Do you listen when people talk? I mean, do you hear their voice and can tell from their accent or dialect where they come from? Perhaps you try to suppress your own accent or dialect when speaking in public.
You think you don't have an accent? Just move to a different part of the country--or to a different country--and your accent will come out.
What happens when you're writing and you have a character and you want them to sound…Continue
I read many manuscripts where very little detail or description is given. I think many authors are (mistakenly) told that readers don't want too many details because they don't want to have things dictated to them. Readers want to use their imagination to fill in the blanks.
That's bunk. While too much detail and description can bog down the pace of a story, the reader still needs adequate description to frame the…Continue
NancyKay Sullivan Wessman is the author of Katrina, Mississippi: Voices from Ground Zero. This week, she tells of her [REALITY CHECK], which is basically, what do you do after you have written your book?
Like Karl Malden used to ask: "What'll you do? What WILL you…Continue
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Stephen King, Anne Rice, Nora Roberts, and Tom Clancy. Even if you’ve never read their work, you know that King writes horror, Rice writes paranormal (mostly vampires), Roberts writes romance, and Clancy writes espionage thrillers.
Despite the different genres, these authors all have something in common. They are brands—personal brands—and their names have become synonymous with what they write. You can do the same…Continue
As promised, this week on [REALITY CHECK] is the follow-up post of LeTeisha Newton's "Interracial Writers and the Problems We Face."
If you write about or have…Continue
This week on [REALITY CHECK] is the first of a 2-part guest blog by international bestselling author LeTeisha Newton. It's an issue that affects me and I'm sure it touches many other writers too, whether they know it or not.
The topic of race is the elephant in the room. Recent, major…Continue
How? By not being able to let go of their work. Every word and sentence is too precious to delete and too important to the story in its entirety.
We all have written things that are very close and personal to our hearts, but believe me when I say that once you've gone through the editing process and it's been published and out for a while, you will…Continue
It's happened to me. I was outed on the job by someone who worked in a different department, and considering the novel in question is an erotic romance, it made things weird. Especially since the person who found out said they would never read such "filth"...or did…Continue
Recently, Brooke Warner wrote "3 Good Reasons to Keep Your Book Shorter Than 80,000 Words."
The main reason being that doing this can make your manuscript more…Continue
Could the days of making big (if not easy) money selling your ebooks through Amazon be over?
If you have ebooks on sale through Amazon and participate in Kindle Unlimited and/or the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, chances are you have become aware of the change with regard to your Kindle…Continue
Writing the words your characters say may be easy, but it isn't always easy conveying your character's "voice." I have edited a lot of writers whose characters all sound the same, and if you get a group of them in a single scene, it can be confusing to keep track of who says what.
What your characters…Continue
When I started moving deeper in publishing circles as an author and a publisher, I began to meet a lot of wonderful authors, publishers, artists, and others in the industry. I like to say that I’m friends with many of them and even good…Continue
This is perhaps one of the realest reality checks I've presented in my column. Returning She Writer, Trisha Faye presents the early days of her foray into starting her career as a full-time writer. Warts and all.
If anything, it…Continue
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Last week, Catharine Bramkamp talked about…Continue
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I have been very lucky by having guests…Continue
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This week, my friend, fellow author, and She Writer L. G. O'Connor is summarizing her first year's experience of being a published author. The following blog post is what inspired me to start this blog a few years ago.
I published my debut novel in 2008 and…Continue
This week on [REALLITY CHECK] and in honor of the tax season, we will be discussing one of the less-glamorous topics to be found in publishing: taxes! Or, to be more specific, the European Union Value Added Tax aka EU VAT.
If you are an independent author or a small publisher and sell ebooks online, you need to…Continue
Kathleen Kaska is an award-winning mystery author. Her Sydney Lockhart Mystery Series is set in the 1950s and features the plucky "girl" reporter and sleuth of the…Continue
Enter the book trailer.
A good book trailer is like going to the theater and seeing a movie trailer that leaves you counting the days until the…Continue