Tag Archives: Mistakes

Top 10 Ways You May Be Doing National Novel Writing Month All Wrong

by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist Is it really November? Is it really time to start that non-stop frenzy that requires 50,000 words in 30 days? It is! Congratulations to all of you who are attempting it this year! And to those of you who have tried, get discouraged and possibly think you are on … Continue reading Top 10 Ways You May Be Doing National Novel Writing Month All Wrong

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

Top 10 Reasons Why Reciprocal Reviews Are Unethical

by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist 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 for authors are unethical, unprofessional and … Continue reading Top 10 Reasons Why Reciprocal Reviews Are Unethical

Top 10 Things Writers Do Wrong On Twitter

by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelists  You’ve written a book! You’ve followed all the great advice! You’ve got your Facebook page and your blog set up and your Twitter account is up and running! You’re doing everything right, or at least you think you are.  The Facebook likes are trickling in, you get a few … Continue reading Top 10 Things Writers Do Wrong On Twitter

Top 10 Things To Consider When Choosing A Publisher With The Same Care As A Jane Austen Heroine Chose A Husband

  It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a good story must be in want of a publisher. It’s the age old story. You have so many hopes and dreams. You have all these wonderful stories to tell. You know that it will take an attachment, a proposal and perhaps … Continue reading Top 10 Things To Consider When Choosing A Publisher With The Same Care As A Jane Austen Heroine Chose A Husband

10 Destructive, Cowardly Lies I Had To Discard So I Could Become A Writer

This is one of my favorite blog posts. I’m bringing it back from 2014 because I think we could all use a fresh reminder!  We don’t get in this business to be comfortable. We get in this business because the drive to create is bigger than the drive to be accepted. It takes guts and … Continue reading 10 Destructive, Cowardly Lies I Had To Discard So I Could Become A Writer

What To Do With Too Much Writing Advice (And How Not To Let it Drive You To Drink)

  I think I understand why old school writers were heavy drinkers. I think I understand why some of them fell into dark thoughts, depression or loneliness. I think I understand why writers generally are isolated introverts, hiding from the real world, wrapping themselves up in their imaginary lands, fighting dragons, discovering treasure and falling … Continue reading What To Do With Too Much Writing Advice (And How Not To Let it Drive You To Drink)

Learning From The Independent Publishing Experience: A Guest Post By Jude Knight

What have you learned from this experience? The headline is a quote from the man I adore: “What have you learned from this experience?” (Not, incidentally, what you want to hear when you’ve just bumped your toe or broken your heart. But I love you, darling.) Six months ago last month, I published my first … Continue reading Learning From The Independent Publishing Experience: A Guest Post By Jude Knight

Nine Things I’ve Learned About Book Marketing That I Didn’t Know Last Year

I am not a marketing expert.  I am, however, an informed consumer and reluctant buyer of stuff. I am not easily impressed. I don’t follow trends, I am only impressed with designer labels when I see them at my local thrift store. I also come from a family of manipulators so if anyone has a … Continue reading Nine Things I’ve Learned About Book Marketing That I Didn’t Know Last Year

#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 … Continue reading #Top10Tuesday Top 10 Things That Are Wrong With Reciprocal Reviews

The Single Best Writing Advice (Too Bad I Don’t Always Follow It)

We’ve heard it before, write what you know. Or, write every day. Or, READ! READ! READ! And while that is all very good advice, and you should follow it fervently, it’s still not the best.One of the best pieces of advice I was given in college was this: Never compare yourself to others.  If you do, you’ll compare their … Continue reading The Single Best Writing Advice (Too Bad I Don’t Always Follow It)

How To Love Yourself When You’re Weak (A List For SuperMom Types Who Get Sick)

No one is as hard on me as me. The context of this idea came to me 13 days into an illness. It wasn’t the flu, a sinus infection, an ear infection or bronchitis.  I didn’t have the fever to warrant antibiotics and I didn’t have enough symptoms to make even a trip to the … Continue reading How To Love Yourself When You’re Weak (A List For SuperMom Types Who Get Sick)

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