Author Resources

Guide to publishing

Getting Started

Here are some tips to help you get the story in your head to print. Let us help you take the first step in becoming a published author.

Go from Idea to Manuscript

Use the lessons learned during National Novel Writing Month to inspire your writing.

How to Use Research to Craft a Better Book

Know your topic, find your audience and inspire yourself with thorough research.

Outlining and Drafting Your Story

Creating an outline of your story can keep you focused and on track to complete your manuscript.

The First Step is Often the Hardest

Taking the first step to commit to tell their story is often the largest obstacle facing writers.

Write a Great First Draft

The first draft can be the most difficult, but you must get over the hump before you can see your voice in print.

5 Tips to Help You Get Your Manuscript Finished

Here are five surefire tips to help you complete your book. Put them into practice and you will be holding your first book signing before you know it.

Creating Realistic and Memorable Characters

Creating or conveying fictional or real characters is a challenge, one that takes time and effort.

The 5-Step Writing Process: From Brainstorming to Publishing

Every writer follows his or her own writing process. Often the process is a routine that comes naturally and is not a step-by-step guide writers constantly refer to. Being conscious of your own writing process is especially helpful when you find yourself struggling with a particularly tricky piece. Here are 5 steps towards creating or identifying your personal writing process.