Friday, December 2

We're Ready for Revision Pre-Flight: 10 Self-Editing Tips

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

This week's Refresher Friday takes an updated peek at getting ready for revisions. Enjoy!

Even if you love revising (like me), the thought of diving into a revision can be overwhelming. If you don't enjoy doing it, it can be downright soul crushing. Where do you start? What do you look for? How do you know when you're done?

To help make the process easier, here are my top ten tips to give you a place to start, a map to follow, and a guide to get you through your revision.

Thursday, December 1

Indie Publishing Paths: What’s Your Newsletter Plan? Part Five


By Jami Gold, @JamiGold

Part of the Indie Authors Series

So far in this Indie Publishing Paths series, we first focused on how to decide which path will work best for us. We figured out our goals and priorities so that when we’re ready to put our book up for sale, we could decide on:

Wednesday, November 30

You've Finished NaNoWriMo: Now What?

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Pulling from the archives again with some tips on what to do when you finish your NaNo novel this evening. My eyes are feeling better finally, so I should be back to normal next week.

A big congratulations to all the NaNo'ers out there who made it through the month. No matter how many words you wrote, rejoice that you dedicated time to writing.

Now that it's over (or soon to be depending on your time zone), here are some suggestions on what to do next:

Tuesday, November 29

Playing With Personification

By Bonnie Randall 

Part of the How They Do It Series (Monthly Contributor)


By definition, personification is the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman. In literature, examples of personification number in the thousands, and each of us could present many of our own favorite examples of this device, (one of mine being Stephen King’s (not-so-sweet) ride, Christine).

Why personification works, as opposed to how to craft it, is the topic of this month’s article. When considered at base level, the idea that a place, object, or idea could be emboldened as a person seems not just absurd, but wholly unbelievable. Yet it works incredibly well in novels like Christine or movies like the soon-to-be released Collateral Beauty. Why?

Monday, November 28

The End is Near: What Makes a Good Ending

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Due to some severe eye strain, I'll be pulling from the archives a little longer (sorry folks, doctor's orders to stay off the computer as much as possible until my eyes heal). With many on the final days of NaNo, let's look at some help on endings. Enjoy!

Some writers have troubles with beginnings, or more commonly, middles, but for me, it’s endings. I tend to rush them once I get close, summarizing instead of letting things build to the big bang. I always have to rewrite them, usually several times before I get them right. I’ve given up trying to figure out why I do this, and have just accepted it as part of my process. Maybe one day I’ll solve this riddle, but for now, I just follow the same revision plan each time. Which are really things I ought to do in the first draft, but it never seems to work out that way.

Thursday, November 24

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I'm taking a few days off for the holiday, so enjoy one of my favorite Thanksgiving chuckles.


Wednesday, November 23

14 Words That Are Hurting Your Writing

By Melissa Allen

Part of the How They Do It Series


It's always handy to have a list of common trouble words that muck up our writing, especially while editing. Please help me welcome Melissa Allen to the podium today to share her list of words to avoid in your writing.


Melissa is a creative writer and an English language tutor. She is also studying programming and digital marketing features. In her free time she writes guest articles.

Take it away Melissa...

Tuesday, November 22

3 Key Elements of Successful Pitching

By Vivian Conroy @VivWrites

Part of the How They Do It Series

Pitching a novel can be a terrifying experience, but if you prepare before you pitch, you not only settle the nerves, but increase your chances of success. Please help me welcome Vivian Conroy to the podium today, to share her thoughts on pitching a novel series.

Hooked on mystery since she read her first Agatha Christie at thirteen, Vivian Conroy writes the Lady Alkmene Callender 1920s' mysteries for an imprint of HarperCollins. Book 1, A PROPOSAL TO DIE FOR -- described by reviewers as 'a cross between Downton Abbey and Miss Marple' and 'an exciting, humorous and fabulously witty voyage'-- was released on September 19 and is available through Amazon, BN.com, Kobo, Ibooks, and Google Play.

Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Take it away Vivian...

Monday, November 21

What Are Your Characters Thankful For?

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

With Thanksgiving coming up (or just passed for our friends in the North), I thought it would be fun to take a minute and think about the things our characters might be thankful for.

When we create our story people, we often focus more on the problems, the flaws, and the things that make them unhappy—because that’s where there best conflicts and plotting opportunities usually come from. But it’s also important to consider what will make our characters go through all those horrible things we throw in their paths.

Friday, November 18

Pointers for Punching Up Your Prose

By Lucienne Diver, @LucienneDiver

Part of the How They Do It Series


I think every writer enjoys a handy list of ways to improve their writing (I know I do). Lucienne Diver visits the lecture hall today to share a few of the things she sees as both an agent and an author, and what we can do to avoid making the same mistakes.

Lucienne is the author of the VAMPED young adult series—think Clueless meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer—and the LATTER-DAY OLYMPIANS urban fantasy series from Samhain, which Long and Short Reviews calls “a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan”. Her short stories have appeared in the KICKING IT anthology edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price (Roc Books), the STRIP-MAULED and FANGS FOR THE MAMMARIES anthologies edited by Esther Friesner (Baen Books), and her essay “Abuse” was published in DEAR BULLY: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperCollins). Her first young adult suspense novel, FAULTLINES releases from Bella Rosa Books.

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Take it away Lucienne...