7 Articles Writers and Authors Must Read

I love words. And authors. Here are 7 articles certain to appeal to your inner writer. Click on each headline to access the full article.

Should books be priced according to their length?

Why do ebooks with 20 pages cost $20, and 285-page novels cost $14.99? Is that fair? Michael Hyatt weighs in with his opinion.

20 redundant phrases to eliminate from your writing

I’m guilty of using:

  • Advance notice
  • Close proximity
  • Free gift
  • Repeat again.

Could you repeat that again?

Discussion question: Which of Mickie Kennedy’s 20 redundant phrases plague you?

The 7 habits of highly effective writers

Effective writers:

  1. Separate the writing and the editing processes.
  2. Focus on the interesting.
  3. Tap into the power of metaphor.

Plus 4 more habits, courtesy of Daphne Gray-Grant.

How to weave a story that instantly captivates your audience

Even mundane stories can be captivating, if you’re able to pinpoint the drama of the story for your reader. Sean D’Souza shows us how to tantalize with the first sentence.

The 8 parts of speech: Do you know them?

Quick! List all 8 parts of speech.

Let me see… there’s noun, pronoun, verb… Grammar Rock: Where are you when I need you?

Laura Hale Brockway shares this quick little review for every student of writing.

(Check out the lyrics of my favorite Grammar Rock song, “Conjunction Junction,” and sing along with the video!)

10 dead authors you should follow on Twitter

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to follow my favorite author, Jane Austen. A couple of years ago, I met the ghostwriter for AW Tozer’s Twitter account. He told me it is quite an honor to step into Tozer’s shoes every day.

Discussion question: What dead author do YOU think people should follow on Twitter?

How to create a killer marketing plan for your book launch

Srinivas Rao’s 9-step plan includes:

  1. Guest posts
  2. E-mail blasts
  3. Network outreach
  4. Book trailers
  5. Media appearances/interviews
  6. Freebies/samples
  7. Speaking/book tours
  8. Experiments