Writing Tip Wednesday: The Writing Craft Handbook
Strong writing craft is the foundation of a good book. Punctuation, grammar, writing technique, and preparing for publication are all part of writing craft. This compilation of Mellanie Szereto’s Writing Tip Wednesday blog posts addresses these topics and encourages writers to learn and improve their craft along the road to publication.
From commas to hyphens and active vs. passive sentence structure to misplaced modifiers, review proper punctuation and grammar for clean narrative and dialogue. From character arc to POV and self-editing to identifying genre, learn writing technique and how to prepare a solid manuscript for any publishing path.
Writing Tip Wednesday: The Writing Career Handbook
A writing career consists of much more than the simple sit-in-the-chair-and-write approach. Knowing the ins and outs of contracts, social media, and author branding is vital to getting, being, and staying published, no matter the chosen path to publication. Education, writers’ block, and fear of failure—and success—all contribute to the delicate balance, along with the business aspects of writing and dealing with reviews and piracy.
This compilation of Mellanie Szereto’s Writing Tip Wednesday blog posts addresses these and many other topics related to creating, growing, and maintaining a healthy writing career.
Writing Tip Wednesday: The Self-Publishing Handbook
With all the choices in the publishing world today, many authors are self-publishing, either as the sole means of getting their work to readers or as hybrid authors with more than one publishing avenue. Writing books comes first and last, making it an ongoing and vital part of a successful career path.While self-publishing offers writers another choice on the road to publication, it requires hard work and knowledge about topics like covers, ISBNs, and metadata. Education is essential for a creating a professional product. This compilation of Mellanie Szereto’s Writing Tip Wednesday blog posts on self-publishing guides authors through a comprehensive to-do list, including step-by-step instructions and images for formatting and conversion software.
A writing career consists of much more than the simple sit-in-the-chair-and-write approach. Knowing the ins and outs of contracts, social media, and author branding is vital to getting, being, and staying published, no matter the chosen path to publication. Education, writers’ block, and fear of failure—and success—all contribute to the delicate balance, along with the business aspects of writing and dealing with reviews and piracy.This compilation of Mellanie Szereto’s Writing Tip Wednesday blog posts addresses these and many other topics related to creating, growing, and maintaining a healthy writing career.
This nuts and bolts guide includes links to actual spreadsheets and legal forms, available for download and personalization. Topics include:
• Strategic Planning for Success: Defining a mission statement, setting precise goals, developing concrete strategies, and implementing specific actions to build your career.
• Time Management for Success: Quantifying time allocation, identifying challenges to time management, and creating a tactical plan to meet all deadlines for print and ebook publication.
• Tracking Data for Success: Identifying metadata for successful promotion of books and tracking those metadata across multiple books, series, and genres.
• Quantifying Career Success: Monitoring freelance income, recording business deductions, and tracking books sold.
• Specialized Issue in Successful Publishing: Executing rapid-release publishing for a series and creating and marketing multi-author boxed sets.
It’s your writing career. Make the most of it!
Restaurateur Nash Granger wouldn’t mind being happily married—if a woman would let him tend to his growing business instead of making babies. When a call for custom cabinets turns into phone sex, he’s ready to give dating another chance.
Carpenter Lucie Reiter likes her food and her men hot and spicy, but a helping of the safest kind of sex is the perfect appetizer to take the edge off her hunger. When she discovers her partner is the renowned barbecue master she crowned King of the Grill, she’s ready to take their association to a more personal level.But Nash’s plan to boost his finances with one more cook-off leaves Lucie with a tough decision—step down from judging or brush off the man who always puts business first.
Widower Drew Fulton wants nothing more than to give his boss an earful for taking him away from daughters and tricking him into spending four days—and a blizzard—with his quick-tempered new client. Unfortunately, her temper isn’t all that’s hot.
Deli owner and single mom Pepper McCann might be attracted to her marketing guy, but she has no intention of falling for her cousin’s underhanded matchmaking scheme. She has enough complications in her life without getting involved with a man who still mourns his dead wife. Unfortunately, the road to hell’s kitchen is paved with good intentions.
Sparks fly—in temperaments and body chemistry—and cooking together seems easier than resisting desire, especially when real life isn’t around to interrupt. The challenge will be preventing the flame from spreading so fast they both get burned. But his kids and a blast from the past just might douse it first.
Determined to put the past behind him and follow through on his dream, Kane Hardesty moves to a new town to open his cupcake shop. A little cross-promotion deal with the delectable latté-skinned barista seems like the perfect combination of business and pleasure, but her uncle’s merger suggestion sounds even better.
Unfortunately, the sparks between them aren’t the only fire in town. When Calais has to close her shop and move out of her smoke-damaged apartment, Kane offers her a partnership she can’t refuse. But a persistent arsonist and Kane’s past may put an end to their lucrative arrangement—and her.