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The Weakness of Stupidity as a Plot Device
We’ve all seen it. We’re watching that TV show or movie, or we’re reading that book, and the normally clever and unflappable character pulls a move so boneheaded that we roll our eyes and disengage from the story entirely. What’s … Continue reading
What is That Thick Skin Everybody Talks About?
You hear it everywhere. “If you’re going to be a writer, you’re going to have to grow a thick skin.” “You are going to have to work on thickening that skin up.” “I wanted to help her with her critique, … Continue reading
Writing to Market- What Does it Mean?
Should a novelist write to market? Should they avoid writing to market like the plague? Should they write to trend or to tropes? What does it all mean? Take heart, gentle reader, I will do my level best to tell … Continue reading
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Three Reasons Why Your Query Letter is Important
Many times I have read rants and stories regarding writing query letters to agents about one’s novel. Inevitably there are some folks who cannot believe one business letter is worth the agony, frustration, and hard work that authors put into … Continue reading
Making Your Own Book Cover (If you have to.)
It’s not the best idea to make your own cover. Even if you have some art background, you don’t have book cover design background. That’s a problem. Chances are, no matter how hard you work on the project, it isn’t … Continue reading
Why Exclamation Marks Suck!!!
Every day my fiancé goes to work, he texts me when he gets there. He knows I have anxiety issues. “Here safe! Love you!” Every day I respond, “Love you and stay safe!” (Sometimes I add hearts or smooches. I’m … Continue reading
Formatting is a Pain in the Patootie
I spent three days last week formatting manuscripts for paperback and for Kindle. Formatting is something I’ve taught myself and it does not come naturally to me, though it is getting easier. I simply can’t see spending money to pay … Continue reading
Pride is a Problem
We’ve all heard the saying ‘Pride goeth before the fall.’ I’d like to make that a little more new millennium and say that pride precedes epic fail. I was hanging out on one of my writer’s forums, and ran into … Continue reading
Counting Down on a Kindle Scout Campaign
My Kindle Scout campaign for my novel, Descending will end at midnight on the 15th. I’m kinda freaking out. Just a bit. I have a touch of anxiety issues, and I can easily trap myself in shouda-couldaland. I’m trying not … Continue reading