Face it, if you're an independent author (aka "self-publisher"), it can be hard to get your book reviewed. You can jump through the hurdles of book bloggers, you can send away copy after copy to places that say they review indie books, and you can contact local media to ask for a bit of coverage … Continue reading Getting Reviews When You Feel It’s Impossible to Get Reviews
Writing a book - fiction or non - takes dedication, commitment, time, and plenty of hard work. In essence, it's a relationship and like any relationship, the love you bear for your book can flounder. Early Days After wooing an idea into our heads and courting an outline, it's time for the heart-pounding excitement and … Continue reading Falling Out of Love (with your novel)
As my readers may know, I'm deep in the mire that is Draft Two of The Voyage, the second book of my fantasy series The Osteria Chronicles. For me, working through draft two is like slogging through knee-deep muck - it's scary, it's exhausting and you feel like you might never make it out alive … Continue reading The Terrible Twos of Drafting
As I mentioned recently, I'm heading into the oh-so-long process of revising the second book of my fantasy series The Osteria Chronicles. Part of my revision ritual is to re-read some of the top books I've found for fiction writers to refresh my memory of certain techniques, help myself hone in on my weak areas, … Continue reading Saturday Selections: My Top 5 Books for Writers
I don't know who said it, but to write well is to write concisely. Yes, I know there are plenty of writers who get away with flowery language and overly long descriptions of events and objects that don't contribute much to the story, but in general, concise writing keeps your reader interested. For those of … Continue reading A Test of Writing Skill: The Synopsis
Yes, the time has come once again for NaNoWriMo - a month-long writing event during which aspiring writers work at a a mad pace to complete a novel. I don't get it. For those of you not up on your writing lingo, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It occurs each November and participants … Continue reading It’s That Time Again: NaNoWriMo
I have to admit it. I'm a complete nerd, which is why I'm completely addicted to the Song of Ice & Fire series by George R.R. Martin (you know them as the books that form the basis of the Game of Thrones TV series). I love the intrigues, the world details and all the plot … Continue reading Stop Saying That! Avoiding Repetition in Your Writing.
So, you've written a book. Now, how do you get people interested in that book? There's plenty of (very similar) advice on how to market your book on social media, via press releases or through public speaking, but not many of these advice-givers focus on the main selling point of your book: The Description. Luckily, … Continue reading Three Steps to a Fabulous Book Description
Remember a few years ago when a big hooplah was raised after Mattel put out the talking Barbie who said "Math is hard?" Well, if she had said "Writing is hard" I imagine many writers would have been clambering for this doll who finally understood them. Because writing is hard. No, strike that. Writing is … Continue reading Are You Tough Enough To Be a Writer?