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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]