Prepublishing, Tips & Tricks

Critique Groups Away From FB

Social media has a lot of perks, but it also comes with a downside. It's a rabbit hole of information and various interests, and it's easy to get caught up in various things. To help reduce that itch to explore when you're supposed to be working on your WIPs, here are some recommended critique groups.… Continue reading Critique Groups Away From FB

Tips & Tricks

5-Alarm Heat for Romance

Romance works have long been on the forefront of changes in the writing world. The readership is one of the largest by genre, and that hunger functions in books as porn has for the evolution in film. Romance books are a spectrum of heat from sweet and clean to 5-alarm and spicy. There isn't a… Continue reading 5-Alarm Heat for Romance

Tips & Tricks

What the Plot

What the Plot?! created by Writing Prompts This was a limited-run crafted game from the social media icon Writing Prompts (FB, Instagram, Tumblr). For those who aren't familiar with writing prompts, they are ideas for stories. It really isn't much more complicated than that. https://www.instagram.com/p/B_H142pH06M/ They're not always so creepy. Some are downright adorable, like… Continue reading What the Plot

Tips & Tricks

How Important Are First Lines?

As writers, we hear frequently how "important" that first sentence is. Examples of what are passed around as "first line musts" Must be unique and memorable.Must be vivid.Must be truthful, funny, scary, etc any emotion.Tells the reader the genreIntroduces all the main characters.Make the reader care. It's the magical key that keeps a reader reading… Continue reading How Important Are First Lines?

Prepublishing, Tips & Tricks

Working with Editors

Working with editors is a hard leg on the journey of publishing. From finding recommendations, vetting their abilities, and paying for their services, it can be a complicated ride for a novice. If you’ve tried using Google, you’ve probably made your head spin from what type of editing is needed to the roller coaster of prices… Continue reading Working with Editors

Author Presence, Post Publishing, Tips & Tricks

Pirating Sites—The Rampant Rash of Writers

From small fries to world renown authors, pirating and plagiarism go hand in hand. Some "writers" take snippets and weave it into a story while others just straight up copy an entire book and claim they wrote it. Thousands of readers flock to pirating sites that remind us of Napster or LimeWire (for those too… Continue reading Pirating Sites—The Rampant Rash of Writers