Super excited to share this with you guys today, because these are five crucial points I learned from publishing my first book. Let’s get right into them. Each point is in chronological order. A GOOD EDITORYou probably already know this, but it always bears repeating: you cannot skimp on editing. But finding an editor isContinue reading “5 Things You NEED Before Publishing Your Book”
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The Caption Challenge Returns!
We’re back for another Caption Challenge! I was so pleased with how the last one went, and I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with for this one. Remember, your entry in the comments can be a six-word story or flash fiction (50 words or less) based on the picture. No moreContinue reading “The Caption Challenge Returns!”
The Jolly Genre Jubilee Tag
I stole this tag from Chelsea because it looked so fun. So without further ado . . . What is your favorite genre of fiction to write?Fantasy. (Just get used to me saying fantasy a lot.) It’s my all-time favorite genre. What genre would you NEVER get caught writing? . . .EVER.Horror. Like, if youContinue reading “The Jolly Genre Jubilee Tag”
If At First You Don’t Succeed
Well . . . we ran our first ever Caption Contest last week, and I said I would announce the winner today . . . But that presents a problem, you see. It seems that I cannot announce a winner, because . . . Well, there were no entries. 🤷♀️ But I’m determined to keepContinue reading “If At First You Don’t Succeed”
Welcome to the Caption Contest!
I want to try something new on the blog today. I’m going to show you all an image, and you’re going to come up with a caption to accompany it. Now, by caption I mean one of two things: A six-word story that uses the picture as a guideline, or a bit of flash fictionContinue reading “Welcome to the Caption Contest!”
How to Safeguard Your Creativity (when life gets busy)
Being a writer means accepting certain life distractions that can interfere with the creative process. But when life gets especially busy, it can get harder and harder to stay creative. This time of year, for me, is crazy busy – the goats, the garden, the dogs . . . Yeah. Busy. At the same time,Continue reading “How to Safeguard Your Creativity (when life gets busy)”
The Quandary of Your Book’s Ending
If you know me, you know that ending a book is . . . well, not easy. For me, anyway. I didn’t have a problem with the ending for the first draft of Fate of a Prince, but Promised Land? One Light Shining (unpublished)? Oh yeah. The reason the ending of Fate was easy toContinue reading “The Quandary of Your Book’s Ending”
4 Tips on How to Improve Your Story’s Beginning (GUEST POST)
I’m so happy to welcome Lily Keith to the blog today with this great guest post. Make sure to check out her blog at the end. One day, I started editing the first draft of my WIP. Something didn’t feel right, but I wasn’t sure why. So my alpha reader read the first several chapters. Continue reading “4 Tips on How to Improve Your Story’s Beginning (GUEST POST)”
A Beautiful Discovery . . .
One morning, I woke up early, around 5:15, and I didn’t want to fall back asleep for fear I would oversleep. So, after lying there for a while, debating what would keep me awake for the next forty-five minutes, I got up and started writing. And I have done the same every morning since then.Continue reading “A Beautiful Discovery . . .”
Your Cover SELLS Your Book (How to make it work)
It’s no secret in the literary world that a bad cover will turn a massive amount of your potential audience away. A good cover, on the other hand, one that can dazzle or amaze readers, will make it so they just HAVE to click on it . . . or, better yet, buy it. ButContinue reading “Your Cover SELLS Your Book (How to make it work)”