There’s something eerie about silenceWe fill up every second with noise Noise of social mediaNoise of to-do listsNoise of failures But when we take a moment for nothingThere's something almost too empty about it I almost want the noise backBut at the same time — The silence keeps me sane
#7 — Not Developing Characters I'm sure we’ve all come across a character in a book who we didn’t feel anything toward much. We weren’t worried for the character’s well-being. Which doesn't help us want to continue reading. It can take many drafts to get into a character’s head and develop them on the page. … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #7
At the end of a query letter, it's important to write something about yourself. But...what do you write? Some people write about where they got their college degrees from. Or perhaps how long they've been working on this manuscript. But is that necessary? Let's find out! Degrees (BA OR MFA) Degrees are usually only necessary … Continue reading What credentials should you put in your query letter?
At the base line, social media is a good way to connect with agents. Agents talk about their manuscript wish list (#MSWL) from time to time. They list what they're looking for in the next book they represent. Look out for them. You might see one that matches your book. However, warning: do not directly … Continue reading How to use social media when querying
Self-publishing allows writers to publish anything they want. But marketing is harder. That said, here's some tips to help self-published books be more marketable: 1) Make sure your manuscript is perfect Hiring a professional editor is the best way to go. It can be a lot of money, but it's a huge turnoff to find … Continue reading Tips for self-publishing
For a couple hundred years, being relatable has been the popular norm in writing. But popular themes have their price. Now, writing about popular culture can get your story hidden in a sea of thousands, millions. One relatable piece I’ve read recently is Mood Swings by Ajay Tulsiani. The main character, Safiya, tries to improve her … Continue reading Popular relatable writing
“I make art for the sake of art . . . and for my own selfish gratification, because I’m an artistic monster.” Title: The Only Pirate at the PartyAuthor: Lindsey StirlingGenre: Non-fictionPages: 254Publication date: January 12, 2016Publisher: Gallery Books As I flip through the pages of The Only Pirate at the Party, I’m reminded of why I liked this … Continue reading Book review – The Only Pirate at the Party (Spoiler Free)
“If stubbornness were all that was needed to be a good queen, I'd rule the world.” Title: Ice Like FireAuthor: Sara RaaschGenre: YA fantasyPages: 478Publication date: October 13, 2015Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers After a great book with a good complete ending called Snow Like Ashes, Sara comes back with book two: Ice Like Fire. It begins three months … Continue reading Book review – Ice Like Fire (Spoiler Free)