Writing Tip & Prompt: Careful Revisions

Writing Tip & PromptOn Fridays, we like to share writing tips and tricks with our readers. We hope this section will encourage and inspire you to continually improve as a writer.

Writing Tip – Careful Revisions

The excitement of finishing your manuscript can lead to a hasty proofreading session. If you are the one editing your work, you need to give it time to breathe before editing. This means putting your work to the side for a few days so that you edit it with fresh eyes. Sometimes, after working on a manuscript for a period of time, your eyes can become blind to simple mistakes such as repeated words or the use of the wrong homophone. Having another writer, or even a friend, edit your work is always a good option to consider. They are looking at your manuscript with fresh eyes and are more likely to notice mistakes that your eyes might gloss over.

Writing Prompt – Everyone has a Story

Underneath even an uneventful life are details that strike the core of humanity —layers of lessons unearthed and shared from people to people. Have you written your story? Still think there isn’t a story to be told? Okay, come up with 10 good reasons you should write your life’s story, and 10 good reasons why you shouldn’t. You just might discover that you have more to reasons you should then you first thought. Would you make your life story a memoir, or a fiction novel based on your life?

Writing Tip & Prompt: Foreword vs. Forward

Writing Tip & PromptOn Fridays, we like to share writing tips and tricks with our readers. We hope this section will encourage and inspire you to continually improve as a writer.

Writing Tip – Foreword vs. Forward

Avoid the common mistake that an unknowing author could make in their self-published book by confusing the two words “forward” and “foreword.” When labeling the section of introductory text in beginning of your book, it’s spelled “foreword.”

Writing Prompt – Mysterious Package

The arrival of a package possesses mystery and feelings of excitement or apprehension. Where did it come from? Who brought it and what is it? It could mean something is changing, something has happened or will happen. Imagine a scenario when a package arrives. Maybe you’re at home, not expecting company when you hear a loud knock on the door. Peeking through the window, there’s a package …




Judging Books By Their Covers

Juding Books By Their CoversBook covers matter. Every potential reader forms their opinion of a book based in part on their impression of the book’s cover. That opinion helps them answer the following questions:

Is the author credible?
Is the book high quality or low budget?
Was the book professionally produced or created by amateurs?
Does the value of the book justify the price?
Should I buy this book?

In my various roles at Thomas Nelson over the past 20+ years, I have seen thousands of book covers. As an author, one of your responsibilities is to make sure you avoid making common errors such as neglecting to communicate important information that readers hope to obtain from the cover.

5 things a potential reader is looking to decipher from your book’s cover:


Writing Tip & Prompt: Your Favorite Scene

Writing Tip & PromptOn Fridays, we like to share writing tips and tricks with our readers. We hope this section will encourage and inspire you to continually improve as a writer.

Writing Tip – Your Favorite Scene

When developing a story, there is usually a line or scene that particularly strikes you. Develop this element first. Trying to write toward this exciting tidbit may only bore you and burn unnecessary fuel. Set aside time to thoroughly look at the most encouraging sentence and element. Until this element runs its course and you understand its place within the whole of your work, it will surely bother you as you’re writing other sections.

Writing Prompt – Father’s Day

Father, Dad, Daddy, Pops, Old Man – just a few of the names we might call our dads. Our dads are a compilation of our best friend, our hero, Mr. Fix-it and of course, our dad. This Sunday is Father’s Day, and what better way to celebrate your dad than by using your gift as a writer. Think back to your favorite memory of your father. Was it building a sandcastle with him on vacation? Or maybe playing ball with him in your yard? Whatever the memory, write a short story about it, include as many details as you remember. Let your dad understand how important that memory is to you through your writing.

Tick Tock, How Do You Fit Writing and Marketing on the Clock?

J.V. CarrWestBow Press author, J.V. Carr, knows a thing or two about a busy schedule. She juggles raising children and maintaining a household on top of sharing her book’s message. Learn more about how she finds time for her time-consuming responsibilities.


Do you have busy days? A crazy work schedule? A busy house that steals your time? If so, how do you find the time to write, promote your book and keep up with your online presence on social media?

It may seem like a daunting and overwhelming task to juggle your life and writing, too. And believe me, I haven’t perfected this yet, but I am peacefully striving toward the writing and marketing goals I have set for myself. I say peacefully because at first I felt panicked to promote my newly published novel, Username: Bladen. I stayed up too late reading, writing, setting up and maintaining my social media accounts. Eventually I ended up too tired to continue. (more…)

Writing Tip & Prompt: Recognize Your Story’s Roots

Writing Tip & PromptOn Fridays, we like to share writing tips and tricks with our readers. We hope this section will encourage and inspire you to continually improve as a writer.

Writing Tip – Recognize Your Story’s Roots

Underneath all of the ideas and storytelling is the single purpose for sharing your story. Understanding the foundation and underlining meaning offers a direction to your writing and a deeper emotional connection with your readers.  Are your readers able to understand your story’s roots from your writing? If not, edit your story or add to it so that readers can better connect with your story.

Writing Prompt – Dreams

Dreams are our subconscious imagination working overboard — mindful stories combining current emotions, recent thoughts, and hopeful desires. Think of your latest dream. What was your subconscious trying to tell you? Write out the details you can remember and then finish the story.

AARP Life@50+ Book Gallery

AARP Life@50+ Book GalleryThis past weekend, WestBow Press was happy to be a part of Author Solutions, Inc.’s book gallery at the AARP Life@50+ Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. AARP is an organization that dedicates itself to helping seniors achieve their dreams – a natural match for WestBow Press. Just like AARP is proud of what they do to help people reach their goals, we are proud of what we do to help writers reach their self-publishing goals.

Events such as the Life@50+ Convention give us the chance to reach out to writers who want to become published authors. They also provide an opportunity for WestBow Press authors to make their book available to new readers. This year, there were approximately 11,000 attendees at this year’s event, and 22 WestBow Press titles were on display for them to see.

In addition to the great opportunities that WestBow Press had at the event, AARP provided seemingly endless resources for attendees, as well as entertainment. There were games, giveaways, lectures, movies, and concerts that appealed to a wide array of people – especially to the seniors at the event. Some of the main attractions were a class that discussed using popular technologies, a screening of Jerry Lewis’ new movie, Max Rose, with a Q&A session to follow, and concerts from The Temptations and The Four Tops. Celebrity authors were also in attendance to talk about their books, including Candace Bushnell, Marie Osmond and Bob Newhart.

The lively backdrop of Las Vegas set a great tone for a fun, exciting weekend. It was the type of experience that invigorates people to live life to the fullest and dedicate themselves to their goals and passions. We were proud to feature our authors and their titles, and were very happy to have a successful event.


WestBow Press offers a variety of book galleries and signings to help our authors share their book with as many people as possible. Which event on our list will you be attending?

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