Writing a plot twist can be tricky.
Plot twists are meant to surprise your readers--to turn them into a completely different plot direction. But, the tricky thing is, the twist has to not only be smart but believable while keeping them interested in the story. You don't want to write a ridiculous plot twist that will make your readers go "That's unrealistic." You want them to take the plot twist seriously and to keep reading your book.
Your plot twist needs to leave…
Added by Ashley Earley on June 26, 2016 at 1:48pm — No Comments
Title: Am I Going To Be Okay? Weathering the Storms of Mental Illness, Addiction and Grief
Author: Debra Whittam
Publisher: Turning Point International
Genre: Memoir/Women’s Psychology/Applied Psychology
Am I Going To Be…Continue
Added by Dorothy Thompson on June 23, 2016 at 7:14am — No Comments
June 21, 2016 (Minneapolis, MN) – Authors Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss announced today that they will be holding several upcoming signing and discussion events in the Minneapolis area for their new book, B.S.,…Continue
Added by Kelsey McBride on June 21, 2016 at 12:55pm — No Comments
We’re talking to authors from all walks of life about their experiences in publishing their book. Some have smooth paths, some rocky, but they all share a common goal – to see their name on the cover of their creation. It’s interesting to read what path they decided to take to get there and my guest today is here to tell everyone what he/she did in order to make it all happen so that other writers will learn a little something from the experience.
Added by Dorothy Thompson on June 21, 2016 at 8:09am — No Comments
The other day I received a call from my friend Kristen, who recently opened her own business in the wedding-planning industry. She remembered that close friends of mine had recently been featured in the Vows section of the New York Times, and she wanted to know if an introduction to the reporter who wrote the piece would be possible.
While I'm still working on getting that contact for Kristen, I was impressed by her willingness to reach out to her network in order to help…Continue
Added by Maria Murnane on June 20, 2016 at 11:01am — No Comments
We’re talking to authors from all walks of life about their experiences in publishing their book. Some have smooth paths, some rocky, but they all share a common goal – to see their name on the cover of their creation. It’s interesting to read what path they decided to take to get there and my guest today is here to tell everyone what she did in order to make it all happen so that other writers will learn a little something from her experience.
Added by Dorothy Thompson on June 17, 2016 at 8:04am — No Comments
For some reason that I have yet to uncover, over the past week I've received several emails that all say more or less the same thing. Here are snippets of three of them:
Dear Maria Murnane, I have recently come across your book, Wait for the Rain, available on Audible and on Amazon, and due to both its quality and plot, it qualifies to be promoted in our community of readers.
Hi Maria, I hope you don't mind me reaching out, but I wanted to say that I think…Continue
Added by Maria Murnane on June 13, 2016 at 4:02pm — No Comments
As I evaluate my progress over the past two years in the world of independent publishing and mark off checklists (website –check, blog – check, email capture – check, newsletter – check, professional cover designs – check, copy-editor – check, beta-readers – check) there is one area where I am sadly lacking – book…Continue
Added by Patricia Robertson on June 13, 2016 at 11:41am — No Comments
In Al-thar, (Arabic:revenge) Brent is living a tranquil life on the peaceful Philippine island of Masbate. But the FBI's witness protection plan is not enough when you have destroyed the plans of the world's most feared terrorist group-an assassin is on the way, and his plans are far worse than a simple bullet…Continue
Added by Dorothy Thompson on June 13, 2016 at 6:23am — No Comments
As you write your book, you might be considering to publish it once you're done writing and polishing your masterpiece, but the last thing on your mind is how much it might cost.
When you start to get serious about self-publishing though, you might start to realize that it takes a lot of time, detail, patience, and more than a few dollars to prepare your book for publication. You have to pay for getting your book copyrighted, you have to hire a book cover artist or…Continue
Added by Ashley Earley on June 11, 2016 at 8:29am — No Comments
Why does embarking on a new chapter in my writing life feel like both a birth and a rebirth? Part of the answer is obvious: there is a lot of labor involved, a lot of figurative blood, and real sweat and tears. When I began writing, I was a child creating illustrated poetry books, which were a secondary outlet for my ever-present need to express myself. Those first efforts rhymed. Later, as a 7th grader, I turned to haiku and got my first accolades: an Honorable Mention in…Continue
Added by Roselee Blooston on June 1, 2016 at 7:38am — No Comments
Ready for some awesome news?
I’m in the process of publishing another book!
It sort of just happened, but I’m glad I jumped into this. I’m constantly looking for book covers, even if I’m not interested in publishing a book yet, so that was what I was doing this weekend when I came across a cover that I absolutely fell in love with and had to have, right then and there.
After I wrote The Darkest Light, I started another book that I set in Paris about a girl that…
Added by Ashley Earley on May 30, 2016 at 8:06pm — No Comments
We’re talking to authors from all walks of life about their experiences in publishing their book. Some have smooth paths, some rocky, but they all share a common goal – to see their name on the cover of their creation. It’s interesting to read what path they decided to take to get there and my guest today is here to tell everyone what he did in order to make it all happen so that other writers will learn a little something from the experience.
Title: SUPER SIZED SUCCESS: 9 Steps to Maximum Riches in Minimum Time
Author: Linda Zander, The Success Packager
Publisher: MAXAR Press
Genre: Non-Fiction: Success/Personal Development/Self-Help/Business & Money
Added by Dorothy Thompson on May 22, 2016 at 11:09am — No Comments
Added by Kalisha Buckhanon on May 21, 2016 at 8:13pm — No Comments
Last fall I had an interesting encounter with an indie author, and it inspired me to write a post for this space. At the time of our meeting he gave me a little postcard about the book he had written, so after I finished the blog I fished out the postcard so I could send him a link. The postcard, however, didn't have…Continue
Added by Maria Murnane on May 16, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments
I launched Rants Raves & Reviews in July 1997. It was the first website I ever designed. This was back before “blogging” was even a thing. I loved reading and I wanted to have a way of promoting the books I read that I thought deserved more publicity.
Over time, I changed to an e-zine (short for electronic magazine) format, rebranding the website as berniE-zine: Book Reviews & More. When my website hosting…Continue
I receive a lot of messages from readers of this blog, which I always enjoy. Lately I've noticed that more and more of you are utilizing your email signatures as an indirect way to promote your work. I think that's a great strategy and have suggested it more than once in this space, so it makes me think (hope!) that people are taking my advice.
Many of the signatures I see, however, are kind of out of control. I've seen signatures that include…Continue
Added by Maria Murnane on May 2, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments