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Writing that Resonates

Resonate. It’s the word I use most often when talking about writing. But what does it really mean? Take the word home. The dictionary definition is “The place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.” But that’s not what anyone thinks when they hear the word. They think of their home. What it looks like, what it sounds and smells like, how it feels to be there. They think of the people who occupy it and the often complex emotions they engender. They think about history and family and legacy and…well, you get the …

Taking a Book from Idea to Bestseller

There are bits of advice scattered all over the internet on how to write a book, how to market it, how to outline, how to write a great ending. But seeing it as a linear process will help you to do everything in the right order without missing a step—and that is something I don’t see anywhere else.  What I can’t do in this article is explain how to do every step. That would take, well, an entire website. But seeing the steps will help aspiring authors understand what it takes to move a book from a simple idea in …

Know What You Want

Why do you want to sell your book? Is it to make money? Or is it to be validated as an author? (Hint: there is no wrong answer.) I was a traditional author. Published nine novels through houses of varying sizes, from the Big Five to small presses and a few in between. Even won an award. But I left it behind to self-publish. Why? There were a lot of factors involved, but what it mostly came down to was control. In traditional publishing, I had no control. Publishers told me whether the book would be published or not. Editors …

Can I Really Make Money in Self-Publishing?

We talk a lot about the hard work involved in becoming a self-published author, but the real answer to this question is an enthusiastic “Hell, yes!” If you follow the paths we’ve created, spend the time learning how the system works, and work hard, it is absolutely possible to quit your day job and make real money as a writer.  Self-publishing got a bad rap because for many years it was almost impossible to make a profit as a self-published author. You had to buy a print run of books and then find ways to sell them, and they were …

Thriller Guide Preview

Thrillers are about tension and movement, long odds and fighting to overcome them, and a hero so brilliant and determined that they win anyway. They may have to make a big sacrifice, but in the end the hero saves the world.  Thrillers are usually written in third person, specifically, in third person limited. It’s a visceral genre, so first person is good, too, but thrillers often feature complex and/or convoluted plots that need several viewpoint characters to work. For first person, make sure your plot is on the simpler side, the twist demands the reader not know anything that the …

Genre Guides and Essentials

Here is where Written Well sets itself apart from the competition. Our Genre Guides are complete guides to how to succeed in every genre being written. How to write it, how to publish it, how to market it—we’ve got it all covered. Whether you’re writing thrillers or cookbooks, litRPG or reverse harem romance, we’ve got a guide for you. And that’s not all. In the Essentials section, we teach you the skills you need to succeed in any genre. Advertising, marketing, grammar, and a whole lot more. And it’s not just sitting there. We constantly monitor our information compared to …

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