Welcome to Wriye.com! We set this site up because we know how much authors need consistent motivation and accountability. So we’re building a 52-week email course that will be totally free, to keep you focused and on task, while also introducing you to all the tools and resources you need to be a successful author. We’ve done all the research and testing for you and have helped hundreds of authors publish high quality books, quickly and on a budget. We’ll teach you how to prepare your manuscript for Createspace or Kindle Direct Publishing. If you need extra help with your book…

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If writers waited for inspiration to strike, we would never get anything done! The romantic notion of a writer as being a creative artist who only works when his muse is singing sweet songs in his ear is all well and good. However, we’ve got bills to pay! A lot of the secret to success as a writer is simply being able to grind out the word count even when it feels like torture. That might not be romantic, but it sure is true. However, sometimes when we’re low on inspiration, we need a little helping hand to get the creativity…

If you’ve been writing and self-publishing for any length of time at all, you’re sure to know about the massive array of products and services vying for your attention as well as your wallet. It can be tiring to face the bombardment of promotional emails and ads trying to sell you the latest shiny object in the world of writing. This promotional onslaught can cause some writers to shut down and reject each and every tool out of hand as a scam or something not needed. While understandable, this is mistaken. Amidst the noise, there exists a range of tools…

If you struggle to find time to learn new information about writing, you should try a podcast. Unlike books or video courses, podcasts are a fantastic way to learn while on the move. You can make the most of a mundane situation like commuting to work or exercising at the gym. Podcasts can help make everyday moments valuable stepping stones on your journey towards writing success. There are a wealth of writing podcasts available with something to suit almost every taste and interest. As a starting point, I’ll share three excellent podcasts for writers and advice taken from them. You…

Self-Publishing is incredibly tough in so many ways. After all, how could juggling creative writing along with marketing and running a small business ever be easy? Not to mention finding time and energy alongside everything else going on in life. Even though self-publishing is always going to be challenging, a lot of writers make it even harder than it needs to be. Have you ever noticed someone doing things in a way which hurts rather than helps them? Have you found yourself working in a less than optimum way out of ignorance or the habit of familiarity? Given that the…

This site is one of about a dozen writing and publishing related sites I’m not using much, so I’m posting an update on some of the things I’ve been working on to help indie and self-publishing authors sell more books. My book design templates and book formatting resources remain popular, but increasingly I’ve been focused on what comes after book design. Namely, how do you keep a book selling long term, without spending so much time and money on promoting it that you don’t have time to keep writing. Those are problems with I’ve wrestled with first hand this year as I…

If you thought that it only takes a writer and a publishing house to get a book on the store shelves, then you are terribly wrong. There is another important person, called an editor, who refined and polishes the text and directs the focus of the story along with a certain course. An editor cuts what is not necessary to the story, enhances the critical points and draws attention to where the reader should focus. After the editor’s job is done, the book or article will be clean, strong, appealing and professional. Why is an editor so important, you might…

In 2015 I mostly helped indie authors publish and market their books – but in 2016 I want to focus on writing my own. I’m doing a big launch for Shearwater, the first segment of a YA mermaid romance novel and I’ve been doing everything I can to launch with a bang. I talk a lot about book marketing on my main site, www.creativindie.com, like how I built a list of 8500+ YA readers in 2 weeks with book giveaways. It’s fun to try new things that other authors aren’t doing yet, but it remains to be seen whether my books…

I started an editing company when I was working on my MA in Literature. Then I started another one when I began my PhD. I’m pretty awesome at editing books, but up until recently I hadn’t written my own fiction. Now that I’m almost done with my first book, I’ve learned a few things about the writing process. But the biggest thing I learned, is that most authors are telling stories that don’t matter. Most authors approach writing like a sandbox. They see a nice castle and they try to reconstruct if from memory, or by looking at it, with…

Writing is a tool of communication in which we express ourselves through carefully chosen words and genres – with conventions that we follow (or break – depending on where you stand) – to get across whatever message we want to get across. It is also, as a tool, more efficient in terms of how we can structure our messages – one can see how evident we develop our arguments through writing, how deep we can bring it, how effectively we can express ourselves. It’s different from speech because speech is spontaneous, prone to fillers, and to slips of the tongue.…

It goes without saying, but a lot of times, things don’t really go as planned. This extends outside of the writing scenarios that we have often used as frames for our posts, and definitely into life, in general. From plans being rescheduled at the very last minute, to traffic jams becoming problematic because you have a lot of things to do and you’ve already mapped them out, except you’re being held up, to so, so many other things that we can easily get stressed over. In a day and age where everything moves fast, and everyone demands so many things…