Adding Art to Your Book

Most authors plan to have an elaborate cover for their book.  We've all heard the phrase "Don't judge a book by its cover" but.... we all judge books by their covers, so making sure we have a good one for our own is at the top of our pre-publishing checklist. What about art throughout the… Continue reading Adding Art to Your Book

Content – When To Cut

You've worked diligently on your manuscript for months, maybe years, every word is where it should be, all of your scenes written perfectly to tell the tale. Right? Wrong. As you go back through to tighten up your book, it's natural to find a few things that don't flow. Maybe an idea you weaved in… Continue reading Content – When To Cut

Revisiting Inkitt

Inkitt, the online publishing platform where authors can upload their book and get readers, reviews, and feedback for free! Inkitt might even offer you a publishing deal if it looks like it has best seller potential--based off of reader analytics collected every time your readers click on your book. It sounds amazing. So how is… Continue reading Revisiting Inkitt

Dialogue Tags and Reading Culture

The greatest literary works are drowning in dialogue tags, but a lot of authors today are ditching them where ever they can. Why? Shouldn't we follow the example of the greats? It depends. To really understand why this norm has changed, you really need to understand the changing culture of reading as a pasttime. Books… Continue reading Dialogue Tags and Reading Culture

Evolution of a Manuscript: Part 2 – Microsoft Word to PDF

In Evolution of a Manuscript part 1, we discussed scribbling your first draft on the go with gmail (or anything else handy), and then transferring it to your computer to beef it up in your designated writing space. Now, the next step is to take that piece and edit, edit, edit, and edit again. In… Continue reading Evolution of a Manuscript: Part 2 – Microsoft Word to PDF

2020 – Week 10 and Tailoring Chapter/Scene Length to your Audience

I met my goal this week and tweaked my latest scene, chapter 7 scene 2 which is the subject of my "Evolution of a Scene" series, which you can read about here, and I also have my first draft of the next scene about 75% completed. I don't know if I want to tack this… Continue reading 2020 – Week 10 and Tailoring Chapter/Scene Length to your Audience

Evolution of a Manuscript: Part 1 – On-the-Go Scribble to Writing Space

I'd like to take you through my iterations of a draft, from first conception to final product.  I've chosen one paragraph to do this way and dissect--the opening of my latest scene as of 7 March 2020.  Hopefully, you will come to the determination that the final draft is a good one, and one that… Continue reading Evolution of a Manuscript: Part 1 – On-the-Go Scribble to Writing Space

2020 – Week 8

I exceeded my goal this week, tweaking my dream sequence and not only drafted the first paragraph of the next scene, but completed the draft, adding another 1041 words to my running total. My manuscript is now over 32,000 words. My goal for this week is to tweak the new scene, and run it through… Continue reading 2020 – Week 8

2020 – Week 6 “To Cut or Not to Cut”

I've made some excellent progress this week and exceeded my goal to fill in the missing pieces of the scene. The pieces are in and I've started my editing process. I'm currently on step 5. Every step reveals something that needs changing, something that doesn't look or sound right, or something that's still missing or… Continue reading 2020 – Week 6 “To Cut or Not to Cut”

2020 – Week 5 and “Agent Killers”

I was able to get all 3 scenes edited and sent to a peer to review. I did add in a few more paragraphs to two of the scenes to add a bit more depth, and one of them now reminds the reader of a small detail in an earlier scene and hopefully makes it… Continue reading 2020 – Week 5 and “Agent Killers”