by Phoebe Quinn
Self-publishing, if you want to be good at it, is a lot of work. A few nights ago I rattled off all the things I’ll need to consider in the coming months if I want to give my book the best chance at being successful. Consistent and engaging blogging (let’s just ignore my mini-hiatus while life kind of took over for a while), consistent and engaging social media (…see above), SEO to ensure that you reach the right audiences, cover design and synopsis-writing, learning about the publishing platform you intend to use, and, of course, actually writing something to publish.
Continue reading Going Beyond the Blog: Being a Multimedia Author
by Lindsey Richardson
A rough draft in a way is like a picture. It’s never perfect the first time you do it, and it’s not meant to be. Rough drafts are the most crucial parts of our craft. They shape the story, characters, and without you realizing it, they also shape you (the author). Last time I spoke about what it takes to begin writing your next story, but now I want to dive deeper into when you’re writing the rough draft.
Continue reading How Rough a Rough Draft Really Is
by Tonya R. Moore
Are you afraid of messing around with tropes? What about your plot? Is it too dark? Too light? Is your main character too perfect? Too flawed? Are you afraid to bore, perturb, or even disgust?
Tell me the truth: how many articles did you read this week that made you look back at your own work and cringe?
Continue reading Stop Worrying About What Not to Write
by Kyle Massa
“Short stories are loose change in the treasury of fiction.”
That’s what J.G. Ballard wrote in the introduction to his Complete Short Stories collection. Considering the dwindling attention spans of many readers, you’d think that short stories would be more popular than ever. But when’s the last time you saw someone reading a short story collection? Just like Ballard wrote, it seems short stories are the pennies, nickels, and dimes of literature.
So why don’t short stories sell?
Continue reading The Curious Case of Why Short Story Collections Don’t Sell
by Katie McCoach
Developmental editing may be an unfamiliar term to some writers and authors. This is, in the most basic of definitions, is editing that enhances your story.
Have you ever read a book and felt the plot was all over the place, or the characters were inconsistent? Maybe the climax wasn’t strong enough or the story was missing that obvious inciting incident. Hell, have you ever started a book and just didn’t like it?
Continue reading What is Developmental Editing and Does Your Story Need it?
by Jillian Casey
Although it is a bit cliché, on my bookshelf, I have a well-worn copy of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and the novel has been read so many times that it practically falls open to the page where Elizabeth Bennet cleverly refuses Mr. Darcy’s first proposal.
However, this action becomes impossible when reading beloved stories in electronic form.
Continue reading EBooks are Changing the Way We Read and Write
by Teagan Berry
Writing is difficult. The carefully crafted plot, the perfect climactic moment, the creation of three-dimensional characters. All of these and more are required to make a believable and plausible novel. And then there’s the point of view (P.O.V.). I’ve already written here about the different points of views out there for authors, along with their benefits and drawbacks, but then the gender of the character speaking plays a role as well.
Continue reading How to Write Male POV Stories
by Christopher Slater
By this point I would think that everyone has heard of them. The electric cars are coming! Say goodbye to the gas pump because we will just be plugging everything in. We are going to see a dramatic change in the automobile. Well, I can’t speak for everyone, but my car is still running on gasoline and I don’t see that changing in my foreseeable future. So, has this blog suddenly been hijacked by some overly enthusiastic fan of Top Gear? Nope. It’s still me, and it might surprise you to know that I have a point (and that I am, in fact, a fan of Top Gear.)
Continue reading Your Writing and Electric Cars – A Comparison