This month, fall in love with writing again

Learn more about TimIt’s time to light that spark again…your love for writing!

Even though you know you can write a novel, something might be holding you back.

Maybe you’ve started, but things just aren’t clicking into place.

Maybe you tried buckling down but you had trouble focusing…

…or you’re not sure how to fit your ideas together and organize them into a story…

…or you don’t feel confident enough in your writing skills.

Have these doubts been holding you back for too long?

Don’t worry, this happens to the best of us. Having doubts is perfectly normal, but they don’t have to prevent you from starting (or finishing!) that novel.

Here’s your chance to conquer them once and for all!

The Novel Writer Boot Camp is a powerful way to wipe out any doubt or fear and just get it done.

Go from “I want to write a novel” to “Woo-hoo! I just finished writing a novel!”

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In the Novel Writer Boot Camp, you’ll work one-on-one with a professional editor who knows exactly what makes a good novel.

Your editor is also a writing coach who knows how to inspire you to action, day in and day out.

The Boot Camp challenges you to break out of your comfort zone, pushes you to achieve your goals, and rewards you for your efforts.

Enroll for one month, 3 months, or more…your choice!

Alicia Dean, editor & writing coachDuring this flexible, self-paced writing adventure, you’ll get expert guidance—and motivation—from editor and writing coach Alicia Dean, who will help you create and fine tune the incredible novel you’ve always wanted to write.

Best of all, you can work from home, or wherever you happen to be.

Alicia will guide you through all the tricky—but crucial—areas of writing a novel:

  • Character development
  • Dialogue
  • Plot pacing
  • Story arc & structure
  • Grammar

…along with any other aspects of your novel you’d like to focus on.

This is your dream we’re talking about

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You love to write, you’ve got some good ideas, and you’re certain you can turn them into an excellent novel.

The best feeling in the world is when all the pieces start to fall perfectly into place, and you can feel your story taking shape.

So here’s your chance to fall in love with writing again!

The Novel Writer Boot Camp is a jump start and a huge boost for your most ambitious writing goal: finishing your novel.

Just think…

It won’t be long before you’re putting the finishing touches on your very first novel, getting ready to show it off to family and friends!

It’s still early in the year, so now is the perfect time to start. Learn more & reserve your spot now!

How to self-publish a beautiful book on Amazon! Step 1

Learn more about TimWelcome to my 7-part series on how to self-publish your book to Amazon!

I’m Timothy Pike, founder of the writing community ChapterBuzz, and I’ve created this series to help you publish a top-notch book.

At the end of this article, you’ll find your Quick-Action Steps. These are easy steps you can take right now, today to move forward.

Step 1: It’s time for editing

Of course you plan to revise your story, probably many times. If you’re like most writers, you’ll go over it and over it, hoping to get it perfect.

But what ends up happening is not what you might expect: the more you go through your manuscript, the more familiar you get with it, and the less you notice the mistakes. The typos and awkwardly worded sentences simply fade into the background after a while.

That’s why working with a professional editor can take your novel from good to great.

A freelance editor is an expert not just at spotting minor errors or bigger problems with your work, but also telling you exactly how to fix them. A good editor will be patient and explain his or her thought process, which means you get to learn a lot in the process.

I’ll be blunt: it would be a huge mistake to self-publish a book without having it edited. But far too many self-publishing authors do this anyway, and soon find themselves wondering why their books aren’t selling.

It’s a mistake you can’t afford to make.

When your reputation is at stake, a second, trained pair of eyes is an absolute must.

Even all the big names (Stephen King, Dan Brown, J.K. Rowling, for example) have editors—sometimes entire teams—that get their novels ready for publication. Editors at publishing houses can be ruthless, though. They’ll slice, dice, chop, and puree: This chapter doesn’t work. Get rid of this character. Your story needs a different ending.

What’s great about self-publishing, on the other hand, is that you’re the one in charge, and you always keep creative control over your work. Think Chapter 4 should stay? Chapter 4 stays.

An experienced editor knows grammar inside and out, and can easily spot errors at the sentence level.

But early on, you might also benefit from a different type of editing—one that focuses more on the “big picture.”

So what are the different types of editing? These are the most common:

Developmental editing. Need help with your plot, the structure of your story, or character development? This “big picture” service will help you organize your novel and tie it all together nicely. It is quite time consuming, therefore requires the highest investment. Cost: 3.5¢–10¢ per word

Substantive editing (also called content or line editing). Okay, you have a story written. But you know it’s not perfect—the narrative could flow better, some paragraphs could be rearranged, sentences rewritten, or it may need that little extra…something? Hire a substantive editor to help with this. Still time-consuming, but cheaper than developmental editing. Cost: 2.5¢–8¢ per word

Copy editing. Let’s drill down to the sentence level. Do the words flow? Do the sentences have rhythm? Any grammar or punctuation issues? A good copy editor will also keep a keen eye out for dangling modifiers. It’s like a car wash for your writing. Cost: 1¢–5¢ per word

Proofreading. All the major work’s been done, so now let’s sweep up and mop the floor, leaving it sparkling clean. Any remaining (minor) issues such as misspellings, extra or missing words, punctuation errors or anything else that shouldn’t be there are wiped away, and you’re left with the final text for your book. A proofreading pass takes the least time, therefore costs the least. Cost: less than 1¢–3¢ per word

Whether this is your first published book or your tenth, you want it done right, and editing goes a long way toward a finished, gorgeous book that keeps your readers turning pages.

Your Quick-Action Steps for today:

  1. From the types of editing I talked about, decide which one is right for you
  2. Contact an editor today. These editors will be happy to help!


Want it all done for you? My “Complete Amazon Author” publishing package comes with everything you need (including copy editing and proofreading), giving you a beautiful published book on sale at Amazon and the Barnes & Noble website, both in paperback and for Kindle.

I take care of all the details, leaving the fun part to you: giving your creative input wherever needed!

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Book lovers, join us for this “all-you-can-read buffet”

Photo of a person browsing through a book at a bookstoreBook lovers, eat your heart out.

This September, you’re cordially invited to attend our September Book Reading Party at ChapterBuzz, where you’ll be able to read all of the books entered into our first-ever Book of the Year Competition, and help us choose a winner!

It runs all month long, so you can read at your leisure. After all, isn’t that what reading is all about?

ChapterBuzz is our community of authors who are steadily building their readerships, and readers who want to discover new authors and enjoy their stories.

This September, our talented writers are making their books available for you to read, for free. The Reading Party is also an open invitation to show support for your favorite author by purchasing a copy of his or her book on Amazon (or even a handful of copies—it’ll be holiday gift-giving time, after all!)

Your role this September is vital: read our books, “Buzz” our chapters, and share our work with your friends. By doing this, you’ll be helping us choose the first-ever Book of the Year.

RSVP now for our September Book Reading Party!

RSVP here:

Say goodbye to Writer’s Market…and hello to your dream!

Learn more about TimWhat’s great about self-publishing is that nowadays, you can write a novel and it can be on a reader’s Kindle within days—instead of the years it might have taken to hit bookstores a couple of decades ago.

Back in the day, you see, it wasn’t enough to write a great novel.

First you had to go out and buy the latest copy of Writer’s Market—that overgrown tome of publishing contacts that made War and Peace look like a theater pamphlet—haul it home on the back of a flatbed truck, and then take great care about where you set it down because it could collapse your kitchen table.

Then, after you pored over hundreds of listings, you had to draft query letters for every single agent or publisher you planned to submit your novel to. And then wait weeks or even months before hearing back. If you did at all.

To make matters worse, rejection letters were seen as badges of honor—I mean, it seemed you weren’t worth your salt if you didn’t have dozens of them piled up on your writing desk.

And if you were fortunate enough to secure an agent, and that agent was then able to sell your manuscript to a publisher, it could be a year or two before you’d see it on shelves.

Thankfully, times have changed.

Today, all you need to do is focus on writing a good story. Once your story has a tight plot with believable characters, and a brisk pace that keeps readers turning the pages, you’re just about there.

At that point, a good editing run-through will clean up any grammar mistakes or typos—and your masterpiece is ready to be published.

To help you with this, check out the 3-Month Novel Writer Boot Camp. For the next 3 months, you’ll get professional guidance and feedback from an experienced editor and writing coach who will help you set up deadlines and motivate you to keep them.

Since the Boot Camp is offered through ChapterBuzz, you can also create your own Feedback Circle to discuss your work with other writers in our community.

The people you meet along the way could turn into professional contacts or even personal friends, which means you have a lot to gain.

Now’s the time to start! New year, new you, am I right?

This is your dream, to write a novel. Every minute of your time spent pursuing this dream is for the greater good—the life you’ve dreamed of—and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

As long as you make writing your priority this year, grab every chance you get to learn more about your craft, and stop at nothing to finish the first draft of your novel, failure is impossible.

Start writing today, and say hello to your published dream novel!

Learn more about TimTimothy Pike is an editor and self-publishing specialist who loves helping writers get their books into print. He is the creator of the writing community ChapterBuzz, and has recently teamed up with editor and writing coach Alicia Dean to offer the 3-Month Novel Writer Boot Camp.

Have you started writing your novel yet? Your dream awaits

Photo of a woman sitting at a table outdoors, writing with a penThis fall, someone’s novel is going to win the 2020 Book of the Year Award at ChapterBuzz, and it might just be yours!

This is your chance to get expert reviews for your book…

…gain new readers…

…and compete for the biggest award we’ve ever given!

Enter your book today and take a step closer to the writing career you’ve always dreamed of.

Your novel could be our big winner! It’s the Book of the Year Award 2020

Learn more about TimHow’s your novel coming along? Or have you already published it?

Either way, this is exciting: your book could win the 2020 Book of the Year Award at ChapterBuzz!

This year, get your name and writing in front of thousands of readers, get expert reviews for your book, and take home the biggest (and most distinguished) award we’ve ever given: Book of the Year.

And of course, give your author career a huge jump start!

As our big winner, you’ll receive a prize package worth over $700:

  • Your smiling face on the cover of our own Books & Buzz Magazine
  • A feature e-zine article about you
  • Promotion for your book in the #1 spot in our Holiday Book-Giving Guide later this year
  • 5,000 ChapterBucks (credits that can be used to help publish your next book)
  • A free, Platinum VIP–level membership to ChapterBuzz for an entire year

Get all the details here. It’s free to enter!

Be sure to spread the word with the “Share this” buttons below, and good luck to you!

Happy writing, reading…& winning,

As the ’20s come roaring in, our literary community is abuzz

Books & Buzz Magazine, December 2019, Volume 2 Issue 4

This is an excerpt from the latest issue of Books & Buzz Magazine:

A Letter from the Editor
by Timothy Pike

It’s a fact: the next decade holds great promise for the world of books.

Self-publishing—already a respectable means of getting a book into print—will become even more mainstream, and another generation of authors will discover the benefits of publishing novels on their own terms: no rejection letters, more creative control, and higher royalties, among many others.

Our writing community, ChapterBuzz, will continue to showcase the best of these books and make it easy for readers to find treasure in our ever-growing trove of delightful new tales.

As the new year charges in, I’m especially excited for those authors who have taken a bold step in the direction of their dreams by signing up for the Novel Writer Boot Camp. I’ve teamed up with editor and writing coach Alicia Dean to offer the Boot Camp, which puts affordable, one-on-one guidance and many other powerful tools for success at your fingertips. We’d love to welcome you to Boot Camp!

It’s Alicia, in fact, who’s featured on the cover this month, and in her interview article, she talks about how she met one of her most important contacts while pursuing publication, why she loves her work so much, and the fun fact that seems to surprise everybody: that one time she served in the military.

Also in this issue:

Award-winning, Tier V Rising Star Author Shirley Holder Platt, like many of us, is ready to welcome 2020 with open arms. She’s found that the key to making progress in your writing lies in forming good writing habits (“Don’t try to do it all starting January 1st,” she cautions, however). In this issue, Shirley shares her top 5 tips on how to to write more in the coming year.

Next, from whose perspective should your story be told? Editor Jennifer Silva Redmond offers some advice—and dispels some myths—about which point-of-view (or “POV”) is best for your novel. If you think back to your high school literature classes, you might remember terms like “omniscient” and “third person.” Does using the omniscient POV help your readers or distract them? Can you change POV? If so, how often? Here’s everything you need to know.

Finally, from Cynthia A. Jensen, a Tier II Rising Star Author at ChapterBuzz, comes a short story about a deer who finds himself interacting with humans, told from the deer’s point of view. In just a handful of paragraphs, the story contemplates humankind’s relationship with animals, the value of bravery, and the very nature of good and evil. It’s a beautiful piece, but a word of warning: it may leave you with more questions than answers.

As you hang the streamers, pop a bottle of your best champagne, and start counting down the seconds until 2020, I hope you can find some time in the midst of all the excitement to enjoy this month’s issue of Books & Buzz Magazine.

Happy reading,

Timothy Pike
Editor-in-chief, Books & Buzz Magazine