I can’t believe this day has finally come… Fallen to Grace is actually finished! After ten years and a hundred sleepless nights, I’m ready to share my debut fantasy novel with the world, and the next two volumes won’t be far behind. The eBook will be made available December 2, 2016 and is available for … More Fallen to Grace Available for Pre-Order!
Multiple pen names are useful for famous authors, not so much the indie-writer. Pen names can be useful when used appropriately and for the right reasons. As an established author with a powerful publishing house and paid publicists, pen names can be a powerful marketing tool. Readers will always know what they’re getting. Let’s think of Nora … More Should You Use Multiple Pen Names?
Today’s post is focusing on cover letters, specifically for submissions intended for literature magazines. I want to emphasize that while editors do not put much weight on a cover letter, a poorly written one WILL make it more difficult for your story to be accepted. To demonstrate, here’s the cover letter I submitted for a … More 3 Tips on Writing a Cover Letter to a Literature Magazine
Today I have the pleasure of talking with Lesa, an awesome indie author and shameless pantser! Lesa’s Amazon page is full of space kitties, a rare sampling of humor, inspiration, and feel-good fiction that stands out in today’s dark and gory market, and I absolutely love the refreshing reprieve. Let’s get started by a look into … More Author Interview – Lesa McKee
I like to peruse #MSWL every now and then, which is a hashtag twitter term for “Manuscript Wish List.” It’s nice to see what agents are looking for, even if it’s crazy specific. Sometimes even they don’t even know what want until they see it, but I appreciate when they articulate what they think they want. … More 10 Trends Agents are Looking for NOW
One of the most important factors in a novel, especially fiction, is that facts are correct. If they aren’t, there must be logical reasoning for why the author chose to deviate from realistic expectations. Take Superman as an example. There’s an explanation available for why he’s able to bounce bullets off his chest and laser criminals … More WIP Research – 5 Facts of Schizophrenia
Depending how far along you are in your writing journey, you may know who the “Big 5” are, or you might have just heard the term during a book club gathering and nodded along, sticking your nose in your steaming coffee hoping no one noticed you didn’t have a clue. Needless to say, they’re called “big” … More The Big 5 – Who They Are & Why Some Writers Choose to Walk Away
Today I have the pleasure of gaining some insights from S.M. Pace, a self-published author who’s already pumped out two amazing YA Fantasy novels dubbed the Threads of Magic Series with twins, shapeshifters, and a fascinating world of magic. Welcome to the AJ Blog! Let’s start out by getting to know your writing process. Do you write … More Author Interview -S.M. Pace
A “high concept” story already sounds intimidating and difficult to achieve, but when you look at the definition, it’s really not so bad. The Definition High Concept: A story which can be explained using a single sentence. (Source) That’s it! Doesn’t sound so bad, does it? But to help you understand, here are some examples: … More What is High Concept and Why Do Agents Want It?
The first thing that grabbed me about this book was the amazing cover. I know that sounds shallow, but that’s how everyone is. If there’s a beautiful cover, then you know the author cares about this book and it should live up to expectations. I mean, look at it!That said, what should you expect? This book … More Book Review – Kings or Pawns