Thursday, March 23

Vendor Spotlight: Pronoun. Distribution Beyond Amazon

By Angela Quarles, @AngelaQuarles

Part of the Indie Author Series


Many have expressed frustration with going wide on platforms other than Amazon, with much of it centering on how daunting it is to navigate the different interfaces on B&N, iBooks, Kobo, or even with the interfaces on distributors to these places like Smashwords and Draft2Digital.

I thought I'd spotlight a relatively new entrant into the distributor arena: Pronoun. Pronoun currently distributes to the following retailers: Amazon, Apple iBooks, B&N, Kobo, and Google Play.

Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-Three: Smooth Any Rough Transitions

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Welcome to Day Twenty-Three of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop. Up until now, we’ve been adding and tweaking our stories, focusing more on getting the missing information in, and cutting the unnecessary information out. Odds are we’ve gotten some scenes a little messy, but the overall novel is working from a plot, character, and scene to scene standpoint. Now is the time to tighten things back up.

Now that our characters are talking and thinking clearly, it’s time to make sure our scenes and transitions are moving through the novel just as smoothly.

Today, we’ll look at our transitions and see if there are any rough or jarring areas between scenes and ideas.

Wednesday, March 22

Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-Two: Sharpen the Hooks and Tighten the Pacing

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Welcome to Day Twenty-Two of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop. Up until now, we’ve been adding and tweaking our stories, focusing more on getting the missing information in, and cutting the unnecessary information out. Odds are we’ve gotten some scenes a little messy, but the overall novel is working from a plot, character, and scene to scene standpoint. Now is the time to tighten things back up.

Now that our characters sound good inside and out, let’s pull back and focus on the little things that keep readers reading.

Today, we’ll take a look at our hooks and how the novel’s pacing works.

Tuesday, March 21

Are You Creating Complexity or Chaos in Your Writing?

By Shanna Swendson, @ShannaSwendson

Part of the How They Do It Series


JH: A good novel has a lot of moving parts, and it's easy to think more means better. But that isn't always the case. Please help me welcome Shanna Swendson to the lecture hall today, to share some thoughts on complexity vs. chaos in our writing.

Shanna Swendson is the author of the Enchanted, Inc. and Fairy Tale contemporary fantasy series and the Rebel Mechanics steampunk series. Her next book, REBELS RISING, the third book in the Rebel Mechanics series, will be published April 4.

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Take it away Shanna...

Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-One: Streamline the Internalization

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Welcome to Day Twenty-One of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop. Up until now, we’ve been adding and tweaking our stories, focusing more on getting the missing information in, and cutting the unnecessary information out. Odds are we’ve gotten some scenes a little messy, but the overall novel is working from a plot, character, and scene to scene standpoint. Now is the time to tighten things back up.

Yesterday we worked on streamlining our dialogue, and our characters’ conversations should now be tight, entertaining, and informative. Next we’ll shift to our interior conversations.

Today, the focus is on internalization.

Monday, March 20

Revision Workshop: Day Twenty: Streamline the Dialogue

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Welcome to Day Twenty of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop. Up until now, we’ve been adding and tweaking our stories, focusing more on getting the missing information in, and cutting the unnecessary information out. Odds are we’ve gotten some scenes a little messy, but the overall novel is working from a plot, character, and scene to scene standpoint. Now is the time to tighten things back up.

Dialogue makes up a sizable chunk of a novel, but it’s also a common area to find weak prose. We let our characters ramble on, give them unrealistic things to say, and even steal their unique voices from them.

Today, let’s take a closer look at our dialogue and make sure our story people sound as good as they look.