Friday, July 29, 2016

70 Best Websites for Writers


Are you overwhelmed by the amount of articles in your RSS reader? Have you lost track of the really good articles you thought you had, and don't have the time to sort through everything?

Don't worry at 1976write we've created a list of the top ..... websites for writers.

If you have something in mind for this year that you really want accomplish, you're sure to find plenty of inspiration and resources here.

The list has been broken up into 5 categories: Writing, craft and creativity, blogging, marketing and publishing.

So delve in and be inspired.

Writing

Communities


1. Yeah Write

Yeah Write presents weekly writing challenges for fiction, non-fiction, poetry and micro stories each week. The community gets to vote on the most impressive stories and discover new favourite writers.

2. Write On

Part of the Amazon Kindle platform, Write On is a community for writers at any stage of the creative process. On this website you can shop and talk about everything to with publishing and writing, as well as submitting your writing ideas for feedback and reviews.

3. Wattpad

A social platform where "stories are made social". The world's largest community of writers and readers, all members are free to post and read original stories as well as engage in conversation with other members.

4. Two Drops of Ink

A literary blog that accepts submissions from writers of just about any genre of writing out there.

5. She Writes

Founded by author Kamy Wicoff, over 27,000 writers of all levels have joined this exciting community. She Writes provides you with a profile where you can create your own profile and build a network, as well as sharing your own work you can get feedback and be involved in discussions on all sorts of things in the forum.

6. Scribophile

This writing community relies on a "karma points" system, where you spend points in order to submit your writing, and receive points when you provide extraordinary critiques. Free writing contests and an active forum are also regular events.

7. Fiction Writers Group

A Facebook group of 10,000 or so of traditional, self published as well as Indie authors has been around since 2009. It's a popular source of community and comradeship without miry self promotion. Publishing three anthologies a year through the community of writers.

8. 1st 10 Pages

At 1st 10 pages "first impressions" really do count, writers can anonymously post the first 10 pages of their work to be carefully reviewed by established industry insiders.

Creativity and Craft

9. Write to Done

A website dedicated to learning to write well. Mary Jaksch its founder brings the age old-advice to keep writing to a different level, pointing out that its not practise that makes you a better writer - its practise directed in a positive way.

10. Writer Unboxed

Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton decided to create Writer Unboxed in 2006 in order to freely publish their observations. Since then its grown into a thriving online community, with contributions from writers of all levels to the craft of writing.

11. Writers in the Storm

Like any fictional character in a story, all writers must weather the storm of their profession. This website is run by a group of authors, providing inspiration and tips for authors, providing inspiration and tips for writers during all stages of the process.

12. Writers Helping Writers

A one-of-a-kind resource provided by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, that writers can actually utilise for themselves. They provide books and blog posts helping writers become better storytellers. Their library is teeming with tools for planning, researching and writing your book.

13. Write or Die

Mandy Wallace, a writer, doesn't believe that when it comes to writing that you should wait for a lucky strike or inspiration to come. Instead just "show up, shut up, and write," sooner or later it'll all come together. Wallace offers blog documents, writing, lessons as well as practical guides for upgrading your writing.

14. Witty Title Here

Witty Title Here offers writing advice, inspiration, writer spotlights and more - with a feminist twist. It also publishes reader-submitted pieces for writers just starting out or finding their voice.

15. The Write Practise

Practise, the number one thing all successful writers have in common. Joe Bunting and his team at The Write Practise help you develop your writing rhythm and grow your voice and identity as a writer.

16. Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard share her secrets on planning your novel, maximising productivity, facing your writing fears and getting published all in her blog posts and newsletter.

17. Script

Script has been the top place to go for inside information for more than 15 years. With how-to-articles, interviews, podcasts, influencer directories, webinars, courses and resource directories for those writers in the film and TV industry.

18. ProWritingAid

This blog is all about transforming good writing into great writing. Including tips on grammar, writing techniques, software recommendations, a great resource to polish your prose.

19. Positive Writer

Bryan Hutchison offers a blog to help writer's be more motivated, moving beyond writing paralysis and finish the work they set out to create.

20. Live Write Breathe

Janalyn Voigt's websites core principles are "live with passion, write well, and remember to breath". A gentle reminder to aspiring authors that if we lead a passionate life we can properly fuel our writing and succeed.

21. KidLit411

Founders Elaine Kearns and Sylvia Liu have put together awards, writing challenges and publishing resources for all children's authors and illustrators. Posting weekly author and illustrator interviews making it the ultimate place for anyone interested in becoming a children's story writer or illustrator.

22. Inky Girl

Debbie Ridpath Ohi provides a place for children's authors and illustrator's to share interviews, original comics and advice on telling unique stories.

23. Ink and Quills

Ink and Quills was founded by Kaitlin Hillerich who has for more than 10 years studied the craft of writing. Created to help other writers reach their novel-writing goals and create fascinating stories. There's a ton to explore with blog posts, worksheets, ebooks and courses to choose from.

24. Fiction University

Janice Hardy explains how you can make writing industry rules work for you. With articles and guest columns posted daily you can gain valuable insight into the book-writing and publishing process.

25. Elizabeth Spann Craig

Mystery author Elizabeth Spann Craig talks about all things relevant to a writer's life, with blogposts about public speaking, gaining visibility, productivity and connecting with a wider audience. Her articles are a firm reader favourite.

26. C.S. Lakin's Live Write Thrive

C.S. Lakin, author, editor and writing coach helps writer's get their manuscripts ready for publication. Her website articles include scene structure, character development, editing and crafting a story.

27. Brain Pickings

Created by Maria Popova, Brain Pickings documents her intellectual, creative and spiritual growth. Exploring brilliant discoveries of different disciplines, and how we can "cross pollinate" these ideas to move us forward in creative thinking.

28. Bane of Your Resistance

With research used from creative process and neuroscience, Rosanne Bane takes on the issue of writing resistance in all its forms: perfectionism, procrastination, writer's block and more. Weekly posts that offer science backed quandaries to common problems for writer's.

29. A Writer's Path

A wealth of information from author Ryan Lanz, featuring frequent guest blogposts, Writer's Toolbox and favourite websites, blogs, music, apps and people picks.

30. Ann Kroeker

Writing coach and author Ann Kroeker is on a mission to help writer's reach their ambition by maximising productivity, creativity and curiosity. With frequent blogposts, podcasts and resources for writers.

31. Aerogramme Writers' Studio

With up-to-date information on writing news, opportunities, contests and calls for submission, Aerogramme Writers' Studio contains tons of articles on the art of writing.


Blogging

32. The Daily Post

After you've set up your Wordpress site, name and theme, the team at The Daily Post will help you grow as a writer professionally. With the help of daily writing prompts, interviews with successful bloggers, photo and writing challenges, and Wordpress tips to help you on your way.

33. Sark e-media

Sarah and Kevin Arrow provide you with practical and motivational articles, a free 30-day blogging challenge. Helping you gain confidence in your writing and the recognition you deserve.

34. Problogger

A reliable blog about blogging, founder Darren Rowse and his Problogger team bring you all the latest news and tips to build a better blog. With extensive resources on how to monetise you blog as well a job board updated regularly full of new opportunities.

35. Copyblogger

Copybloggers site takes your content marketing and SEO and community building to the next level. With a free library of free ebooks, blog posts, forums and much more. A leading resource for professional blogging from the creators of Rainmaker Platform for digital marketing.

36. Smart Blogger

Jon Morrow and his team at Smart Blogger offer a wealth of resources to increase traffic to your site and build community, all done without the sacrifice of quality content.

37. Beyond Your Blog

If you're looking to grow your blog audience, Beyond Your Blog provides practical tips and resources for getting published on other blogs and in digital publications, so you can engage new fans more easily.

38. Be a Freelance Blogger

Sophie Lizard will teach you how to take your freelance blogging skills to pro level through her blog posts, free community and jobs board. Showing you how to increase your blogging income and become an expert in your niche.

Publishing

39. Writability

Soon-to-be-published author Ava Jae has been established for five years on the internet, sharing vlogs, book reviews, and how-tos, and blog posts about her journey to getting published.

40. The Passive Voice

Manoeuvring through publishing and writing contracts? Want to read up on your knowledge of intellectual litigation? Discover David Vandagriff's musings on the legal side of the writing business.

41. The Kill Zone

The Kill Zone offers you access to the minds of 11 tops suspense writers and publishing professionals. Updated daily with new blog posts, and insights into publishing, marketing and the craft of writing.

42. The Book Deal

Editor and industry insider Alan Rinzler offers advice on traditional publishing, self-publishing, landing an agent, marketing and much more.

43. Standoutbooks

So you've written your book, now what? Discover tons of articles, templates, tools and resource recommendations for getting your book published and marketed and more. Make sure you grab a free copy of Book Marketing Plan and Press Release templates.

44. She's Novel

Kristen Kieffer wrote her first draft in two and a half years - she discovered she made every mistake in the book. Vowing not to let these personal lessons go to waste, she create She's Novel, providing a resource hub that helps writers more-easily navigate the journey of crafting brilliant novels.

45. Rachelle Gardner

A popular literary-agent blog online, Rachelle Gardner's website offers a great resource for sound advice on how to find and partner with the right agent, hone your elevator pitch, write a query letter and more.

46. Novel Publicity

Novel Publicity believes every story should be told, and have its own platform. Bearing this in mind the website provides guidance on writing, marketing and publishing. Blog posts covering everything from social media strategy and book design to finances and author blogging.

47. Nail Your Novel

Bestselling ghostwriter and book doctor Roz Morris shares her best traditional and self-publishing tips alongside musings on the writing process. Also be sure to check her radio show "So you want to Be a Writer?"

48. Literary Rambles

Blog partners Casey McCormick and Natalie Aguirre interview and highlight children's book authors, literary agents and agencies on their website Literary Rambles.

49. Lisa Romeo Writes

Lisa Romeo non-fiction and freelance writer provides blog posts on various topics such as, how to reclaim your writing life, getting through troublesome pieces and navigating the business writing. Her best piece of advice? Write first, read blogs second.

50. Jody Hedlund, Author

Jody Hedlund's blog is full of advice, encouragement, and inspiration about writing and existing in today's challenging publishing industry.

51. Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman former publisher explores the intersection of publishing, authorship and the digital age. Established for 15 years in the industry Friedman knows her stuff - her website is a wealth of information on how to embrace the "future of authorship".

52. Indies Unlimited

Indies Unlimited is an amazing resource of writing, publishing, tools and resources for independent authors. Featuring thousands of blog posts and weekly features like Tuesday Tutorials and Thrifty Thursday, there's always something new to learn.

53. How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book

Mary Carroll Moore, through blog posts, weekly writing exercises, and 12 week book development courses, is devoted to helping writers bring their novels to fruition so they can move forward in the publishing process.

54. Helping Writers become Authors

Look at K.M. Weiland as your publishing and writing mentor, with her website you have a choice of hundreds of blog posts, instructional e-books, and an exclusive e-letter, her blog is the perfect place to find the answers to all of your questions.

55. Guide to Literary Agents (Writer's Digest)

Chuck Sambuchino's popular about publishing is a guide to literary agents and the go-to-place for all types of information on finding literary agents, sending query letters, building an author platform and marketing your book.

56. Go Teen Writers

Stephanie Morrill created Go Teen Writers to provide encouragement, community and wisdom to aspiring teen writers who want to learn more about how to finish a novel and get it published.

57. Goins Writer

Jeff Goins, best-selling author, created his site to inspire others and help awaken their creative gifts and develop their true voice. Peek inside the life of a successful creative professional through his blog posts, podcasts, and newsletters. Receive practical advice for pursuing your own art.

58. Blots and Plots

Jenny Bravo, author, offers personal anecdotes and guidance for writers who want to take a leap into the publishing world.

59. Better Novel Project

A more scientific approach to writing a best selling novel comes from author Christine Frazier. Deconstructing popular books to pinpoint the common elements they share. Her findings are then incorporated into the "master outline" for a better, research backed novel. Read insights on plot word counts and character development.

60. Bent on Books

Jenny Bent and her team run the Bent on Books blog. Sharing their monthly agent "wish list" the books they are looking to represent, as well as advice on marketing, publishing, working with an agent and much more.

61. Author.Pub

With a rapidly growing and shifting industry, getting published is hard. That's where Author.Pub comes in: helping aspiring authors manage the overwhelming process of publishing and marketing process through blog posts, guides and directories of trusted names and companies in book publishing.

Marketing

62. The Story of Telling

Bernadette Jiwa, author of The Story of Telling says the secret sauce to great marketing is building content and understanding between you and your audience. Visit her blog to see marketing as not just a department, but also part of a holistic and successful entrepreneurial experience.

63. Social Triggers

Marketing expert Derek Halpern shares his best tips, strategies and scripts for growing your audience and making the sale. The Technique he uses are data driven, using the latest finds in psychology and social behaviour.

64. Shelly Hitz

Shelley Hitz is on a mission to help you reach your target audience and build your author platform. Read her blog posts, podcast and Author Audience Academy, where you'll find tons of content in book writing, publishing, and marketing.

65. Quicksprout

Neil Patel, top entrepreneur and influencer recognised by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and even President Obama, he's definitely the go-to-guy for all things online marketing. helping companies like NBC, Amazon increase their revenue, his crazy useful content is sure to help your business as well.

66. Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt, bestselling author of Platform: Get noticed in a noisy world will help you do that. With tips and resources about personal development, productivity, leadership, influence and more.

67. Kikolani

Discover the latest strategies, trends and how-tos in digital marketing from founder Kristi Hines. A must-have resource for business and professional bloggers who want to make their brands stand out.

68. Jessica Lawlor

Don't be swayed by low confidence in your marketing success. Follow Jessica Lawlor and the #GetGutsy community to find inspiration and tips on how-to step outside your comfort zone and go for your goals.

69. Giving Voice to Your Story

Everyone has a story to share with the world. Dorit Sasson through her blog and corresponding radio show helps writers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders build a trusting relationship with their audience so they can share their message and reach new levels of success.

70. Build Book Buzz

DIY book publicity and marketing is something you can definitely do. Public-relations star and author Sandra Beckwith provides articles, training programs and other resources that help take the guesswork out of book marketing.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

10 Good Reasons Why Your Blog Might be Alienating Your Readers


As a writer my platform is my blog, it helps get my message across and allows my voice to be heard. It takes many hours of thought and writing to put words on the screen.

Blogs are being created on a daily basis, by the truck load.  Which makes it more important to understand what attracts your audience and helps retain your followers.

There's nothing wrong with making mistakes along the way, believe me I've made plenty.  "You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs".

So keep those thoughts in mind and discover the 10 points I've learnt so far:

1. Posting Sporadically

I used to post once a week, until I discovered it wasn't enough.  I'd started my blog March 2015, and was doing too many other things in the beginning, to realize how important content was to my audience.

A blog has a lot of similarities to a magazine or newspaper.  You need fresh articles to peak your readers interest.

2. Posting too Regularly

At the same time posting frequently, say everyday, as an example.  To your readers feels like a deluge. So you need to find a pace of posting you can manage and that your readers feel comfortable with.

3. Leave Your Comments On

This is something I've struggled with.  Intereaction with my audience.  I encourage any readers to comment on any of my posts.  That's why my comments section is open to all.

4. Don't be Abrasive

There's nothing wrong with a droll or sarcastic post every once in a while.  Doing it too often may make your readers feel uncomfortable.  So stick to comfortable and you can't go wrong.

5. Poor Images

Quality images throughout your blog is key to holding your audiences attention, and creating your own particular style.  Your blog needs to be attractive and easy to get around.

6. Don't Just Talk About Anything

Sticking to you chosen blog genre is important.  Getting off the beaten track confuses your readers. So be creative, and do it around your chosen focus area.

7. Visit Other Blog's

I've been reading other peoples blogs since I started writing on the internet, back in 2010.  The blogging community is about give and take.  Each blog I visit, is a valuable source of information and ideas.

8. Comment Thoughtfully

Only comment on other peoples blogs if you have something encouraging to say.  Blogging is all about sharing and discovery.

9. Don't Get Overexcited

Your audience doesn't need to read a 3,000 word article all of the time. It's clear in this day and age, people have a shorter attention span.  Writing bite sized chunks or 250-1,000 words will keep your readers attention.

10. Don't be Self-Indulgent

Great bloggers are those who share content from other bloggers.

Make sure you join Facebook, Twitter or Google+ to promote your your posts.   You'll discover a whole new audience.

Happy Blogging!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

How to Self-Publish on Kindle: 3 Simple Steps to Publish Your eBook


Once you've written and edited your book, you need to find somewhere to publish it.  The most accessible platform is Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).

Self-publishing sounds so complicated and baffling.  The reality is  Kindle is one of the easiest platforms on the internet to publish on.

I've self-published eBooks on Kindle in the past and understand the headache of paying someone to do it for you.

I want to share with you some of the tips I've learned, and help you to publish your own book on Kindle.

Really Good Reasons to Self-Publish on Kindle

Amazon holds the lions share of self-published eBook sales of around 80-85%.  With a share as high as 85% Amazon is still the biggest in the market by a long shot.  With an easy-to-use publishing platform, Kindle is a comparatively easier option.

How to Self-Publish on Kindle

Step 1

Your Book

Sign up with KDP here.

Click Add a title
  1. Book name.
  2. Book description (you can write up to 4,000 characters - use this to sell your book to your reader).
  3. Book contributors (put your own name if you're the author).
  4. Categories (the subject/genre you're writing in).
  5. Keywords (you can add up to 7 keywords in your genre, don't duplicate categories).
You can leave these items blank.
  • Series
  • Edition Number
  • Publisher
  • Language
  • Publication Date
  • ISBN

You're publishing your own work, so you have copyright. This means you need to verify This is not a public domain work and I hold the necessary publishing right.

Kindle Format Conversion

KDP welcomes these formats:
  • Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx)
  • Ebook Formats (Html, Mobi, Epub)
  • Adobe PDF
I use Google Docs to write my eBook on.  Its' a straight forward save and easy to upload on Kindle.

I want to keep this easy, so just upload your manuscript and let Amazon reformat it for you onto Kindle.

Previewing in Kindle

If you've gone with the HTML format file, you can use Kindle Previewer.  You can see how well your book works on different Kindle versions.

Uploading Your Book

If you're happy with the format you've chosen you can upload your file to KDP.  The next option is Digital Rights Management.
  • You can enable if you want to make it difficult for people to copy your book.
  • Do not enable if your preference is to make your book available without restrictions.
Once you've uploaded you can preview it to see if it looks okay.

Step 2

Book Cover Photo

You have two choices, create your own eBook cover, or use the template-based cover creator.  I've tried both and prefer creating my own design using Picmonkey.  The cover is an important part of your book and will help attract readers.

Creating your eBook cover doesn't need to be difficult.  You can find a photo and put a title over it, or create a text based cover like mine below.

Cover Photo Size

You can use your own photo or artwork, or download one from an image library.  The easier and cheaper option is to use your own.

Kindle eBook image size 1563 x 2500 pixels.

Its advisable to make your cover in colour, even though Kindle only displays in black and white. Kindle Fire, Kindle app and windows etc all display in colour.

Click Browse for image, select your cover, then upload your image.

Its a good place to start if you want to experiment and see how various fonts and designs look.

Step 3

Your Rights and Pricing

Confirm your Publishing Territories

Click Worldwide Rights - all territories.  Your book will show up on Amazon sites all around the world.

Set Your Price

Best Place to set your price at is $2.99/£1.49 so you'll receive a 70% royalty.

Your price is set by the US price, which means you can customise your price in different territories.

Last Step Publish


Click Save and publish.

Within hours your book will appear on Amazon all around the world.

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