Category: Writing tips and tricks

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

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 book sky-high and you into the seventh writer-heaven....

So you’re a writer. Then be one.

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 stop reading here, there’s nothing new for you then....

Author Marketing Live! – Part Two

Author Marketing Live! – Part Two

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. Sign up now to receive a free excerpt or...

And then you get stuck in your story

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. The story didn’t get worse, it just...

Submitting to a traditional/legacy publisher made simple

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...

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...

Indie author group roundup, week ending 26th January

Welcome to this weeks’ ‘weekly round up’. Featured moderator of the week is Valerie – please pop on over to her profile and say hiya, ask a question, let her know about your favorite book of hers. She loves to talk to other writers and readers! It’s been a busy week here at IAG HQ, with blog updates and new features for writers that blog for us regularly.  Now your profile can include your Amazon...

Weekly roundup, week ending 19th January

Last week’s roundup Every week, one of the IAG moderators will round up what’s gone on, on the group and in the Indie community as a broader view.  If you’ve been busy writing, editing, or promoting, let us catch you up and find conversations and blog posts that should interest you and dive into the information you’re really keen to see. On the group Nikki Broadwell started a conversation about Createspace versus LSI last month, which concluded...

Dialogue – are you doing it right?

Dialogue plays an important part in connecting your readers to your story. Good dialogue helps a reader hear the voices of your characters and creates an additional layer of context and tone. But, effective dialogue doesn’t, and shouldn’t, mirror every day conversations. In our daily speech patterns, we stammer, stall, get distracted, and often end up talking about things completely unrelated to our original intent. Effective dialogue, like the rest of your writing should endeavor...

Editing 101 – The Basics

First, this document was never intended to replace a good editor. (Good editor defined – i.e. one who works with you, who suggest rather than insists, and who occasionally doles out compliments. They are not your friend, they are the defender of your precious baby – your book – first and foremost, by making sure that it is concise and grammatically correct.) In fact, you should apply the rules of this list before you even...