Because authors put their work out their for anyone to see, they receive a lot of criticism. How can authors develop a thick skin and, instead of getting offended, use the criticism to their advantage?
Before writing a novel, it's important to do research on the location, the time period, the people, the food, and the hobbies and jobs of the characters. Here are a few ideas to help you research your novel!
Every author should give the Microsoft Word Text-to-Speech feature a try as they fine-tune their manuscripts. When you read your book aloud, your ears will find many errors, repetitive words, and even plot flaws that your eyes (and the eyes of others) will often miss.
Self-publishing can be intensive and overwhelming, but also rewarding. Here are some straightforward, self-publishing steps to help you through this process!
Length for print books mattered a lot, but what about ebooks? Take a peek at what does matter and what length is selling more books!
To use or not to use a semicolon? Become a semicolon master with these 5 quick tips.
It may seem tempting to put your book out there immediately and start earning money, but good editing can make or break your novel. How many editors do you need?
Have you ever been confused about how to use or conjugate lay and lie? Mix-ups between these verbs is common, but with a few simple tips, you can always feel confident in your word choice.
How important is having an online presence for authors? Could you be losing sales by not being easy to contact? Find out just how important it is to make yourself available and stand out from the crowd.
Will swearing hurt your book sales? Many readers today will not be offended by a certain amount of profanity in books, but shocking words often pull readers out of the story. Read this before you decide how much profanity to put in your next book.
When should you use apostrophes with omitted letters and possessives? Which way should they face? A few simple rules will help you use apostrophes with confidence.
Romance often gets a bad rap, but romance sells more than any other genre besides general fiction. So today we share important tips on how to write a stronger romance novel.
Tenant/tenet, then/than, bad/badly—do you really know the difference? Here are some words that writers commonly confuse and examples on how to use them.
When recounting events, “then” is a weak transition. Try eliminating “then” with specific references to time or location, or by listing characteristics. The excessive use of "then" can quickly become repetitive and is a lazy way of showing sequences of events.
Punctuation usually goes inside quotation marks, especially in dialogue, but that is not always the case with other usage. Deciding where to put punctuation with quotation marks is simple if you follow a few rules.
We see authors using a variety of single and double quotation marks in text, especially in dialog. Which way is the “right” way to do it? When should a double quotation mark be used versus a single quotation mark?
Improper em dash formation screams inexperience, but em dashes are simple to make, and all authors can become an expert in a few minutes. Understand not only how to form em dashes, but also the difference between American and British usage. Start looking like a pro!
Do you get sick of writing “he said/she said” or are you unsure how to punctuate dialogue tags? Do you use too many -ly adverbs that drive readers crazy? Dialogue tags can be complicated—something that the editors at My Book Cave have noticed when reviewing books. But worry no more. Here are eight tips that will help you write and punctuate dialogue tags well, so that your book will be one step closer to promotion on our content-rated site.
So, who cares about formatting? It all reads the same. Well, yes and no. Many books are read on phones these days, and that extra spacing between paragraphs can be irritating. But there are other reasons, so read on.