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Self-Editing 101

April 27, 2017 – 1:23 pm | No Comment
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Spelling – Even the best spellers make mistakes. Use a software program like Grammarly or WordWeb (both of which have free versions.) Both may catch other errors in word usage – like affect vs. effect – and both do offer a thesaurus so you can find a better word or correct one that’s overused.

One of the first things they may or may not tell you …

Self-publishing 101

January 15, 2016 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

Write a good book and finish it. Do not even consider self-publishing until it’s finished, with good cover art and editing.
Write at least two and up to five more books before releasing Book One, even if it’s in another genre – nothing sells Book One like Book Two, Three, etc.
Give the first book to beta readers for evaluation – give them a time to return …

Reality Check for Indie Authors

July 3, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment
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I n all honesty I suspect that Scribd found the path of least resistance in their romance/erotica decision. (Witness the petitions to Jeff Bezos/Amazon asking him to change the review policy.) The truth of the matter is likely to be a more harsh reality – a lot of romance/erotica readers were downloading books, finding them to be dreck and so they didn’t finish them, they just …

Writing series/sequels

April 13, 2015 – 11:57 pm | No Comment
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First, readers love series/sequels. However, the next book in any series should always be a standalone book, that is unless you really want to annoy your readers. And you should only write it because you have more to say, because you like the world in which you wrote it, or because you love the characters so much that you want to spend more time with …

Is my next book good enough, or: writer’s anxiety

February 15, 2015 – 6:45 am | No Comment
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Dear reader/writer,
You may not have this problem, the worry if your next book will be good enough. Maybe you do. No one is judging you on that but I do want to address the issue. So what is the problem?
You wrote a book. It is a good book. You know that and your readers  know that. You see 4 and 5 star reviews that toot your …

So you’re a writer. Then be one.

December 7, 2014 – 10:30 am | No Comment
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Dear reading writer,
A while ago I had a very interesting and eye-opening talk with someone. Before I go into this, let me ask you a question. How many of you look at yourself as a real author/writer? With this I mean a writer like Stephen King, Agatha Christie, George R.R. Martin, Jackie Collins and others in that range of fame? If you do then you can …

Author Marketing Live! – Part Two

September 10, 2014 – 6:09 pm | 3 Comments

Yes, it really did need two posts! There was a LOT of information! I was getting overwhelmed, so if I misrepresent things, forgive me!
Hunter Boyle spoke about using e-mail to keep in contact with your fans and to build your fan base. He also advocated setting higher expectations, creating e-mail connections with the offer of a freebie. Create a compelling call to action – i.e. …

And then you get stuck in your story

June 15, 2014 – 5:31 pm | No Comment
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Dear writing reader,

It happened to me. I got stuck. I was typing along in my story and all of a sudden I realised that the story was wrong. Problem was… what was wrong? Where did it go wrong?
Have you ever found yourself in such a tight spot? It’s not pleasant there.
I kept looking and staring and prodding, changed bits and bobs, and it remained wrong. …

Primer for New writers

June 8, 2014 – 8:42 pm | One Comment
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What’s the most common question most writers get after ‘where do you get your ideas? How do you write a book? Neil Gaiman answered that question the best – you put your butt in the chair and type a sentence. Then another. It’s as simple and as hard as that. (Paraphrased, of course.) For some people – pantsers aka those who write by the seat of …

Submitting to a traditional/legacy publisher made simple

March 12, 2014 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

I was asked by a writer recently how they would go about submitting to a traditional publisher, so I created this (very) basic primer.

Finish/edit the novel. You’d be surprised how many people don’t do this step. Skip it at your peril – an unedited novel is instant death. (Even if they’ll still edit it themselves. ) Some editors will be forgiving and request a revise/resubmit. …