This is a question most indie authors would ask themselves at some stage. From the research I’ve done, pre-selling your book before it is released can give you the opportunity to begin building buzz and anticipation. You could get a jump start in sales and start building a fan base. In theory, by the time … Read moreIs it worth trying to pre-sell a book?
In my last post I reported that I have finally finished writing The Lion Gods. That was on 13 February and I have put it aside for two weeks before I start the editing phase. But what have I been doing in the meantime? Well, some years ago a friend showed me how to use … Read moreWriting Notebook or Virtual Notebook
With my recent decision to scrap a couple of projects I’ve been working on, one in particular, I’ve been thinking about what projects I’m going to concentrate on now. Not being one for working on too many projects at a time, I’ve decided to go with two manuscripts. One is a much loved project that … Read more30 Days of WorldBuilding
Life has been busy and I haven’t had time to do much of anything lately, especially do the internet rounds and check up on my fellow writers. Today, however, I decided to correct that and have been doing the rounds. The first stop was Benjamin Solah’s website. He’s getting ready to participate in this year’s … Read moreTo Plan or Not to Plan
Resuming work after a nice break is always difficult, but it has to be done if food is going to be put on the table. Today, I returned to work after a break of almost three weeks. *sigh* However, I won’t dwell on that. Let me tell you what I’ve been doing – in terms … Read moreTiddlyWiki
I was recently at Jim Butcher’s blog – author of the Dresden Files. There is a lot to read there, but I was especially interested in the article about using an arc to plan a story. His suggestion is to simply draw an arc on a piece of paper. Naturally, the beginning of the arc … Read morePlanning a Scene
If you visit a lot of writers’ websites, you’ll soon find a large majority of them openly admit to starting more stories than they finish. There are several reasons for this, but I’m going to talk about only one of those reasons today – the lure of a new project. Yesterday, after a strong fight … Read moreThe Lure of a New Project
by Jared Myers The “RL Technique” J K Rowling uses to grab readers by the eyeballs and forces them to re-read her books again and again. I’ll show you how it practically gives away all her best kept secrets and how you can use it to keep your own readers hanging on your every word. … Read moreThe “RL Technique” J.K. Rowling Uses To Hook Her Readers