For the past year or so I've been working on a new novel, and this one has caused me a lot of angst--and stress. I realize now that the main reason I've had so many problems is that I didn't spend enough time thinking about the protagonist before I started writing. I figured (hoped) she would evolve into a believable, empathetic character as I wrote, but she never really did. The result was a first draft with a heroine who seemed...not real.…Continue
I get that marketing is a foreign language to many authors, and even those who are familiar with it don't usually enjoy it. But if you want people who aren't your friends and family to buy your book, it's something you simply have to do.
If right now you're saying to yourself, I want to kick-start my marketing campaign, but what specifically should I do?, here are some suggestions--some broad and some granular--that should get you going:
In the past I've blogged about how giving your characters quirks helps make them seem like real people. The same can be said for peppering your manuscript with the occasional detail. Adding descriptive nuggets such as colors, sounds or smells enriches the picture forming in your readers' minds, which draws them into the story. And that's exactly what you want to happen--you want your readers to…Continue
Today I'd like to give a little refresher course on two sets of similar words that can be a little tricky. Here we go:
Imply vs. Infer
To imply means to suggest or indicate something without actually saying so: