by Kyle Massa
Novels are cool, but they’re tough to write.
I’ve been working on a manuscript about a rock and roll star who inexplicably rises from the dead. Think Mick Jagger meets Jesus Christ. I think the premise is interesting and I like the characters, but once I really got into it, I found that the story was slowing down. It just wasn’t interesting to me anymore.
I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with my story until some time later, while I was reading Lisey’s Story by Stephen King (all hail his majesty). I got about a hundred pages in and realized the key difference between King’s book and mine: he had tons of subconflict, and I didn’t.
Continue reading Subconflict, and Lots of It
by Katie McCoach
As an author today, you know that every reader is valuable. You love your readers; you want to keep the ones who are loyal and reach new ones. That’s what promotion and growing a business is all about – reaching new consumers.
That’s why it’s so important for authors to be as accessible to readers as possible.The easier a reader can find you and buy your books, the easier it will be to reach wider audiences.
Continue reading Why Authors Need to Be as Accessible as Possible
by Larry Kahaner
I just finished reading a terrific book, except for one thing. The ending was a cheat.
Every book must have one.
The author composed a quirky, clever main character with an animal sidekick that acts as a contract killer upon command. Very cool idea. The book moved fast, had an absorbing plot and the writing itself was workmanlike (one of my highest compliments) and even contained some flashes of wordsmithing brilliance.
But here’s the problem.
Continue reading How to Screw Up Your Novel: The Series Cheat
by Andrea Lundgren
Recently, I’ve been dealing with…well, we won’t call it writer’s block. I wasn’t out of things to write, merely stumped on how to get from Point A to Point B without creating major plot holes. And it was very tempting to just skip the problematic bit and go ahead to the next chapter or section, where I knew how things would unfold.
I’ve heard that some writers actually do this. They jump ahead to the scenes they feel ready to write and come back to deal with the others. Because it’s all on an outline, and they know where they’re going, they can write the “Death Star exploding” before figuring out how to get Princess Leia off the space station in the first place.
Continue reading Do You Write Chronologically?
by Victor Salinas
We all depend on the economy. In fact, we—and everything we choose to do and not do—is part of the economy. Fantasy economies are no different.
Fantasy settings surely have methods of economic organization. The serfs working the land for their lord are part of an economy. The nomadic tribes wandering the wastes are part of an economy. And of course, city dwellers trading goods for coin are part of an economy.
Continue reading How to Build a Fantasy Economy
by Phoebe Quinn
My Twitter timeline is awash with urging. Write every day. Even if it’s for ten minutes. Just write. Write well and often. And so on.
But, should you really be writing every day?
Getting the balance right between craft, routine, and chore is hard. We all struggle. As much as I dream of being a full-time writer, it’s more likely I will have to continue juggling it round work, socialising, and other (neglected) hobbies.
Continue reading Why I Don’t Write Every Day
by A.G. Young
So today we’re talking about if you should Self Publish or Traditionally Publish that baby you have been working on for months or years. This of course is no easy question to answer, and also very highly personal to each writer. So I am going to discuss my opinion on the matter. And a little forewarning, because of the topic of this post, this is going to be a long one.
Before you can answer this main question, you must answer a few others first. Let’s see what those are.
Continue reading Should You Self-Publish or Traditionally Publish?
A quick update: The Book Review Directory now has 150 book review bloggers listed on the website. So, if any of you want free reviews for your book, check out the genre list and reach out to some reviewers.
The list is growing, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s at 200 before long.