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Are You Snobbish About Self-Publishing?

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Do you think all self-publishing is merely vanity projects? Are you worried anyone can slap a few words on a page and click on publish to become a published author? Do you also fear any self-publishing company will publish an e-book or spit out print books no matter the quality of writing?

When you meet an author, is your first question, "Who was your publisher?" And when they tell you they self-published, is your knee-jerk reaction their book wasn’t good enough to be picked up by even a mediocre publishing house?

One last chance to get 2017 prices on ProWritingAid Premium

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Our editing tool is now leaps and bounds better than anything else on the market, but we've kept our price far below everyone else in the industry. We still won't charge as much as our competitors, but our prices should reflect the quality of our product. We hope you understand.

Why 2018 is the Year for Writers

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In 2018, people will consume more content than ever before. Books in any form are the gateway to learning and knowledge. The most successful business men and women set aside time daily for reading both non-fiction and fiction.

To tap into the new wave of opportunities for writers in 2018, here are 4 trends to watch.

Ensure and Insure: Aren’t They Interchangeable?

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English users sometimes confuse insure with an "I" and ensure with an "E". Don’t they both mean to "make certain" or "make sure"?

The Essential Reading List: Sci-Fi

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We culled some of the biggest reader polls from Goodreads and National Public Radio’s Books. The following top 25 best Science Fiction books ever published were voted on by thousands of devoted science fiction readers.

Why Writers Must Use the Toilet Paper Test on Professional Content Topics

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Everyone has an opinion on the proper way toilet paper should unspool. But the chances of alienating or damaging the relationship with your readers over this subject is very low.

Choosing a topic with low-level controversy doesn’t mean something ridiculous or banal. It does mean choosing something with differing opinions that you can support with facts and/or experiences. Find a topic that is timely, interesting, and relevant to your audience without being offensive.

Oops! Did You Forget to Launch Your Book? 4 Marketing Steps to Take Right Now

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“Why isn’t anyone buying my book? Is it not good enough? Am I a terrible writer? "Should I give up forever?"

Of course not. It's just that you didn't launch your book. You didn't ceremoniously rocket it out into the world so that everyone noticed it.

It's not too late! Here's what you need to know:

How to Become a Better Copywriter

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Google “How to Become a Better Copywriter.” You’ll get about 512,000 responses ranging from “How to Become A Master Copywriter in Just One Year” to “How to Become a World-Class Copywriter in One Month of Less.” It seems everywhere you turn, someone has an opinion on how easy—or hard—becoming a better copywriter is.

Create Your Own ProWritingAid Report: The Combo Report

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Did you know that you can create your very own ProWritingAid report? The Combo Report lets you select a combination of reports so you can focus on areas you know are weaknesses. For example, a Combo Report could run checks on overused words, sentence length, writing style, and sticky sentences if those are areas you commonly need to address.

The beauty of the Combo Report is that you select what reports you want included. There are 27 options from which to choose.

Take a FREE copy of our newest ebook: "Turn Yourself into a Prosperous Copywriter"

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Turn Yourself into a Prosperous Copywriter is our way of tipping our hat to all those who earn a good living as a copywriter. Years of copywriting experience went into each chapter of this book. We hope you find nuggets of gold in these pages.

5 Best Alternatives to Acrolinx for your Content Optimization

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Acrolinx is an authoring and content optimization tool that combines terminology management, grammar checking and style checking. The key benefits of using an authoring system such as Acrolinx for your company are:Better customer experience of your contentFewer customer support calls Greater customer satisfactionLower costs for copyediting and translationFewer embarrassing errors in your documentationFaster time to market for your content

Where Has Your Day Gone? 7 Time Management Tools for Writers

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Freelance writing can be a bit of a roller coaster ride. There are times when the work and the deadlines are almost unmanageable. Then there are those slow times, when other work can be done – updating a website, writing more posts for a personal blog, revising social media profiles, bookkeeping, etc.

7 Things to Master When Switching from Journalism to Content Marketing Writing

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While journalism is collapsing, content marketing is thriving. If you already have strong writing and other journalistic skills, like writing accurately and objectively with the inverted pyramid structure, reporting, verifying, and interviewing, you definitely can master content marketing. The storytelling and the objective parts between journalism and content marketing writing are similar and, quite often, you'd need to interview sources as well.

How NOT to Negotiate Your Rate – An Ultimate Guide to Getting Paid Well

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Negotiating with new clients is always challenging, even more so when you’re just about to close a deal with only one discussion point left: your rate. We get it; naming your price can be tricky business and not many people know how to effectively negotiate.

A Copywriter's Guide To 3 Profitable Content Side Hustles

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As a writer, earning a sustainable income as a copywriter is the dream.

Link Building with Like-Minded Bloggers

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When you do it the right way, link building is one of the best ways to boost your following.

If search engine algorithms notice more and more links going back to your web page, your web page will start to take priority on relevant searches. And if your links are attached to engaging, helpful content, you’ll intrigue human audiences as well. When you create backlinks by engaging with like-minded bloggers, however, you’re doing more than simply putting your webpage out there.

The Essential Reading List: Historical Fiction

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If you are anything like us, your favorite way to learn about history is by immersing yourself in a fictional world shaped by actual events. For this list, we specifically chose works covering events or time periods over 30 years before the time of writing.

Style Guide: Why You Need One & How to Create It

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Every brand needs content, lots of it. When you have several cooks in the kitchen, resulting meals can look and taste quite different from each other. For your brand’s reputation and image, you need to make sure all written communications follow your style guide.

Belief, Emotional Involvement, Clarity: What Every Character Needs

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We’re continuing our monthly instalment series on creating amazing characters using Orson Scott Card’s seminal book, Elements of Fiction Writing: Characters & Viewpoint. This month, we cover the three elements every characters needs and why you must deliver.

The Perfect Grammar Cheat Sheet [infographic]

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This infographic provides a compact visual guide to common mistakes that writers make. Banish these grammar errors for tighter, clearer writing.