What is Steampunk? That's something you might need to know as either an author or a reader, so - if you don't already know the answer - you may like to read the post regardless of which you are.
If you're a writer, here's an interesting post you may like to read about five things learned by one author in the age of the typewriter, which still apply today.
Do you write short stories? If not, here are some reasons why you should write short stories, or at least consider doing so. Also, here are some more reasons why novelists should write short stories, in case you haven't considered these benifits.
If you decide you do want to write short stories - or are already doing so - here's a post you may like to read that discusses the five elements of a short story, and another with some tips in it on how to fully develop characters in short stories. In fact, Rachel has a whole bunch of posts about writing short stories, so you should just go check them all out.
Regardless of the length of your story though, let's start a new story! These tips on getting your worldbuilding from imagination to reality are useful ones to help you get started. Oh, and remember to bear these tips on writing villain friendships in mind while you write, because even the bad guys need a friend sometimes.
However, if you feel you're more of a poet at heart, here's how to begin to write poetry, and some advice on how to write a Senryu poem in English.
No matter the kind of thing you write though, here are five tips to market your self-published book in a cost-effective manner, as well as some social media productivity tips for authors, and some ideas on how to promote your book before and during its launch.
By the way, here's a list of the top 25 grammatical terms you should know.
Finally, if you publish via Smashwords, and haven't heard yet, you might be interested to learn that they've introduced global pricing control. It's not something I'm going to worry about messing about with; I'm happy to leave it set prices based on the currency conversion like it's been doing. But it's potentially useful for those who want to be in more control of the prices of their eBooks in all countries, either just because they feel it's best for them to do so, or to take advantage of being able to adjust prices to make them look more appealing for marketing reasons.