From the pen of my friend Linda Yezak.
It seems to take an eternity to go from dream to book. I have ideas that float around in my head and never seem to navigate as far as the page, even to sketch the primary components. Others sit in loose outline form in a file on my computer, and still others, few though they are, have made it to Amazon.
For me, the hard part truly begins once the book is out there. You look at this picture, this meme, this almost-accurate graphic, and you see “Book” sitting on an iceberg, and although the reader boat is in the vicinity, it’s heading the wrong way. Smart sailing. No boat wants to collide with an iceberg. Somehow, you have to change the image to that of a welcoming tropical island. After all, islands go just as deep.
Folks who are great at marketing know how to make their books appeal…
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Some important thoughts to consider when creating your antagonist,
Every reader loves a good villain, and most writers love them too. If you rack your brain about some of the most memorable characters in books, movies, and on TV, I’d bet more than a few villains pop up.
I personally find antagonists fascinating. Sometimes I find them even more fascinating than many heroes out there, and it’s difficult for me to take my attention and shift it back where it belongs (and before you say I should make my villain my main character, I’ve already done that a few times. Great minds think alike!).
What’s interesting, though, is that when creating antagonists, more than a few writers forget the most important part.
A good antagonist isn’t necessarily just a villain at large in your story world – sometimes he or she isn’t even a bad person at all. The most important thing to remember about your antagonist is that they are…
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Some excellent points on how to make your character’s POV work in your story and some things to avoid that can work against you.
Never take the safety of your computer for granted. Back it up, back it up, back it ALL up. There are many free services to back up your data securely in the cloud. Lots of people use Dropbox or OneDrive. I use Google Drive. There are also free backup services like MozyHome (I use and recommend them). Be safe.
Guess who fell under attack this week? I tell ya–there’s nothing worse.
I was working and had to do a quick look-up on a website I’d just used earlier, but I put in .org instead of .com, and wham! I got notification that I’d been hit by a horse. It froze Google Chrome entirely. I couldn’t switch tabs, couldn’t shut down the alert, couldn’t close out the window. I opened another window, and it worked for a few minutes before the horse climbed into that stall too. Then I shut down the entire system. Turned off the computer and tried to go again.
What a nightmare.
My experience proves the importance of backing up your files on something other than your computer. If I’d limited myself to HP’s backup system, I would’ve lost everything.
It was horrible! The virus took over the system to the extent that it shut down…
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Overwhelmed by fiction-writing advice? Me too, and I’m an editor as well as a writer. Everyone and anyone who has a blog or website seems to be keen on throwing in their penny’s worth. A lot of it is genuinely good advice. But what works for them won’t necessarily be right for you.
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Today’s Self-Publishing post is part 2 of 3 in the “How to Choose What’s Right” posts. Today I will concentrate on editing and proofreading, as well as a few marketing tips I have learned. As always, feel free to ask questions and I will do my best to answer them.
Editing and Proofreading-What’s the difference?
When I first got into publishing I thought that editing and proofreading were pretty much the same. Then I heard other terms being bandied about: Line editing, copy editing, content editing, and proofreading. So, what is the difference and why are some more expensive than others?
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