You know your book so well -- and you've now read so many edits and copy edits and galleys -- that you might think everyone does. But they don't. Let your audience know who the characters are and their relationship to one another.
I won't let go of the closers. I must admit, I'm obsessed. I just continually see nonsense and I can't help myself. When will I rest content? I guess when the baseball world abandons this newly-minted position and the teams use whom they think are their best relievers when it really matters instead of wasting them in the ninth-inning when most times it doesn't.
I speak and work to promote authors online and almost all of them feel that their needs are not supported by their publishers. As someone who has worked in-house, I know how hard everyone works and how passionate they are about their books. So I wonder why there is this disconnect?
This Sunday over 50k runners will be running the New York City marathon. Along the streets at any given point spectators will be cheering on thousan...
Do you ever dream of one day seeing the fictional characters you created being portrayed by real actors on TV or the movie screen? Think it's only a daydream or wishful thinking? Is it possible that it will ever happen? It can, and does, happen.
If I'm feeling a bit too confident and need an instant dose of humility, I read some bad reviews about my latest book. This self-inflicted pain is sure to temporarily destroy my positive attitude and slaughter the pretentious belief that I am a writer.
The hardest part of transitioning to authorship is suddenly realizing all the things you need to do and you scramble at the last minute. As an author pointed out on yesterday's panel of "Becoming an Author" - "suddenly, the small things like getting an author headshot and preparing a bio become big, huge things."
Authors are true individuals when it comes to our art. Our writing may be heavily influenced by our everyday experiences or our vivid imaginations may fuel what we write. And while a combination of the two may be mixed together in the stories we tell, it is evident that each author will draw more from one area than the other.
As an author, I love talking to readers. Whether that's at book club discussions, or through my website or Goodreads, I get a lot of wonderful feedback and tons of great questions.
I've been blessed to become friends with a number of local authors, such as the generous and wickedly funny Holly Robinson. Holly's latest book came out October 6, and she was kind enough to take a few minutes to talk with me about it.
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So many of us ask ourselves this question throughout our lives. And many of us try to get that book out, writing a few or many pages that often end up forgotten in a drawer or a computer file, never to be seen or read (unless you're Harper Lee).
The chance to compete for something you care about. The opportunity to work hard. The time and space to make something of value. Those acts and those moments are the real prize, not the result that comes afterward.
There has been an odd public discussion recently about writers, specifically novelists, who are too prolific, as if such abundance was a quality that diminished the nature and substance of the author's output.
I realize celebrities have faced rejection in their careers however, a publishing house sees a celebrity as instant cash because of their fame. They already have a fan base and readers will buy the book solely based on the name and not the quality of the story.
Spend time crafting and perfecting your book so your storytelling shines. Invest in a high quality editor who is well-versed in your genre and can help take your book to the next level.