What a question! Last year my client Chloe King looked into writing on Wattpad. Finding that Erotic Stories were acceptable she went ahead with her plan. Except it isn't as clear cut as that at all. Not even by a small bit. One story was reported and pulled down. No email to the author, no … Continue reading To Wattpad or Not to Wattpad
Twelve ways to improve your writing skills.
1. Reread (and critique) your own writing. We don’t like to look at our own mistakes, but it’s one great way to learn not to repeat them.
2. Try a regular series of writing prompts a few days a week — even if writing prompts aren’t normally your “thing.”
3. Blog as regularly as possible about a topic that interests you, even if you don’t publish your posts.
4. Read! READ READ READ READ READ! The best writers are also major readers (audiobooks count!).
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Do you have a Mystery or Thriller…Agents are looking …
on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:
Here are six agents currently seeking mysteries and thrillers. All work with reputable literary agencies that have good track records.
Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements can change.
Undercover… A story to enjoy. If you love music though, you must read Only One Woman 🙂
Today, Jane Risdon tells us about a book we will hopefully be able to read in the near future.
If you could only read one more book before reading became illegal what would it be and why?
Gosh, this is a difficult one. I really cannot think of just one book off the top of my head. I don’t have a favourite book as such. I have been reading many years and have read countless of thousands of books during that time. I suppose if I was being really pushed, and if there was a collection (possibly a boxed set) of all the Agatha Christie novels, I’d probably go for that. Sorry to be a pain, but I can never answer this question in relation to a favourite song or food either.
If you could be a character in any book, who would it be?
I think I’d love…
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The Top Publishing Trends For 2020 Jan 15, 2020 | Marketing Written Word Media (WMD) recently published a must-read article with the top publishing industry trends for the new year, written by Clayton Noblit. I am sharing here a summary that includes their main points. 1. Audiobooks will continue to gain popularity, and more indie authors will invest … Continue reading Top Publishing Trends for 2020
Personally I believe in good writing. I don’t care what your skin colour is or what your sexuality is. If you write well and I can help you self-publish your book then I will do so. I have assisted people of all races and sexualities and disabilities so far.
I support writers…and authors.
You might have noticed that a 9,000-member literary organization has been in the news since it wrongfully censured author Courtney Milan on December 23, 2019. That organization is the Romance Writers of America, and you can find the most thorough chronology of events in Claire Ryan’s The Implosion of RWA. I’m a member and a white woman, and I am still watching as other members who are also white women, over and over again, refuse to believe women of color.
Since the moment news of the wrongful censure dropped, women of color have been showing membership what ethical behavior looks like, with Black women in particular initiating actions and carrying them out. They effected the reversal of the censure, resigned en masse from leadership positions, wrote petitions with 1,000+ signatories that resulted in the resignations of those in breach of fiduciary duties, and together with the LGBTQ+ romance community…
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Creating Character Voices…
on Fiction University:
If you want memorable characters, don’t forget to give them unique voices.
One of my earliest experiences with how voice affected fiction was in seventh grade, when my English teach played us a record (yes, record, I’m dating myself here) of Harlan Ellison reading his short story, “Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktock Man. Not only was I blown away by the story, but by the way Ellison crafted the narrative. The voice was unique.
It wasn’t until years later I learned there was a difference between author voice and character voice, but the lesson on “strong voice = strong story” had been stamped into my brain. Character voice is simply an extension of author voice.
A well-crafted character steps off the page and into readers’ hearts, and a big part of that is their voice. Readers can see personality in the words that character uses, in…
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SHORT OPINION PIECE This could be confusing. Though when I look at it. It isn't, well not to me. I see games where authors list other authors they know. In fact, I am tagged in these games and I rarely participate. Why? You may ask. Well...it's because it shows we know each other. It shows, … Continue reading Facebook Games & Amazon