Deb Kastner teaches us about one of her favorite ways to market her books: Facebook takeovers. This is a fun, free way to build your brand, and generate interest in your book!
This post is about principles on how to revise for your reader’s experience I’m staring at my WIP—work in progress. It’s final edits time. Fish or cut bait. It’s time to make all those...
I wrote one blog on the tools one can use for productivity before at and all of those tools still stand. They’re all great. What I found was that I used too many at once and that didn’t end up working well for me as I spent more time inputting and checking off than was necessary.
“…the bearded merchants in furred robes conversing quietly as they picked their way along the slimy stones above the water, the fishermen unloading their catch, coopers pounding and shipmakers hammering and clamsellers singing and shipmasters bellowing, and beyond all the silent, shining bay.”
You’ve finished your first novel, sent it through the wringer of your critique group or chosen beta readers, and tweaked it again and again. Nerves rioting, you’ve decided set it free into the reading world. You’re standing in the open doorway and the paths before you are numerous. You notice a passing author out for a stroll with their third, or was it tenth, book at their side. You clear your throat and timidly ask, “Which road is the one to Publication City?”
According to story consultant Michael Hauge, your job as a storyteller is to create images. Your readers, viewers, or listeners want to picture who is doing what. To succeed at that, all the elements of your story need to be clear and vivid. However, some writers have trouble developing unique characters that jump off the page.
Many authors think it’s enough to get their book into the hands of their publisher, and the publisher will do the rest. But actually, in today’s market, it’s essential that the author understand how to engage their audience directly. Once you know who your audience is…