Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.

NaNoWriMo 2014

It’s that time of the year to disappear for a bit. November is National Novel Writing Month, an annual festival of carpal tunnel and obsessing over word counts. The challenge is to write a 50,000 word rough draft in a single month. It requires writing 1,667 words per day for thirty days. It’s not that the daily load is too heavy — it’s that once you set it down, it’s hard to pick it up again. Missing one day means working hard to make up for it elsewhere. Falling behind…

Neo – A Word Processor for Authors

  I should start by saying that yes, I’ve used the word processor you’re about to mention. I’ve tried them all. From yWriter and Scrivener, to Hank’s Writer and OpenOffice, to FocusWriter and Page 4. I’ve probably tried writing apps that you’ve never heard of. I’m the guy in the middle of the Venn diagram of: “Early Adopters,” “Beta Testers,” “Professional Writers,” and “Software Hoarders.” I won’t get into why each of these applications suffers from a near-fatal flaw, and I don’t mean to upset those who find that one…

It Has Never Been Easier

There’s a dangerous meme in the publishing world that says self-publishing was easier in 2009 and is much harder today. But nothing could be further from the truth. The exact opposite is the case. Self-publishing was nearly impossible then, and it’s incredibly simple now. In fact, it’s never been easier. The hardest part of self-publishing, you see, is the decision to do it. You have a manuscript in your metaphorical hands, and you can go one of two ways: You can send that work off to agents, or you can send it off to…

I Want Amazon Bookstores

In case you’ve been out of the loop, Amazon has opened a physical bookstore in Seattle. Yeah, a physical store from the online giant. It’s not your typical bookstore, though. For one thing, there are no set prices on titles. Rather, the price of the book is tied to the ever-fluctuating price at the online store. And rather than post a few recommendation tags on a handful of titles, nearly every book has a review posted by a reader. If you’ve posted a review on Amazon.com, your recommendation may be the…

A NaNoWriMo Webinar!

Indie bestseller Sarra Cannon, Amanda Wilson from CreateSpace, and yours truly will be guests on an upcoming NaNoWriMo Webinar! I was thrilled when Grant Faulkner reached out to me about this opportunity. Grant runs National Novel Writing Month, which I’ve participated in for the last four years. Ever since I started taking writing seriously, I’ve used November as an excuse to focus my energies on a single novel and get a complete rough draft put together. My first year, I wrote HALF WAY HOME, a book that has gone on…

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