Improve Prose with Poetry

Mary Oliver, former poet laureate, died in January 2019. From my perspective, she wrote some of the most insightful and beautiful poetry I’ve ever read. Here’s a link to her reading one of her most famous poems, “Wild Geese,” on YouTube.

She also wrote a book on writing poetry, A Poetry Handbook, that is useful not only for poets, but for those who wish to bring more vibrancy to their writing.

Writing, like living, is a long, ever-changing journey. The strife we are living through right now will pass, someday. As writers, whether non-fiction, fiction, or poetry, we have a duty to add perspective to the daily lives of others, in my opinion. What can you write today that will broaden someone’s understanding of their own lives, as well as the lives of others?

That is my challenge. I’d love to see what you come up with.

Using Word's Headings to Structure Your Non-Fiction Book

I have recently had two large non-fiction projects come in that suffered from a similar problem: unclear structure. Creating a non-fiction book structure can be challenging, but it is vital to do. A meandering structure will confuse the reader, leave them dissatisfied, and often cause them to abandon the book before finishing.

Fortunately, using Microsoft …

How Decisions Affect Book Price

Stack of books.

Stack of books.Length and Size Matter. Everything matters when it comes to book price.

Every decision you make affects the final look and feel of your book, the cost, the price you can set, and …

Structuring the Non-Fiction Book

How should you structure your non-fiction book?

According to Wikipedia, “Form follows function is a principle associated with 20th-century modernist architecture and industrial design which says that the shape of a building or object should primarily relate to its intended function or purpose.”

It is a concept …

Finishing Your Book

There is a statistic floating around, although I don’t know how reliable it is, that 80% of Americans intend to write a book. Even with the tens of thousands of books that come out a …

Deep Point of View in Writing Fiction

To write fiction that grabs the reader and keeps them engaged from page one to the end, you have to learn how to write deep point of view (POV). For some people that grew up reading Nancy Drew and the like, that can be difficult.

Maybe you remember Tom Swifties. They were clever. Some …

Formatting Your Book

Everything matters.

That is particularly true when you are creating a print book. Every decision you make affects the final look and feel of your book, the cost, the price you can set, and how …

Should You Give Your Book Away--Free Books

As many of you know, I write women’s fiction and romance. My next book, Finding Home (self-published), comes out the end of September. I have been and still am, a member of several online writing communities.

Periodically, there are discussions about the pros and cons of giving away books as part of the marketing …

Why Did You Write Your Book?

Depending on the statistic you find, writing a book is one of the top goals for some 80 to 90 percent of Americans. If you are reading this, you, too, have expressed this goal.

But why? You don’t have to determine why all those other people want to write a book, but you do need …

To Use Amazon KDP Select or Not? That Is the Question ...

(with apologies to the Bard.)

In 2017, Mark Coker, Smashwords owner, made ripples with one of his predictions: “The publishing industry will begin to recognize KDP Select as the cancer that it is.”

Not everyone agreed.

But still, as a self-published author, you need to decide whether or not to publish exclusively with …