for author signings, author giveaway, for readers who prefer print, or for bookstores and libraries who want print copies

Using Social Media to Engage with Your Readers

Posted on 1/4/2019
When you strip away all of the algorithms, fancy book photos, scheduling tools, and carefully planned branding, you’re left with the most important part of social media for an author: the opportunity to engage directly with readers. These days, it ju

Real Talk: What Editors Wish Authors Knew

Posted on 1/4/2019
In my previous article (November 2018), I interviewed authors and compiled their anonymous answers about what they wish their editors and publishers understood about them, their process, and the stresses of publishing. Now it’s the editors’ turn, and