Litsy is a wonderful new-ish social media platform all about books: reviews, reading challenges and games, giveaways, etc. I recommend it to readers, but I especially recommend it to authors, because it’s high interaction and relatively easy to gain a following. To get a feel for how high and how easy, click the title above to continue reading.
I often read blogs where writers are told to avoid overused expressions like the plague. That would mean that all idiomatic and figurative language are off the table. The arguments are that triteness weakens prose and that readers gloss over anything overused.
In my humble opinion, there are ways to update clichés so that they have resonance, and more often than not, end up having a humorous effect. Click the title above to continue reading.
I share Twitter pitch party tips, some general etiquette, as well as a free Excel/Google Docs template in which I’ve already added character counting formulas. Click the title above to continue reading.
My first editor, back before I switched genres, gave me some advice about believability issues in my manuscript that I’ll never forget. Click the title above to continue reading.
Marketers train their brains to think like their targeted consumers. Here are a few questions to ask yourself in order to get in the mindset of your future book buyers. Click the title above to continue reading.
The five methods I describe for brainstorming villains are most applicable if your manuscript or screenplay contains at least an element of the thriller, suspense, or horror genres. Click on the title above to continue reading.
How can you develop a self-guided marketing curriculum that A) is reasonable in terms of time commitment; B) involves the most relevant study material; C) teaches you enough to successfully market your books; and D) keeps you on top of marketplace changes? Click the title above to continue reading.