Writer Wednesday: Defining Platform & Brand

There are quite a few abbreviations and terms tossed around in the publishing business, including ARC (advanced reader copy), A/W (artwork), and “Comp” (which just means layout). I’m sure you’ve also heard or read about an author’s “platform” and “brand”–important for both traditionally and independently published writers. At first, the terms might seem as confusing or …

Writing Wednesday: One Million Words

One of my favorite books about writing craft contains a quote that really resonates with me. In On Writing, Stephen King offers this sage advice to budding authors: “The first million words are practice.” That sentence is powerful enough to make anyone stop and re-think his career. Those six words might have a person doubt her own …