Author: Valerie Douglas

Author Marketing Live Seminar – Part One 0

Author Marketing Live Seminar – Part One

I’ll be honest, I was half afraid that the seminar would be nothing more than a sales pitch, but it wasn’t. Even the sponsors didn’t promote, which was refreshing. (And made it more likely for someone like me to recommend their services.) The speakers were by and large very informative and sometimes funny. Some of it was more geared toward non-fiction than fiction, but even that had some value to indie/self-published writers. For me, the...

Writing in first person POV 0

Writing in first person POV

First person point of view is where the narrator is – usually – the main protagonist. It lends the story an immediacy that other formats don’t, since it details the events from that person’s viewpoint and experience. It can be a more intimate point of view, in that the writer conveys all the thoughts and feelings of that lead character to the reader. On the other hand, all the other characters are only seen from...

Submitting to a traditional/legacy publisher made simple 0

Submitting to a traditional/legacy publisher made simple

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. Only some will be forgiving, there’s no guarantee which...

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Points of view…

From The Fellowship of the Rings – “There were some that shook their heads and thought that this was too much of a good thing; it seemed unfair that anyone should possess (apparently) perpetual youth as well as (reputably) inexhaustible wealth. “It will have to be paid for….” Notice that the sentence is in no discernible particular voice. ***** From Dune – ‘Paul’ heard the fear in her voice and wondered at it. Jessica spoke...

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Pinterest – A picture is worth a thousand words

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 you. What inspires you as a person or what inspired your...

How to be a new writer 0

How to be a new writer

  There are so many decisions to be made it can seem overwhelming. The first and best advice I can give you to start is this – stop worrying and just write. Then write some more. Enjoy yourself, enjoy the process whether you’re a plotter – you have to outline – or a pantser – you just write. If  you’re loving what you do, then do it. Just do it. Before you do anything else,...

REALLY?! 0

REALLY?!

REALLY?! For the third or fourth time this week someone posted on Facebook to ask how a character in their book would behave or a book should go or end. Again, really? (And please, don’t out yourself in the comments…) Do you seriously not know? Now, I’m a pantser – I write by the seat of my pants – but whether a pantser, a plotter or someone in between, I’d never ask someone else to write my book...

The Only Constant is Change 0

The Only Constant is Change

J. K. Rowling has been taking a few hits lately in social media – first because she (or her publisher) decided to change the covers of the Harry Potter books and second because of her decision to publish her mystery novel under a different name. Changes though, are sometimes necessary. Take that mystery for example. How many people might have mistakenly purchased it and given that book to their children under the notion that Rowling...

How many, how often? 0

How many, how often?

“How many books should I write, how often should I release them?” That’s a question I hear a lot as an administrator to a writer’s page, next to, ‘How do I become a rich and famous Indie writer.’ Or any kind of writer. There is no simple answer, but I’ll do the best I can. I once read that you should have at least three books written before you submit to a traditional publisher – and...

TSTL – Too stupid to live 0

TSTL – Too stupid to live

I heard this once from an editor because my heroine went to a fight wearing skirt. Which would probably come as a bit of a shock to any Scot wearing a kilt, and a few martial artists as well. As someone who took martial arts training – in a standard gi – I can tell you that trying to do high side kicks in jeans would have been a bit… binding. The interesting thing is...