Starting October 5, 2016, Amazon launched Amazon Prime Reading. Many of you may already have Amazon Prime with its 99$ annual fee for its other awesome benefits, such as free 2-day shipping on a multitude of products, Amazon Video which is similar to Netflix, Amazon Music, etc. (Personally, I absolutely love Amazon and this addition … More Kindle Unlimited Vs Amazon Prime Reading
Writing a great story might be your goal, but you should also consider what will annoy your readers. Unfortunately, when writing a first draft, you’ll have likely done all of these things. But that’s okay, that’s what editing is for! #1 : Excess Word Count This will be the absolutely most annoying thing you can … More 3 Reader Turn Offs You Can Avoid
Depending on your perspective, one or both of the candidates are the villain. But do you understand what makes a true villain? I watched the debate last night, and I felt Hillary made an excellent point when the last question was proposed. She admitted that this was not a normal election. I could relate when she … More 2nd Presidential Debate: Who’s the Villain?
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