Author’s Corner: Generating Ideas

Generating Ideas One of the most common questions a published author is asked is “Where do you get your story ideas? New writers sometimes think ideas are just supposed to pop into an author’s head … or else they use some secret formula. But fully-formed story ideas don’t do that - not usually, anyway. Nor do most established authors have some magic formula. The truth is they probably already have more great ideas than they could ever write. Every how-to book on writing will tell you … [Read more...]

Freelance Marketplace Writers’ Group

The Freelance Marketplace Writers’ Group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 2800 S. Rochester Road (just north of M59). Different topics and guests each month*, but we always discuss the Business of Writing (we are NOT a critique group). Come once, once in a while, or every time. It’s FREE and OPEN to new, published, and working writers, photographers, and illustrators (although most of us are writers). Here are the … [Read more...]

Freelance Marketplace Writers’ Group

The Freelance Marketplace Writers’ Group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 2800 S. Rochester Road (just north of M59). Different topics and guests each month*, but we always discuss the Business of Writing (we are NOT a critique group). Come once, once in a while, or every time. It’s FREE and OPEN to new, published, and working writers, photographers, and illustrators (although most of us are writers). Here are the … [Read more...]

Writing Resolutions

I wish I had a dollar for every time someone said to me, “You should write a book.” As a writer by profession, it’s not like I’m short on ideas. My quandary isn’t a loss of words, but rather finding the time to actually put “pen to paper” and flesh out my ideas. Each New Year I’m filled with optimism that this will be the year that I make headway on my literary tour de force. Many people make resolutions like mine, but let’s face it. Most of those end up having a shorter shelf life than a … [Read more...]

Edit Yourself

One of the most stressful aspects for any writer can be the editing process. How can you possibly be expected to take the pages and pages of material you have poured your heart into and trim it down to the average 20,000-word manuscript? It’s like asking a mother to choose her favorite child. Thankfully, the answer is surprisingly simply: Hire a good editor. Now you might be worried that an editor is going to completely change your creation and leave you with barely a resemblance of what you … [Read more...]

Take a Number

You’ve written your book, made sure you haven’t stepped on any trademarked toes, and have decided to copyright your masterpiece. Now, there’s just one more piece of the publishing puzzle to consider: Should you get an ISBN? What is an ISBN anyway? An International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a 13-digit number that uniquely indentifies your book or eBook. Similar to how a barcode works in a retail store. This allows for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, … [Read more...]

Get Your Rights in Writing

Thanks to the rise of self publishing, everyday folks can become the next John Grisham. But unlike the literary legends that line our bookshelves, most novice writers don’t have big publishing houses backing their endevors, which means it’s up to the author to take care of all the fine print. A big part of that is making sure your work is protected so that you retain creative control and don’t lose out on any potential profits made from your hard work. In our three-part series, we’ll take a … [Read more...]