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Here are some links to articles, books, and online classes of a general nature that are related to writing and self-publishing. For more specific subject matter, check out my book How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Novel where I include links to articles at the end of the chapters.


Articles I've Written:

Social Media—To Be, or Not to Be

The Book Designer

November 2, 2020


Marlowe, A.I. for Novels: Does It Measure Up to Its Namesakes?

The Book Designer

August 24, 2020


Write/Right for the Market

The Book Designer

June 22, 2020


The Art of Condensing an Entire Book into a Brief Sales Pitch

The Book Designer

April 20, 2020


Writing Tips: Hooking Readers with Characters They Care About

The Creative Penn

March 4, 2020


Self-Publishing: It’s Going to Cost How Much, You Ask?

The Book Designer

March 2, 2020


Working with Those Dreaded Editors

The Book Designer

October 24, 2019


It’s a Tough Market for Authors

indieBRAG blog

June 23, 2019 


Get Ready, Get Set, Go Publish That Novel

The Book Designer

January 4, 2017


Tips for Author Success

Northern California Publishers and Authors

September 19, 2016


Four Truths and Four Myths Every Novelist Should Know

The Book Designer

July 25, 2016


Free E-Book Promotions—Are They Right For You?

Writers Digest

March 4, 2016


Building an Author Platform

indieBRAG blog

January 15, 2016


Eleven Ways to Get Better Book Reviews for Your Novel

The Book Designer

September 2, 2015


Writers—Beware of Scams

The Story Reading Ape blog

July 29, 2014


Self-Published Authors Share Five Things They Learned in 2012

Live Write Thrive blog

February 18, 2013


Building Believable Relationships in Fiction

Gilda Evans blog

December, 2012


How to Develop Well-Rounded Believable Fictional Characters

Ezine Articles

November 30, 2012

Other Online Articles:

Crawford, Sara. Live Write Thrive (blog): What Does It Take to Be a Real Writer?


Donovan, Melissa. Writing Forward (blog): 42 Fiction Writing Tips for Novelists.


Goins, Jeff. Goins Writer (blog): The Best Books on Writing You’ll Ever Read.


Jenkins, Jerry. Jerry Jenkins (blog): Writing Tips 40 Experts Wish They’d Known as Beginners.


Johnson, Fred. ProWritingAid (blog): Advice from Kurt Vonnegut That Every Writer Needs to Read by.


Johnson, Steve. Publication Coach (blog): 9 Ways to Make Your Writing More Resilient.

McIntyre, Ericka (Editor-in-Chief). “5 Tips to Get More Creative + Free Download with 26 Tips on Writing Fiction.”  Writer’s Digest. (No date.)


Mikel, Betsy. “25 Ways to Tighten Up Your Writing.” Ragan. Dec. 30, 2014.


Sansevieri, Penny. Author Marketing Experts (blog): 14 Habits of Highly Successful Authors.


Vos, Lesley J. Bang to Write (blog): 10 Awesome Writing Tips from Robert McKee.


Writer’s Relief staff. “Tips for New Fiction Authors.” Huffington Post. June 27, 2012.


Online Classes:


Australian-based Open Colleges for online courses in writing, editing, and media-related training for aspiring authors, editors, and journalists.


List of universities offering free online courses.

Maryville University English Career Guide

Writer's Digest University for online classes and webinars.




Dillard, Annie. The Writing Life. HarperCollins, 2013.

Hacker, Diana, and Sommers, Nancy. Rules for Writers. Bedford/St. Martins, 2018.

Koontz, Dean R. How to Write Best Selling Fiction. Writer’s Digest Books, 1981.

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird. Anchor Books, 1995.

Strunk, William Jr., and White, E. B. The Elements of Style. Pearson (fourth edition), 2019.


The Chicago Manual of Style. University of Chicago Press (seventeenth edition), 2017.

Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language. Merriam-Webster, 1993.

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