what the BL*RB to write next

You wanna write books that'll sell? Sell them to yourself first.    The more years I spend writing, the more I see the benefits of having a workable pitch before I start writing, and the more I beg others to do the same. This helps keep the focus of the project as narrow as it … Continue reading what the BL*RB to write next

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Three Ways to Help Published Friends

I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and I know I've done a post similar to this before, but needs change, the market changes... I change... OK. Seriously. The super simple list: Leave a review. Tell your reader friends what a big deal it is for an author to have reviews on book seller … Continue reading Three Ways to Help Published Friends

In Brief: BE CREATIVE

Oh, man... I just had a weird cheerleading flashback, BE CRE-AY-TIVE. B. E. CRE-AY-TIVE! I'm so sorry for dragging you down that mini rabbit-hole with me. Ahem. *re-starts post*attempts to be somewhat professional*snorts*continues writing post anyway* I've been reading a TON of pre-published manuscripts lately, and it's been amazing and interesting, but here's what is … Continue reading In Brief: BE CREATIVE

In Brief: Levels of Edits

This post is probably most useful to pre-published authors. ROUND ONE - CONTENT This is where you take the seed of an idea that you love, and turn it into something workable. What to keep in mind in round one, as both the author or a reader: Overall story arc Pacing Character arc and characterization … Continue reading In Brief: Levels of Edits

In Brief: Maintaining Perspective in Publishing

The older I get the less I believe in correct and incorrect decisions. I’m not saying I don’t look back at my “regular life” and my “writing life” and go – WHAT THE VERY HELL WAS I THINKING??? But I will say that most often, I remember WHY I made a given decision at a … Continue reading In Brief: Maintaining Perspective in Publishing