Author: Claire Bradshaw

8 Essential Components of a Self-Publishing Team

So you've decided to self-publish your book. Congratulations! Indie publishing is constantly growing and evolving, and indie authors now have a better-than-ever chance at pursuing a successful writing career. But if we've learned one thing when it comes to self-publishing, it's this: you can't do it alone. The word 'independent' in …

7 Useful Tips For Establishing A Writing Routine

There are certain things all writers need: inspiration, creativity, dedication, some measure of talent. But there's one thing that's perhaps more important than all these elements combined – one thing that's guaranteed to help you become a productive, prolific writer. And that thing is a writing routine. Every writer who …

10 Simple Tips For Writing Clever Plot Twists

Writing plot twists is much harder than it looks. As readers, we're used to devouring mind-blowing twists and turns, marvelling at the cleverness of the writers who devised them. But as writers behind the scenes, it's difficult to dream up new and innovative ways of subverting readers' expectations. If you …

The Fuss-Free Beginner’s Guide To Scrivener

You've no doubt heard of Scrivener before. Developed by Literature and Latte, this piece of novel-writing software is expansive, affordable, and extremely popular with experienced authors and beginners alike. But just why is it so popular? Do you really need yet another piece of software in your life? Will it really help …

Ultimate Guide: How To Work With Beta Readers

So you've finished writing, rewriting and self-editing your novel. It should be ready for professional editing, self-publishing or querying now, right? Well, there's actually one more step in the process that we suggest you add: working with beta readers. You've probably heard the term 'beta reader' floating around the publishing sphere. …

5 Surefire Ways To Raise The Stakes Of Your Story

Every story must have stakes. Stakes (especially high ones) keep the plot moving, keep the characters growing and changing, and keep your readers engaged. Without high stakes, your story may feel flat, the pacing of your plot may lag, or the page-turning tension may falter. So, let's delve into what …