Practice Specific Skills to Become a Better Writer

Published by on July 28, 2016 8:30 am

If you’ve been told that the only way to improve your writing skills is to keep writing, you’re only hearing part of the truth. If all you’re doing is continuing to write, there’s a good chance that you’re also continuing to make the same writing mistakes over and over. To improve your writing skills, it’s necessary to take a more purposeful approach to your writing and home in on the areas that need improvement.
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Write What You Love Instead of What’s Popular

Published by on July 21, 2016 8:30 am

One of our favorite pieces of advice to new book authors is to write what you love. There’s always going to be that temptation to write a book that fits into a “hot” genre, but if you’re writing the book to impress others or to sell a lot of copies, it’s going to backfire because your heart probably isn’t in it. Besides, what’s popular is always shifting. If you start to write a novel that fits into a popular genre today, it’s possible that genre will have lost its luster by the time you finish the writing, editing, and publishing process. Instead, write what you love. Here’s why:
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Don’t Let These Things Slow Your Writing Process

Published by on July 8, 2016 8:30 am

Writing a book is no easy task. There’s so much to think about when you first start writing. At times, it can feel overwhelming, which is why our advice is to start with a free write and get as many thoughts down as possible in the early stages. Spending time worrying about the “little stuff” is only going to slow down the process. Here are 4 examples of things that don’t need attention right away:
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Interesting Approaches to the Character Building Process

Published by on June 30, 2016 8:30 am

Character building, or character development, is an important component of any story. However, for an author to create well-developed characters, they must first get to know their characters outside of the story. In some cases, character development can drive the story if the author really isn’t sure what the story is. If the characters are created first and the author really gets to know who they are, the story may come to fruition after that.
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5 Famous Authors Who Had to Crawl Before They Could Fly

Published by on June 22, 2016 8:30 am

While there are few “overnight success” stories in book publishing, many of today’s famous authors fought long and hard to get to where they are. They faced rejection and other hardships on their journey. If you’re currently struggling through your writing project or feeling frustrated by the process, read on for these 5 famous authors’ inspirational stories:
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AtlasBooks signs two children’s publishers for distribution

Published by on June 8, 2016 1:00 am

AtlasBooks, the distribution division of Bookmasters, has signed new sales and distribution agreements with two children’s publishers: A-Ba-Ba HaUs and Jump Press.

A-Ba-Ba HaUs is the U.S. branch of A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA Publishers, founded in 1992 by renowned poet Ivan Malkovych as the first privately-owned children’s publishing house in the independent Ukraine.

Today, A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA is one of the most esteemed producers of children’s literature in Central and Eastern Europe. Their partnership with AtlasBooks makes their titles available for the first time in the U.S. and Canada.

Titles from A-Ba-Ba-HaUs feature visually-stunning works from award-winning and globally-renowned Ukrainian artists such as Vladyslav Yerko, Natalia Kolpakova, and Zhenia Gapchinska.

Of Vladyslav Yerko’s work on the U.S. release of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic The Snow Queen (ISBN 9780996560634, cover, interiors), the author of international bestseller, The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho, said: “It is the most amazing children’s book that I have ever seen in my life.”

Other titles now available in the U.S. and Canada from A-Ba-Ba-HaUs include:

Jump Press was founded in 2015 by author-illustrator and designer Emily Sper of Newton, Massachusetts.

Two new titles from Jump Press will be available through AtlasBooks in the U.S., Canada, and the UK:

  • What on Earth Can We Do? (ISBN 9780975490273, July 2016, cover, interiors), a fun and informative book that, through easy-to-understand language and colorful graphics, introduces children to ways they can make the Earth healthier, such as making less garbage and planting trees
  • Follow the Yarn (ISBN 9780975490280, September 2016, cover, interiors), a delightful introduction to colors for toddlers that follows a kitten through the pages as he plays with one colorful ball of yarn after another

Sper’s previous titles with other publishers include the best-selling Hanukkah: A Counting Book and the award-winning The Passover Seder. Sper previously worked as a book designer for Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, and Scholastic, both on-staff and freelance.

“A-Ba-Ba-HaUs and Jump Press are two meaningful and exciting additions to AtlasBooks’ growing children’s line,” said Jon Ackerman, senior vice president of sales at Bookmasters.

“These publishers’ respective picture books and board books complement our extensive list of children’s puzzle books, science activity books, and drawing instruction books, as well as our picture book originals and classic re-issues from best-selling children’s book illustrators such as Dahlov Ipcar and Barbara Cooney.”

Bookmasters, based in Ashland, Ohio, is one of the largest providers of integrated publisher services in the U.S. For more than 40 years, Bookmasters has offered services to publishers and authors such as printing, print book warehousing and distribution, eBook conversion and distribution, editorial, and design. To learn more, visit

Ways to Mentor Young (or New) Writers

Published by on May 25, 2016 8:30 am

As a seasoned professional, you understand that writing can be rewarding. However, it can also be challenging, so it’s nice to have a support system. When you first got your start, did you have a writing mentor? Have you ever considered becoming one yourself? Being a mentor to a less experienced writer is a great way to “pay it forward” and give them the confidence boost and encouragement they need to keep going.
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