Book Trends in 2019

One thing that self-pub and traditional-pub authors alike need to pay attention to is the book trends for the year.  They don’t have to write their books to follow those trends, of course, but it’s always good to be aware…

On Writing Support Groups

Honestly the title of this blog post should be, “On Writing Support Groups and What to Watch Out For,” because not all writing groups provide the support you deserve or even need.  I’ve been involved in quite a few writing groups: at conferences, at homeschool group clubs, ones that meet monthly, family, and then of course the beta reader system I’ve created…

Self-Publishing Your Novel: Formatting Tips & Fun Stuff

Hey, guys!  In this post, we’re going to discuss the Cover, the Copyright Page, the Dedication, the Acknowledgements, and then the Extra Goodies that a lot of authors have started to stick in the very back of their books…

Marketing Ideas & Strategies for Aspiring Authors

Today I wanted to discuss some marketing strategies and ideas with you guys.  This post is probably going to be more geared toward writers that are looking to self-pub or have already self-published a novel or two, but I hope that no matter what publishing path you’re looking at, you’ll be able to take some of these strategies into consideration!

On Characters

Here are the topics we’ll be discussing in today’s post: Character Development, Keeping Character Voices Distinct, How to Manage Multiple/Differing Point of Views.

Pantsing vs. Outlining

Every author has a different method they follow for their pre-writing process.  There are those of us that love our detailed outlines, those of us that love to write by the seat of our pants (hence the name “Pantser”), and those of us that like to be caught in between, where maybe an outline gets written but there’s not a lot of detail so the imagination can take flight…

My Pre-Writing Process

When coming up with the topics for this blog event, I was asked to share about my outlining methods.  It’s a wonderful topic, but I’ll admit that at first I felt pretty confused.  How would I go about discussing my outlining methods?  Did I even have methods?  And the more I thought about what goes into my outlining process, the more I realized that my outlining methods encompass more than just the outline for my story…