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Free Kindle Book Alert!

Hey everyone!  If you haven't read "Everything I Never Said" yet, make sure to snag a *free* Kindle copy from today until Thursday, March 1st!  Make sure to leave a review if you enjoyed it!  Click HERE to check it out!

Resource: "Successful Self-Publishing" by Joanna Penn

Today is a quick post, but I wanted to share a great resource I recently discovered: "Successful Self-Publishing" by Joanna Penn, an indie author who has written several books to aid beginner indie authors and is a fiction author as well.  HERE is the link for her book. It is fantastic for the beginner author who isn't sure whether self-publishing is the right route for them, or the author who needs to expand their income sources.  It also involves some of the more legal sides of publishing and websites for inexpensive stock photos for covers, even links for design crews suitable for the beginner, budget-strapped writer.  I found this book to be very insightful for publishing resources, both in print and digitally.  She also includes information in her book about the writing resources she includes on her websites and a class she's develped specifically for indie authors.  For $7, this book is an extremely helpful guide for beginner authors who are seeking self-publis…

Romance to Make Your Readers Swoon

Happy Valentine's day, all!  In the spirit of the holiday, today we're going to explore some great resources and tips for writing a good romance.  Whether it's a sci-fi, crime drama, or plain romance novel, many books have a romantic relationship of some sort (whether it's the main focus or a side story is dependent on the plot), and each work differently.  However, there are a few do's and don'ts that can be all-encompassing.

First and foremost, let it be believable from the perspective of their pasts.  For example, someone who has dealt with a lot of loss, is very pessimistic, or simply doesn't care to be in a relationship won't fall head over heels immediately.  Perhaps the love interest is persistent and "wears them down" so to say, but your book shouldn't be a Disney movie in that they take one look at each other and fall in love immediately (unless your book is a certain style of fairytale or one for young children, in which a plot m…

Touching an Audience

It's what every writer aspires to do at least once in their life: touch their audience's lives in a way that makes their work unforgettable, to make the audience reconsider their outlook on life or make them want to call up that old family member or friend just to say 'sorry.'  And, you know, it's always a plus if your reader ends up crying, too, be it from happiness or sorrow.  While the example we'll be using isn't a book, it was still written artfully and is captivating its audience every week.  (And they're probably the reason why tissues are always sold out in stores...)
(Credit: NBC)  Ah, yes...This is Us.  If you're a fan of the show, you probably know exactly how heartwrenchingit is, and why there's just this inexplicable fascination with it.  What makes This is Us such a good story?
First of all, the story feels real.  While it is indeed fictitious, it shows an average family struggling with problems that are anything but average, but a…

The Seconds Count

Hey, everyone!  I know it's been an incredibly long time since I last posted, but college got in the way.  Yuck.  Anyway, I have plans for being a lot more active on the blog this year; not a resolution per se but a plan.  For the first post this year, we'll be talking about laying the foundation for a second book (and subsequent books) in a series you may be writing. 

When you're planning on releasing multiple books, it's important to decidehow many books you plan to release, or at least how long you believe it will take to dissect the story you're unraveling.  As a general rule, novels are roughly 70-90,000 words long, with young adult literature being roughly 50-70k in length.  Novellas are about 17,500-40,000 words and novelettes are between 7500 and 17,500 words.  If you wrote your first book in the series as a novella or novelette, it is best to continue the series as such for continuity: not only is it important for your writing, but also for your marketing …