Tagged: Fiction

Self-Editing 101

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 in writing classes or seminars is that in a...

How to write a best-selling novel

How to write a best-selling novel

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 plotter? If you’ve tried to write several books but...

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...

Something really amazing happened

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 and signed up with Pixel of Ink and Ereader...

Sign of the Times?

Sign of the Times?

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 other than that there was only the...