I've had my head down for the last few weeks, doing other things, but I wanted to get things back on track. I am working on a blog post about email lists - what are they, and do I need them? It's turning into a monster and currently sits at almost2.5K words. If you've ever … Continue reading Word count calculator to keep you on track, plus mini update
A healthy dose of tips for writers…
Happy Friday, wonderful SEers! The end of the week is always a reason for celebration. I hope your first days venturing into a new month have been filled with fun, good books, and prolific writing.
Speaking of writing, the SE authors have cobbled together a new collection of writing links. Before sampling the latest, take a moment to check out this week’s featured posts—Drip Campaigns by Staci Troilo and my own “It’s in the Stars . . . or Not”
Then enjoy a Friday Fix with . . .
- How to Tweet Like a Pro [Lab] (a must read for Tweeters)
- Book Blurbs (five tips to improve them)
- Monday Marketing. 3 Quick Tips (how fast does your website load?)
- Plotting (steps to go from beginning to end)
- Character Development (tips for creating compelling characters)
- How to 101 (outstanding resource list from Chris, the Story Reading Ape)
- Showing Versus Telling
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Enjoy a shed-load of writing links…
- http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/07/so-your-character-is-from-taiwan.html Is your character from Taiwan? Here’s some ideas.
- http://www.magicalwords.net/roundup/magical-words-link-roundup-7-18-2017/ Links for the week.
- https://fantasyhandbook.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/as-henry-miller-commands-part-8-dont-be-a-draught-horse/ Take joy in writing. I had to start writing my stories longhand to get past the block of a computer page. There’s something about having a pen in hand that makes those words flow!
- http://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/07/21/q-a-with-ichabod-brooks/ What’s the best way to a zombie out of a house?
- http://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/07/20/protecting-bedlam-now-its-personal-part-2/ Cassidy and Lloyd in trouble.
- http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2017/07/starred-review-kirkus-mean/ A prestige award.
- http://avajae.blogspot.com/2017/07/vlog-secret-to-writing.html The hard truth is: there is none. You just have to: play with the story until you get it down. Practice, practice, practice. Don’t give up.
- https://chasingthecrazies.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/pitchwars-2017-the-wishlist/ ALL YA categories of contemporary, historical, magic realism, and mystery and thriller.
- http://www.brenda-drake.com/2017/07/pitch-wars-uncomfortable-truth-mentor-liaison-joy-mccullough/ There are only so many slots. I know this. As do others. All we can do is put our best effort forward and know that no matter how things turn out…
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If you’re working on building your brand as an author, here are several points you need to pay heed to…
Ciao, SEers. I’m just getting back into the groove after a long overdue trip back to the homeland. No, not Italy, although that’s on my bucket list. We went back to Pennsylvania to celebrate my daughter’s high school graduation with the extended family. A great time was had by all. We extended our trip, which put me even further behind, but it is worth it to see loved ones, even if we ran ourselves ragged.
My series on creating a media kit seemed to be helpful to writers, so I thought I’d discuss something that coordinates with the media kit—author branding. Having worked for several years as a corporate identity specialist in my “real” job, those principles are transferrable and I want to give you a quick checklist that might help you out.
So, without further ado, here are eight steps to author branding cohesion.
1. You Are…
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Twitter is one tool in an author’s bag that can, if used effectively, be utilised to assist in the building of your author platform, which you hope ultimately will result in book sales, plus it’s a great way to make a connection with influencers or to speak to your readers. But a question that was … Continue reading How to Tweet Like a Pro [Lab]
The weekend is nearly here, thank goodness. It's been a crazy few weeks here in the UK. We have had two 'terror' attacks in quick succession, and today is a general election, where we get to vote for who we would like to run the country. We are also going through 'Brexit' - a named … Continue reading Fragment Friday: Dystopian future for the UK edition.
This started off as a bit of a joke, the title came from a friend (Thanks CH), it was purely a writing exercise initially, but i keep adding to it. Who knows where it will lead, but I'm enjoying it for the moment. I hope you can too. The scaffolding the man stood on towered … Continue reading Fragment Friday: Dystopian Shopping Edition
Add emotion to your writing with this award winning book…
I had some great news the other day: Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings, my thesaurus of beats that convey emotions, was an award-winning finalist in the prestigious 2017 Independent Press Awards in the Writing and Publishing category!
The competition is judged by experts from all aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. They select award Winners and Distinguished Favorites based on overall excellence. In 2017, the IPA had worldwide participation, from London to Australia, to Portugal, to Hong Kong. “Independent publishing is alive and well, and continues to gain traction worldwide,” said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.
You can check out the winners on the IPA website.
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Another month in the bag (well a month and a few days). I've been a bit hard on myself this month, as I feel like I've been dragging my feet a bit (not that I drag my feet when I’m in my wheelchair, but you get the idea). I feel like I’ve had a lot of … Continue reading Diary of an author with Multiple Sclerosis: April (Late!)
never really thought about this…
Now, when I say ‘characters you hate’, I don’t mean villains.
In fact, some of my favorite characters in pieces I’ve written and read have been villains.
What I mean when I say ‘characters you hate’, is the characters who are reprehensible pieces of crap who also (unfortunately) serve a significant purpose to the storyline.
It’s not easy to write them. That’s established.
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