Featured »

May 25, 2016 – 8:35 pm | No Comment

We don’t often feature these products on the group blog, but this is one designed for indie authors, and it doesn’t have affiliate links AND you can donate 10% to charity, so we thought we’d see how it went.
Storybundle and HumbleBundle feature products in ‘bundles’ at a significant amount of money off, and if you’re looking to study or intake information, this bundle is a …

Read the full story »
Self Publishing Step by Step
social media
Home » Archive by Tags

Articles tagged with: Fiction

Self-Editing 101

April 27, 2017 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

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 …

How to write a best-selling novel

August 7, 2015 – 4:01 pm | One Comment

First, read. Read a lot. (Stephen King, paraphrased – “if you don’t have time to read, you can’t write.”) Reading will teach you how to write, how to write well, and how to write compelling characters.
Corollary – read the genre you’re writing in, that will teach you the ins and outs of that genre, and it may inspire a story.
Second, are you a pantser or a …

On Magical Realism

February 24, 2014 – 8:51 pm | No Comment

I had never before encountered the term ‘Magical Realism’ before poet Jonathan Johnson mentioned it to me . Sometimes confused with fantasy or what I have heard described as ‘The New Weird’ Magical Realism has its roots more closely connected to folktales and mythology. A brief definition would say that Magical Realism is where “magical elements are a part of an otherwise mundane environment.”
For example: …

Pinterest – A picture is worth a thousand words

January 29, 2014 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially with Pinterest. This is where having a great cover makes a tremendous difference.  An intriguing cover will draw the interest of Pinterest viewers As with all social media, though, it is social media. It’s not just about promoting your books, but about getting to know you, the author, so you need to post more than just your covers. Post about …

Something really amazing happened

August 24, 2012 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

Okay, so it wasn’t as if I hadn’t planned for it. First, I ordered a new cover. I liked the old one, but it didn’t quite have the edge I wanted. I wanted to remind readers it was an epic fantasy – the romance was just part of the story. An integral part, but only a part nonetheless.
I made Song of the Fairy Queen free …

Sign of the Times?

December 11, 2011 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

Okay, I’ll admit it, it’s been a while since I was in my favorite bookstore. (That picture isn’t it, by the way. ) Even so, I was shocked.
Where were the fiction books?
They were tucked away in a back corner of the store on the second level.
Oh, there were the New Release tables on the first floor, and two long shelves of New Release Hardcover fiction, but …