Just because you’re writing for kids doesn’t mean it’s going to be an easy ride. On the contrary, children are some of the harshest critics. It needs as much thought and consideration as a book for adults, if not more! I’ve put together a collection of tips and thoughts from my experience of self-publishing a… Continue reading Top Tips for Creating a Children’s Picture Book
I want to thank Lex for writing this guest post for me. Read my review of Lex’s book, The Curly-tailed Cat. Many self-published authors, especially newer authors, have noticed that getting reviews for their books is becoming increasingly difficult. Many book bloggers and Youtubers aren’t even accepting new books right now because they’re drowning in… Continue reading Five Ways to Get Book Reviews in 2016 by Lexington Alexander
I know there are lots of blog posts about this topic and lots of writers worrying about this issue, but let me show a different perspective on the matter. This blog post idea came to me from a friend who recently self-published her debut novel All Things Unholy. I edited this book. I am not… Continue reading Dealing with Negative Reviews, Why it’s good to have a team.
Recently I’ve been in a writing slump. This is similar to writer’s block in the way that I wanted to write, I had story ideas, but every time I opened up the Word Doc or looked at my printed MS I didn’t know how to proceed and what to do to make it better. I’m blaming… Continue reading 4 Tips to Beat the Writing Slump
One of my readers made an interesting comment on the romantic subplot in one of my stories. This particular reader was an older woman and not interested in sappy love stories or erotic scenes. She brought up the point that romance doesn’t need to be either of those things; A romance can bloom without the characters… Continue reading 11 Tips on Writing Romance
Fight scenes are good to add drama and conflict in your story. I gathered these tips from my own experience and from useful writing websites. When writing a fight scene the most important thing to bear in mind is what’s at stake. You might have a really action packed adventure but if there’s no stakes,… Continue reading 9 Tips for Writing Fight Scenes
If we think about what makes a person we get; ‘A person is built up of the people and situations that surround them.’ We are influenced by the people in our lives and we develop based on the situations we find ourselves in. This should be no different from fictional characters. A good way to… Continue reading Writing Tip – What Makes a Character?
Every writer who’s ever been published will have accepted rejection somewhere along the line, whether it’s one rejection or more than 100 rejections. It’s not always easy but there are things you can do to help reduce the amount of rejections you get. One is to be prepared. Research the people you query: Do they… Continue reading Submissions and Rejections in Traditional Publishing
As a writer, particularly if you’re just starting out, it’s imperative that you have someone else look at your work. It’s important to get a pair of ‘fresh eyes’ to tell you what’s good and where it goes wrong and how to make it better. A writer should always encourage readers for feedback and constructive comments. When… Continue reading How to Give Constructive Criticism to Another Writer
Any fantasy writer who uses magic in their world needs to consider how the magic works, and the different types of magic your characters can use. When I was a kid I spent many hours playing Final Fantasy so I know how to use different magic in a tactical fight. Depending on your characters strengths… Continue reading Tactical Magic Casting for Magicians and Magical Beings