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Winterwolf Press Teams up with Ascension Academy!

Winterwolf Press Teams up with Ascension Academy!

The Reason The staff members of Winterwolf Press and Shadow Wolf Press have been working tirelessly to help authors write their books, prepare their books for print, and launch their books into the market. The entire process of writing, publishing, and selling a book...

Winterwolf Press on Publishers Weekly

Winterwolf Press on Publishers Weekly

BookExpo 2019: Broadening the Conversation Exerpt: "Stephana I. Colbert, author of Ordinary Extraordinary African American Women: The Elders (Jewell Jordan Publishing, 2017), rounds out the panel, moderated by Miranda Spigener-Sapon, creator of the upcoming Amazon...

Winterwolf Press author Miranda Spigener-Sapon, Showrunner/Creator of Amazon Prime series Marisa Romanov to Moderate Panels at BookExpo/BookCon 2019 & Promote the Release of her Novel, Charles: A Marisa Romanov Story

Winterwolf Press author Miranda Spigener-Sapon, Showrunner/Creator of Amazon Prime series Marisa Romanov to Moderate Panels at BookExpo/BookCon 2019 & Promote the Release of her Novel, Charles: A Marisa Romanov Story

"Miranda Spigener-Sapon’s first prequel from Winterwolf Press, Charles: A Marisa Romanov Story is set to release in November 2019. The book explores the vast universe that holds mysterious and dangerous secrets about a multi-verse and parallel worlds. This forbidden...

Diversifying Your Platforms: Wattpad (Part 2 of a series)

Welcome back for Part 2 of Diversifying Your Platforms! As we discussed last time, diversifying your publishing platforms can help an author reach a larger audience that won’t necessarily sit down and read through more traditional formats. Today we’re going to be...

Reddit Community Resources for Writers

Reddit Community Resources for Writers

Writing is a skill that requires cultivation and continued nurturing. As such, it’s essential that writers learn from and collaborate with other writers. Online writing communities are a great way to find inspiration and improve your craft. Reddit, the self-proclaimed...

Writing Hashtags for More Twitter Followers

Writing Hashtags for More Twitter Followers

You’re committed to promoting your new work on Twitter and to do that, you need followers. You’ve tried everything from scheduling tweets about adorable animals to tweeting quotes from whatever is on the New York Times Bestseller List that week. Still, your followers...

Copyediting vs. Content Editing: Which One is Right For You?

Copyediting vs. Content Editing: Which One is Right For You?

You spend weeks looking for the perfect editor for your book. You find someone willing to proofread the manuscript for a nominal fee, and you’re thrilled. However, when you finally see that manuscript again, the results weren’t quite what you were expecting. The...

Types of Narrators: Building a Character’s Voice

Types of Narrators: Building a Character’s Voice

You could have the most artfully crafted characters and it wouldn't matter if your narrative voice isn't on point. This tremendously undervalued literary tool is more than just the faceless storyteller; it is your reader's gateway to your world and the minds and...

The Dos and Don’ts of Cover Design

The Dos and Don’ts of Cover Design

So you've written a book. That is a huge accomplishment. You must feel ready to kick back on a sandy beach somewhere with a Mai Tai in one hand and the latest season of Game of Thrones on your tablet. But wait, don't book those tickets to Tahiti just yet, because your...

Blog Tours and How They Can Work For You

Blog Tours and How They Can Work For You

If you’re here to learn about blog tours, then you’ve likely already got a book cooling on the rack and ready for release soon. Congratulations! Many aspiring writers don’t make it this far. Take a moment to bask in your success before you go back to agonizing over...

Writing Tips for First Time Authors: Common Mistakes

Writing Tips for First Time Authors: Common Mistakes

Anyone can write a novel. This is technically true. You don’t need a degree in English Literature or five years of experience blogging on your favorite fiction site to open a word document and start typing. However, fiction requires practice and skill. Don’t assume...

Beta-Readers: What They Are and Why You Need One

Beta-Readers: What They Are and Why You Need One

When you write something you’re truly passionate about, it can be difficult to go back through and look at it critically. Even those who are skilled at putting aside their emotions as they peruse their own work may miss plot holes or character inconsistencies. After...

Hiring a Ghostwriter from Planning to Product

Hiring a Ghostwriter from Planning to Product

Although it is an odd profession, ghostwriting has a storied history. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ghost-composed pieces for wealthy patrons who wanted composing credits of their own. Ghostwriters have had a hand in writing famous memoirs, novels, and cookbooks. Even the...

Understand Your Publishing Options: Vanity, Small, and Big Publishers

Understand Your Publishing Options: Vanity, Small, and Big Publishers

Once upon a time, authors would mail their manuscripts to publisher after publisher, hoping for someone to give them the opportunity to see their name on a glossy hardcover. Today’s publishing world is somehow both more and less forgiving. Authors have many more...

Betwixters Receives Rave Reviews!

Betwixters Receives Rave Reviews!

The reviews are coming in and we couldn't be more pleased! Check them out below:   Betwixters is a poetic and magical journey that leaves you mesmerized in the imagery. Laura C. Cantu's new Betwixters middle-grade series is a series to watch...Book One, Once Upon...

Picking a Platform: eBooks

Picking a Platform: eBooks

Electronic books, better known as "eBooks," are a controversial platform that Merriam-Webster would have you believe are simply an "electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device." They don't mention the ongoing war between...

Deadlines:  How to Set a Goal, and Stay Motivated

Deadlines:  How to Set a Goal, and Stay Motivated

The life of a writer is a difficult one.  Finding motivation to sit and work on your own projects is one thing.  Finding the time to do so is another.  One thing that helps is proper time management.  In other words, setting a deadline for yourself on when things will...

Picking a Platform: Graphic Novels

Picking a Platform: Graphic Novels

Though DC's Superman was the first big comic book character to grab the mainstream's attention, Marvel Comic's Stan Lee is undoubtedly everyone's favorite father of comic book superheroes. But here's the thing very few seem to have realized about the beloved Excelsior...

Call for Submissions: Give Us a Howl!

Call for Submissions: Give Us a Howl!

As we march into the new month and the rest of the world prepares for March Madness, here at Winterwolf Press we're hard at work announcing our first ever anthology! From March 1 through March 31, we're accepting submissions concerning anything and everything that...

Mary Sues and You: Avoiding Authorial Insertion

Mary Sues and You: Avoiding Authorial Insertion

What Exactly is a Mary Sue? You’ve all read the story.  The protagonist is a fantastic person.  Their devil-may-care attitude and unwillingness to abide by the rules make them completely incompatible with real life, and yet everyone loves them anyway. A casual perusal...

Finding Your Niche (in a Genre)

Finding Your Niche (in a Genre)

As a child, the only distinction that you had to worry about between literature was The Dewey Decimal System's shift between Fiction and Non-Fiction. Now you're an adult -- an author -- and have more genres on your hands than you know what to do with (Lucid Fiction,...

Picking a Driver: Character vs. Plot

Picking a Driver: Character vs. Plot

Between grabbing a pen to start your story and accepting another to sign your publishing contract, there’s a deep, dark pit of work that requires a writer to be both the digger who creates it and the landscaper who must fill it in and smooth it out, making it appear...

Narration & Point of View

Narration & Point of View

The Great Depression. A mysterious recluse. A drawn-out trial. A murder. These are just some of the plot points associated with one very respected literary classic, and absolutely none of them would lead a reader to believe that children have any place near it. And...

Book Signings: Turning an Outdated Event into a Worthwhile Interaction

Book Signings: Turning an Outdated Event into a Worthwhile Interaction

In 2014, Taylor Swift made headlines when she wrote, “There are a few things I have witnessed becoming obsolete in the past few years, the first being autographs.” Apparently, the iPhone generation prefers selfies over signed photos, especially when social media sites...

How to Get Your Book Reviewed Before It’s Published

How to Get Your Book Reviewed Before It’s Published

Here's the thing no one tells you about getting published: it can take longer than writing the book. Blogger Elizabeth Evans even quoted the waiting game as two of the five things that you don't know about book publishing ("don't hold your agents to exact dates," and...

The Scripted Seven: Part 3

The Scripted Seven: Part 3

There's a great big beautiful movie coming to theaters next year; one based on a beloved fairy tale that you might have (definitely) already heard about: Walt Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast. There are, of course, plenty of other versions of the French La...

The Scripted Seven: Part 2

The Scripted Seven: Part 2

When Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid first debuted in 2004 and Lemony Snicket's eleventh novel in A Series of Unfortunate events was published later that same year, another great book was about to hit shelves -- The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories by...

The Book Launch: 3 Things To Expect & 3 Things To Do

The Book Launch: 3 Things To Expect & 3 Things To Do

If you're an author who has recently signed a contract with a publisher, then chances are you've heard the term "book launch" thrown around once or twice. No, this isn't a second book marketing campaign, but rather your novel's first step out into the publishing...

The Scripted Seven: Part 1

The Scripted Seven: Part 1

There's an old line about stories that's been attributed to many great writers (Leo Tolstoy, anyone?), but really only got started with educator John Gardner when he wrote, "As subject, use either a trip or the arrival of a stranger (some disruption of order—the usual...

Five Ways to Build an Audience Before Publication

Five Ways to Build an Audience Before Publication

Writing isn't easy. Besides going through the exhausting act of trying to pen that swirling mass of complicated plotlines and character backstory onto paper, you’ve got a number of other details to keep you up at night: a fitting title, the perfect author bio, to...

Goodreads: Every Authors’ New Pain, or Gain?

Goodreads: Every Authors’ New Pain, or Gain?

An author knows that for every new social media site that pops up, there's another new profile that has to be built. In fact, we're living in what has been dubbed "The Golden Age of social media" since 2001, and with new media being launched every day, it can be a bit...

Three Reasons Why You Should Make a Facebook Author Page

Three Reasons Why You Should Make a Facebook Author Page

Today you did it sitting on the bus, the hood of your jacket thrown over your head as you tapped your foot along to nothing. Yesterday it was on the couch before work, and an hour ago it was in your cubicle (you may or may not have been on lunch break). You know what...

3 Amazing Writing Sheds

3 Amazing Writing Sheds

Writers. We’re constantly looking for the perfect location to write. If you're like me, you’ve spent copious amounts of time looking for that one sweet spot. That single location which would somehow embody the ideal elements in one place fostering all your creative...

How to Write a Query Letter to an Editor

How to Write a Query Letter to an Editor

As some of you may know, to submit with us, you only need a query letter, a summary, and the first three chapters of your completed Fiction or Non-Fiction manuscript. “Only,” you repeat back dryly. We know. We’re writers too, remember? And because of that, we’re...

How to Write a Query Letter to an Agent

How to Write a Query Letter to an Agent

In a recent post, Winterwolf Press suggested formatting your 'Call for Submissions' query letter in the style of an editor query letter. Which, if you're submitting to us (high-five!), then make no mistake, you're sitting pretty with all of that information under your...

The Importance of a Query Letter

The Importance of a Query Letter

In our recent call for submissions, Winterwolf Press has asked that all of our prospective writers send a query letter in along with the first three chapters of their manuscript. But what exactly is a query letter? We think Jane Friedman’s blunt explanation says it...

Three Ways to Use an Author’s Note

Three Ways to Use an Author’s Note

You’re rushing. Between the cover art, the negotiations still taking place between your agent and an interested publisher, and the retreating back of the city bus that's supposed to be speeding you away to your day job, it’s been a long morning. And it’s only about to...

You’ve Got to Sign Up for the Winterwolf Press Newsletter

You’ve Got to Sign Up for the Winterwolf Press Newsletter

These days, the word “newsletter” brings such boring images to mind. It reminds us of the cluttered billboard constantly shedding outdated announcements onto the floor of the employee breakroom, or that company flier that the boss is always waving in our face. We...

Five Reasons Why It’s Good for Authors to Utilize Social Media

Five Reasons Why It’s Good for Authors to Utilize Social Media

You’re a writer. It’s who you are, and while your friends may have a hard time imagining the long hours you spend slaving away over a single paragraph in your creative corner, you’ve come to not only accept, but really enjoy that private silence that cloaks you while...

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