About Erika Bennett

The Mill City Press team has been working with self-published authors since 2006, which has taught them a lot about the self-publishing process. This is their chance to share their knowledge with you. (Did we mention they love books?)

The Dos and Don’ts of Motivating Yourself to Write a Book

Motivation and discipline are important factors in writing a book. It’s not uncommon, however, for writers to experience difficulties in maintaining their motivation during the writing process. That said, there are several strategies writers can use to keep themselves motivated and on track. Setting goals, creating a writing routine, and taking breaks are all ways

By |2023-09-13T18:50:20+00:00September 13th, 2023|Categories: Writing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

3 Key Elements of Crime Fiction

TheYour Crime fiction is a popular mystery genre that has always captivated readers. The excitement of a fast-paced thriller or the intrigue of a classic whodunit keep readers coming back for more, and there are certain elements that make crime fiction so addictive. In this article, we’re taking a closer look at three key elements

By |2023-09-06T17:57:17+00:00September 6th, 2023|Categories: Writing|0 Comments

Word Counts By Genre: How Long Should a Book Be?

If you're a writer, you know that word counts can be important. They determine whether your book fits into a specific genre, or whether it's too long or too short for a particular reading audience. In this post, we'll explore the importance of word counts by genre and give you some tips for editing your

By |2023-08-29T21:17:53+00:00August 30th, 2023|Categories: Self-Publishing, Writing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Ending Your Mystery: Who Did It?

As a mystery writer, it’s important to create a satisfying ending for your readers that ties up loose ends. You don’t want to deliver an underwhelming ending when readers are counting on you to finish the mystery with a bang! In this post, we’ll cover how to write a strong climax for your mystery, how

By |2023-08-23T17:13:31+00:00August 23rd, 2023|Categories: Writing|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Pacing a Mystery Book: What Writers Need to Know

If you're a writer of mystery novels or are just interested in how these books are crafted, you probably know that pacing is one of the key elements of a thriller. The pace of a story makes a difference in creating a page-turning read. In this article, we'll explore what pacing means, why it's important,

By |2023-08-14T01:49:08+00:00August 16th, 2023|Categories: Writing|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Mystery Outlines: A How To Guide

For most novels, writers can decide if they are a plotter (fully outline ahead of time) or a panster (wing it as they write without an outline). Mystery novels, however, get more complicated without an outline on hand. Even if you simply write notes to yourself about who the suspects will be and the actual

By |2023-08-09T18:34:56+00:00August 9th, 2023|Categories: How-To Series|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How to Write a Mystery

Mysteries are a popular fiction genre. They captivate readers through intriguing storylines, tons of suspense, and unexpected plot twists. But how do you actually write a mystery? To write a good mystery, you’ll need to incorporate some specific storytelling elements. First, every mystery needs a compelling protagonist with a strong motivation to solve the crime

By |2023-08-03T21:47:08+00:00August 2nd, 2023|Categories: Writing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Power of a Writer’s Notebook

One of the most valuable tools in your arsenal is a writer's notebook. It serves as a save space for your thoughts, ideas, and inspirations, and allows you to capture the essence of your creative journey in a physical form. In this blog post, we’re exploring what a writer's notebook is, what you should add to

By |2023-07-18T20:26:59+00:00July 19th, 2023|Categories: Writing|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How to Increase Your Productivity Using Habit-Stacking

Productivity is a crucial aspect of achieving your goals. In this post, we’ll explore some ways you can increase productivity, including habit-stacking, building new habits, and how to cut out habits we want to quit. What is Habit-Stacking? Habit-stacking is a technique that involves adding a new habit on top of one you already have.

By |2023-06-28T18:00:53+00:00June 28th, 2023|Categories: How-To Series|0 Comments
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