Author: Melissa Breau

  • How You Can Maximize Your eBook Sales Today

    By Melissa Breau on June 17, 2013
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    There is one thing almost every author overlooks when self publishing—and it may surprise you. Sure, there's lots of talk about the importance of professional editing. Even I've written about it. And everyone knows it's important to have test readers or a writing group who critique your novel. But I'm going to let you in on a secret: writing a […]
  • 4 Types of Editing & How To Choose Which Your Book Needs

    By Melissa Breau on June 10, 2013
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    Note: Melissa no longer offers these services. This post remains as archived content for your reference. One of the most common questions I get as an editor is about what different types of editing there are and what each one entails. New clients aren't always sure what level of editing they need and don't know how to make that decision. Before […]
  • A Proofreading Checklist: What to look for before calling it done

    By Melissa Breau on April 16, 2013
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    Before hitting "send" when sending out a new piece or before hitting "publish" on a new blog post, it pays to proofread your piece. Here are some quick things to check when proofreading your own copy. Homophones Perhaps one of the most common mistakes when when writing is misusing homophones–words that sound alike but are spelled differently. Spell check won't […]
  • Show Don’t Tell — An Example Done Right

    By Melissa Breau on April 2, 2013
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    You may have had college professors preach to you to "show, don't tell." The ironic thing about that statement is that it contradicts itself. Take the video I've embedded below, for instance. In the video, a blind homeless man is begging for change. A young woman comes by and changes what he has written on his sign–and in response, many […]
  • How to Market A Book in 3 Minutes Or Less

    By Melissa Breau on January 31, 2013
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    Most authors who choose to self-publish know they've got a rough road ahead. Once they finish writing they'll need to get their book formatted (or learn how to do it themselves), have a cover designed, and market, market, market. But for the uninitiated, learning how to market a book is hard. And most authors would much rather be writing.  Derek Halpern […]
  • Why the Plan to Make Nook Profitable Is Set to Fail

    By Melissa Breau on December 3, 2012
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    Digital Book World recently reported Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch's plan to help make the nook profitable. The device is not currently performing as well as B&N had hoped—although the company reportedly sold twice the number of devices this black Friday versus last. Lynch is quoted as saying that the "key" to Nook business is to continue to grow […]
  • Why Authors Shouldn’t Try to Think Outside the Box

    By Melissa Breau on November 21, 2012
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    Creativity is defined as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc. We often hear this concept expressed as "thinking outside the box." Authors, perhaps even more than other creative groups, feel the stress to be "truly creative." To avoid cliches. To add stunning plot twists. […]
  • How to Publish Your Book: The Options Authors Have Today

    By Melissa Breau on October 30, 2012
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    So perhaps you've done the hard part already and written a book. Or maybe you're just doing some research because you're thinking about writing a book. Either way, you should know that the publishing landscape today looks vastly different than it did a mere 15 years ago. Heck, it looks vastly different than it did 2 years ago. Authors today have […]
  • Creating Characters from Scratch

    By Melissa Breau on October 11, 2012
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    This year I'm participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time. For those of you not familiar with the acronym, it stands for National Novel Writing Month and it's organized by the Office of Letters and Light. Participants begin writing on November 1st, and the goal is to write a 50,000-word  novel by midnight on November 30th. As I said, this is my […]
  • The Secret of Storytelling — From One of Pixar’s’ Masters

    By Melissa Breau on October 2, 2012
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    I don't normally write posts this long—but this time I couldn't resist. Andrew Stanton's TED talk was something every author—every storyteller—should listen to.  Andrew Stanton starts off his TED Talk with a joke. "A tourist is backpacking through the highlands of Scotland and he stops at a pub for a drink. The only people in there are the bartender and […]