Foreword by Ryan Lanz:
I was asked recently why I put up a post speaking favorably about traditional publishing, then right after a post speaking favorably about self-publishing. This person was unsure which “camp” I’m in.
Regarding what I post on this blog, I intentionally invite guest posts with (seemingly) contrasting views to give you, fair reader, different shades of various topics, and, of course, a hot button right now is traditional vs. indie.
Continue reading Why Choose Indie Publishing?
All writers get the same advice. Read the great writers; study the great works. Learn how seasoned, professional, and successful authors get the job done. All true, but I maintain that it’s also crucial for writers to read crap to learn what not to do.
Continue reading Why Writers Should Read Crap
Humans are born storytellers. Shortly after learning to string sentences together, we start sharing them: “Mommy, I did this…” or “Daddy, I did that….” We are eager to hear about others’ experiences, supposedly to learn from them and avoid their mistakes, and we like basking in the glory that our own stories give us (after being mentally edited, of course).
Continue reading The Difference Between Stories and Novels
Below, I’ll share with you the book cover to my new ebook.
In a recent post, I hinted about a novelette ebook that I’m working on. At the time, I just finished the first draft of my most recent full-length novel, and I wanted to do a new project before I dive into the edits.
Continue reading Cover Reveal for My New eBook
by Sue Coletta
A few people have recently asked me what Pinch Points are, which made me wonder if others are struggling with what they are and how to use them. After a quick Google search, I realized there isn’t really much written on the subject, oddly enough. And they are crucial milestones in fiction writing because they show the face of evil in its purest form.
Continue reading Minding Your Pinch Points in Fiction Writing
I’ve always been secretly embarrassed by what I write, but not in the way that most genre authors are.
Continue reading Finding Your Writing Voice
This time last year, I thought my newest New Adult speculative fiction work-in-progress about the collective subconscious and evil corporations was finished and ready for the world.
Continue reading 5 Ways to Stretch Your Word Count
If you were a follower of this blog last month, you may remember how I started a directory for book reviewers. The goal was to create a listing of dependable book reviewer blogs, where an author, self-published or traditional, could submit their book to. With the hassle of research out of the way, it provides a quick list for authors to go down the line on who to contact about reviewing their book.
Continue reading The Directory is Growing!
Today, I thought it would be fun to talk about what makes a fictional character believable. It’s easy to describe what a character looks like and give her/him/it a cool name. But how do you make your readers care about what happens to that character? What’s the secret to bringing your characters to life?
Continue reading How to Develop Realistic Characters
The gatekeepers who once decided what art was worth publishing are losing relevance. We need not kneel at their feet to gain entrance to the public square. There are paths in everywhere.
Continue reading How Writers Can Make Gatekeepers Work for Them