The Author Toolbox: Other Book Building Tools

The Author Toolbox: Other Book Building Tools

I am always discovering new book building tools or ideas to make writing a book easier. While I’ll include some of those odds and ends here, I’d encourage you to check out The Author Toolbox Facebook page for the latest tips as well as sign up for the monthly newsletter for still more links and ideas. Tool #1: If you are writing a series or a story that spans multiple years, it can get hard to

The Author Toolbox: Formatting 101

The Author Toolbox: Formatting 101

At this point, you should have a finished manuscript that is as edited as you know how and have hopefully also had additional eyes read it and offer ideas on how to make it stronger. You might think it’s time to take the next step toward publication. Unfortunately, many manuscripts never get a fair chance because of simple formatting mistakes that send a nonverbal message to the professionals and imply that the author doesn’t know

The Author Toolbox: Critique Partners and Accountability

The Author Toolbox: Critique Partners and Accountability

Writing itself is a solitary business. Just you, your ideas, and a way to record them. But the ultimate goal is to share those ideas with as many people as possible (i.e. readers) so it makes sense to gradually start involving other people into the process before publication. In addition to a professional editor, there are several other types of people to involve in your life. Tool #1: Find a craft partner. Many call this

The Author Toolbox: Editing Your Manuscript To Perfection

The Author Toolbox: Editing Your Manuscript To Perfection

Those first words we write can be pretty awful no matter how much we’ve learned about the writing craft. But that’s okay because while we can fix bad, we can’t fix blank. So get those words out there, then start shaping them into something good…then great. It’s time to edit your manuscript to perfection. Tool #1: Get a big picture view. I think of this as climbing into a helicopter and getting enough distance from my

The Author Toolbox: Raise Your Craft to a New Level

The Author Toolbox: Raise Your Craft to a New Level

We’ve already covered tools to help you get words onto the page, but not just any words will do. We need to raise our craft to the next level because we need characters readers will care about as well as a cohesive plot that wraps up nicely with a happily-ever-after ending sure to make Hollywood cheer. Tool #1 – Create an overview of the story. Whether you start with index cards, post-it notes, or scribbles

The Author Toolbox: Word Processing Made Easy

The Author Toolbox: Word Processing Made Easy

The most important thing to a writer is writing. Without words on a page, the rest of our future discussion about formatting, editing, pitching, platform building, and marketing is pointless. So the first tools to put in your toolbox are those that will help you write and that’s why I’m about to help make word processing easier. Of course, you will need something to write about (and I’ve got my go-to tools for plotting a novel and

The Author Toolbox: A Time and A Place To Write

The Author Toolbox: A Time and A Place To Write

The most important thing to a writer is writing. Without words on a page, the rest of this Author Toolbox discussion about formatting, editing, pitching, platform building, and marketing is pointless. So the first tools to put in your toolbox are those that will help you write. Of course, you will need something to write about (and I’ve got my go-to tools for plotting a novel and unpacking what makes a character tick), but that’s