• #EthicalAuthor

    Are You An Ethical Author? Take This Quiz!

    Why in the world would authors need to be ethical? Don’t they make up stuff for a living? Are you one of those writers that does whatever it takes to get a sale? Are you the kind that responds publicly to a bad review? Do you manipulate your public numbers to look better than you really are? Do you neglect excellence in your writing for the sake of a fast buck? Of course, you’re not. But you probably know someone who is. Even if you haven’t, you see this kind of writers everywhere. You read about their bad behavior. You nudge the author next to you and say, I can’t believe they did…

  • #EthicalAuthor,  Discipline,  Self-Publishing

    Top 10 Questions To Ask Yourself About Your Author Ethics (With Taylor Swift & Zombie References!)

    Writers today have dreams of instant success and fame! And because the idea of easy publishing is so tempting, we rush into it with  no idea what we should do to promote ourselves. Often our goal is just to gain any advantage we can in an increasingly competitive market. We may feel “creativity” in marketing trumps courteous behavior. We may suggest trading reviews with another author, not realizing this behavior could weaken our credibility. We may be so distracted by the elusive promise of financial success that we neglect to nurture our art. Or we may attach our pursuit of fame so tightly to our own identities that we can’t…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Blogging,  Marketing,  Publishing

    Top 10 Tips To Make Your Blog Title More RT Worthy

    by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist Everybody wants their blog to be noticed. But in reality, that’s a little tricky. According to Tumblr stats, there are 375 million on Tumblr alone, that’s one for every person living in the United States. That stat doesn’t count WordPress and other blogging platforms. Writers are constantly encouraged to blog more, but getting noticed is becoming more and more difficult. How do you get more traffic to your blog? Follow the meme #MondayBlogs! The#MondayBlogs idea is brilliant. On Mondays, anybody who wants to can post a link to their blog and those who follow that hashtag, on Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook, can find new blogs…

  • #MagicalMarketing

    Top 10 Ten Ways To Be There For Your Readers By Way Of ’90s Television

    I firmly believe that your readers can be your friends. I think that if you are a wise author, you are looking at your readers not as someone who bought, read and reviewed your book, but someone who, could potentially turn into a raving fan.  The term raving fan was coined by Kenneth Blanchard to describe a customer who enthusiastically promotes a company or service and would be a lifelong fan of the people behind it. In the writing world, we can have raving fans too. A writer who has raving fans will have an army or coalition of people who will always buy what they publish, they will always leave…

  • Marketing,  Social Media,  Time Management

    Making Your Author Platform Work for You — A Guest Post by Rachelle M. N. Shaw

    By Rachelle M. N. Shaw In such a highly competitive world of publishing, it’s no surprise that author platforms have taken center stage and become the foundation for any writer’s success. But who has time to keep up with all the Tweets, Pins, and Instagram posts needed to do so? The truth is, successful authors don’t. They pick the top few social media sites that fit their style and their audience, and they roll with it. What an Author Platform Should Do Provide original content fitting of your audience through a well-designed blog or website Become a place where you regularly engage with your followers; this doesn’t mean you sit…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  Marketing

    Selling Books Through Non-Marketing: A Guest Post By Jude Knight

    How to non-market I’ve spent a large part of my career as a commercial writer in my own small business. Small business owners are responsible for everything. I was writer, peer reviewer, company book-keeper, chief executive, project manager, strategic planner, store manager, cleaner of toilets, sales person and, of course, the big ‘M’ word. The one I feared. Marketing. So I learnt how to promote my business by non-marketing: marketing that doesn’t feel like marketing. Marketing that an introvert like me could do just by being myself. It was good preparation for being a self-published writer. Again, I am running my own business. And again, I’m out in the world…

  • Craft,  Discipline,  Uncategorized

    How The “There Are No Rules” Rule Can Set You Up For Failure & Mockery

    I’m not sure who started the “there are no rules in writing” rule. It certainly wasn’t an English teacher. There ARE rules. Rules for grammar, spelling and punctuation bring order and dignity to our language. There are also rules for storytelling, rules for submissions, rules of common sense, rules of general communication that YOU MUST follow if you want to be taken seriously.  If you are a writer then your job is to communicate  to your reader. If you are deliberately being sloppy, apathetic or lazy then the message you’re sending to your reader is “I’m above the rules” or “You’re too stupid” or “Conventions aren’t for geniuses like me.”…

  • #EthicalAuthor,  Discipline,  Marketing

    #Top10Tuesday Top 10 Things That Are Wrong With Reciprocal Reviews

      This has the potential of being my most controversial post yet. And I like controversy about as much as I like snooty  moms asking me personal questions about the decisions I made in the raising of my children. But  I believe that reciprocal reviews have the potential of being unethical simply because any quid pro quo arrangement could be intentionally tainted, possibly inaccurate and maybe even dishonest. My friend Jane Steen, who has written a great deal about ethical behavior for authors, has this to say about reciprocal reviews.  1. On their own, individual reviews don’t make a huge difference. Let’s be honest. While it helpful to have some reviews on…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Social Media

    Six Great Ways To Love Your Readers

    Admittedly, I’m new at this whole author gig. In the last two years , I’ve self-published a romantic comedy, signed a contract for a non-fiction book and started a Facebook group for 10 Minute Novelists. It’s only been in the last two year that I have readers! There are people who have read my book, liked it and left glowing reviews on Amazon and I have never met them! I am not only thrilled to actually have taken these people’s money, but also to know that many of them have told me through social media that they can’t wait to read more. This is the best feeling in the world!  This month, I’m spending a…

  • #EthicalAuthor,  Author Profile

    Love Your Reader, Love Your Art, Love Yourself A Guest Post By A. E. Snow

      The first two weeks of February are #ethicalauthors weeks here at 10 Minute Novelists. As an author and a reader, I got to thinking about authors who misbehave and how that can affect their readers and how it affects their art and their writing. Love your reader! There are lots of ways to love your readers. Write about things you are passionate about. Engage with them. Appreciate them because really, they didn’t have to one-click and buy your book. They didn’t have to give you a five-star review. Always be giving back to them. It’s a lot to keep up with but loving your reader is easy. There is…

  • #EthicalAuthor,  Author Profile,  Interviews With Authors,  Self-Publishing

    Author Spotlight: Meet Jane Steen

    10 Minute Novelists is a community of writers from all over the world. Twice a month, we feature one of our writers. Today? It’s Jane Steen, author of House of Closed Doors and champion of Author Ethics. Welcome Jane! 1. How did the topic of ethics for authors become an interest of yours? It just started out as an observation that there were quite a few authors out there behaving unprofessionally. I’ve been active on Goodreads as a reader for years, and I could see wave after wave of shock run around the community because an author had plagiarized another author’s work, or had attacked a reviewer in the comments thread,…

  • #EthicalAuthor

    #Top10 Tuesday Top Ten Ways To Love Your Art

    In the first two weeks of February, the writers over on my Facebook group, 10 Minute Novelists, will be talking about  Love Your Reader, Love Your Art, Love Yourself.   Today’s top ten list is about what that means, to love your art.  To read our Top 10 Ways To Love Your Reader, click here. 1. If you love your art, then you respect the masters. You have spend time reading the works of great writers, analyzing their style and choices. You’ve saturated yourself only with the best books so that you can be inspired and taught how to be great. 2. If you love your art, you don’t makes excuses for others’…

  • Uncategorized

    Our 2015 Editorial Calendar! We’d love for you to write about this!

    We publish 1-2 guest blog posts a week. If you’d like to be a guest blogger and need ideas, check out what we’re planning for 2015! But keep in mind, we plan months in advance. The sooner you contact us, the better. Click here to find out how. FEBRUARY: The month that we celebrate love is the best month to talk about Ethics!  We’re also discussing ways to Love Your Reader, Love Your Art, Love Yourself.    MARCH: March is REALLY SPECIAL! Besides celebrating the 1 Year Anniversary of the creation of 10 Minute Novelists, it’s also the month that Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day is released! We’ll be partying all…

  • #EthicalAuthor

    #Top10 Tuesday Top Ten Ways To Love Your Reader

    This month, on this website and over on the 10 Minute Novelists Facebook group, we’re talking about “Love Your Readers, Love Your Art, Love Yourself”. Within this theme, we want to address good practices, good behaviors and general excellence. Today we want to talk about what it means to love your readers.  Top 10 Ways To Love Your Readers 1. Be accessible.  This means have connections with your readers. Your social media presence should be there to nurture relationships, not just push your sales. Carefully consider every way that you and your brand are represented. If it’s not welcoming or easy to find, make some changes. 2. Be generous. This…