writing advice

No going Barefoot: If you see a suspicious ad on TeleRead, tell us!

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

As I’ve mentioned, we run advertisements on our front page here at TeleRead, but we do have our standards. I just noticed an interesting-looking ad pop up from an outfit called Barefoot Writers Club, clicked through to where it offered a “free report” in return for an email address, and got [...]

Troubleshooting writer’s block

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

What writer hasn’t had to deal with writer’s block from time to time? There’s plenty of advice out there to help get over it, but this piece on Mythcreants has some of the best advice I’ve recently seen. If something seems to be bogging down your story, the problem might not be you—it [...]

Don’t want to pay Patterson for writing lessons? Try Michael Stackpole instead

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2015 // 3 Comments

Paul had a little fun sending up James Patterson’s $90 writing course a couple of months ago, and a number of commenters below his piece were also dissatisfied with Patterson’s advice. But on the other hand, at least one independent writer has taken it and found it very useful. Writer Joyce [...]

Ursula K. Le Guin on how to write: ‘There are no recipes’

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2015 // 2 Comments

Feeling that she no longer has it in her to write another full-length novel, novelist Ursula K. Le Guin has started an on-line writing workshop at the Book View Café, and gotten such a huge response that the question submission form had to be disabled. She has posted her first answer, which is to [...]

Book Review: Writing into the Dark by Dean Wesley Smith

By Chris Meadows
June 6, 2015 // 2 Comments

A couple of months ago, StoryBundle offered a writing workshop bundle—a number of how-to guides covering different aspects of writing and publishing. I apparently didn’t see fit to mention it on TeleRead at the time; I wish I had. Regardless, today I had the opportunity to read one of the [...]

Bird by Bird 20 years on: Two decades of one of the great writing manuals

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of the books periodically cited as a key primer for aspirant writers is Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, penned by Anne Lamott and first published in 1994. It’s one of the few writing manuals ever to be immortalized on film – something that as far as I’m [...]

The Indie Author Power Pack aims for the NYT Best Seller list

By Chris Meadows
November 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

David Gaughran blogs that he and some other authors are attempting to reach the New York Times Best Seller list with a super-cheap bundle of writing advice e-books. The Indie Author Power Pack bundles together three writers’ guides at the low low cost of 99 cents: Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean [...]

Build a better business … with Stephen King?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 26, 2014 // 2 Comments

Business Insider, that bastion of cultural and intellectual values, has just pulled together “22 Lessons From Stephen King On How To Be A Great Writer,” for its Strategy section, more usually associated with juicy topics like “9 Traits Of Highly Promotable Employees” and [...]

David Gaughran announces Writer’s Digest split with Author Solutions brand

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

As readers may remember, in February David Gaughran reported that UK book trade bible The Bookseller had severed its advertising links with Penguin Random House vanity press powerhouse Author Solutions, and would no longer accept advertising from any of its brands. Gaughran has now followed up with [...]

Authors beware: Do you need to think like a publisher?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

That’s a reasonable question to ask, authors, when you see an advertisement like this, offering you an online teleclass to “Think Like a Publisher,” courtesy of Randy Davila, president of Hampton Roads Publishing and Hierophant Publishing, and based on his book, also called [...]

Random House figures out another way to make you pay them for your own writing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

Not content to have Author Solutions on board to take care of all its author-charging needs, Penguin Random House has apparently decided to go direct, with the launch, via the UK Writer’s Academy, of the online ” Creative Writing for Beginners” course. Offered at a price of £499 [...]

What we can learn from the troubles of Martha Stewart

By libertyc
November 13, 2012 // 1 Comment

I’ve seen reporting pretty much everywhere about the troubles facing Martha Stewart and her company these days. She’s laying off staff and folding magazines, she’s reporting a 17 percent decline in revenues and she’s taking for herself the lion’s share of her [...]

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