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Weekly Words - a quote, a tool, and a tip for writers

"I write to empty my mind and fill my heart." Paul Coelho

A Writing Tool

If you're considering self-publishing (and even if you're not), the most practical book I've read on marketing is Denis Caron's Catch the Unicorn: Demystifying Book Marketing for Fiction Authors. The book explains author platforms, mailing lists, Amazon keywords, pricing, and other complicated concepts in simple, easy-to-understand language. Geared specifically toward fiction writers, this slim guide provides a wealth of information.

Craft Tip

Format your novel correctly. This is especially important if you are querying. Formatting a novel is not about what you think looks good, it is about readability and industry standards. Here are the basics for Word documents:

  • Times New Roman, 12-point, black font.

  • One-inch margins with a 1/2 inch indentation (use tabs, not the space bar)

  • Start chapters on a new page using page breaks (keyboard: Ctrl+Enter) not the return bar.

  • Double-space text, left justify

  • Single space after a period (to fix a document with two spaces after periods, use "find and replace").


Photo Inspiration - There's a Story Here: Trier, Germany 2016

What story would you write about this photo?


Weekly Mindset Video - Writing Forward


Next Step Book Coach - If you're ready to start your novel, are stuck in the middle, or have finished and need to know what to do next - we can help.