Foreshadowing and Breadcrumbs

When writing fiction, in particular, and sometimes real life stories, the art of foreshadowing can pull the reader through your story. You want to pull your reader through your entire book, because then, your reader will have read your whole book. Foreshadowing Definition—To present an indication or suggestion beforehand or to foretell an event before it happens. For example: On a dark, and stormy night, the girl shivered under her covers. This is somewhat of a cliché opening for many novels. Read more [...]

How to Write a Good Hook

A good hook not only intrigues us and peaks our interest but also frustrates and gives you a sense of urgency that causes you to read further. According to Writer’s Digest, this is a simple formula. “Create the stakes (and the suspense) in your story. Show your reader something she wants, and then threaten it.”   A good example would be: The elderly woman now on oxygen answered the phone to a Jaimacan-speaking man telling her she had won 10 million dollars. Miss Ida Mae and her Read more [...]

Questions for Building a Fantasy World

Does this world resemble Earth? Do the laws of nature and physics differ in this world? Is magic present in this world? How do you know? What part does magic play in this world? What do the people look like in this world? Do they look like humans, elves or dwarfs? What is the culture and ethnic diversity in this world? How old is this world? Did the people of this world evolve or did they come from another world…where? Are there a lot of people in this world? What sort of villages, Read more [...]

The Writer’s Platform

No, a Writer’s Platform is not the kind of platform that you stand upon, at least, not literally. Let’s take the image of a platform, stage, podium, dais, or display raised area and think about it more metaphorically. The Writer’s Platform is basically all the things you are doing to market yourself. These days, you call it your brand. Everything you do should be to build your brand. I know, I know, I’m talking about you as the brand. How can you sell yourself as a writer, isn’t it enough Read more [...]

Writing for Young Adults

Writing Irrisitible Kidlit by Mary Kole from Writer’s Digest Books ( discusses everything from target audience to. To write for the young adult reader, Kole writes, “Remember the electricity of adolescence? You have your first love, your first seriously bad decision, your first moment of profound pride, the first time you’re a hero.” Young adults (YA) like most genres. Fantasy is big with the YA market, but so is romance. One of the biggest errors that writers who want Read more [...]

Self-Publishing vs Indie Publishing

There is still a lot of question in some people's minds about what the difference is between indie publishing and self-publishing. Indie publishing and self-publishing can sometimes be considered the same. However, as a self-published author, you are normally paying a "vanity" press, which charges you for every process. Vanity publishing often means that you pay and pay and pay for the privilege of someone else making money on your work. They operate a lot like a traditional publisher with the exception Read more [...]

Becoming Your Own Book Designer

Self-publish and become a Book Designer, as well. Don’t let that scare you! It’s really not as hard as you think. What size book do you want to create? Some standard sizes are 6-inches by 9-inches or 7-inches by 10-inches. Being your own Book Designer can actually be quite fun! Who better to design your book than you! After all, you’re the one that birthed this creation into being. Why give it up for adoption to someone who hasn’t been intimately involved like you have been. Editing, on Read more [...]

How to Market a Book

As an author, you want to write and publish, but you’d also like to sell your books. To sell anything, you have to market it. Even as an author, you have to market! You cannot get there on your name, because as an Indie or Self-Published author, you don’t yet have a “name.” Traditional Publishers often organize book tours, which is great, but that’s the most expensive way to market. As an Indie Publisher, you probably don’t have that kind of money, and the truth is even if you did, Read more [...]

Writing Your Elevator Speech

Your ELEVATOR SPEECH is a short version of your sales pitch, a description of your main product, or service, and who you are. Your ELEVATOR SPEECH is a fundamental element of marketing your business. It’s a very short version and as its name implies, this needs to be so compact that you can deliver it on an average elevator ride, approximately 30-60 seconds. The number one thing we must look at, however, is your audience. Equally important is the hook that you use to pull your listener into Read more [...]

Self-Publishing Growing Breed

There's a new world awaiting for those who are writing and publishing today. Only a few years ago, your best bet was to get an agent and get published with a Publishing House. If you self-published, there was a huge stigma attached to self-publishers akin to that of the Scarlet Letter. Not so, today! Self-publishers are among a growing breed of indie publishers. You can publish under your own small press. You might just publish under the demand printer, or you can still duke it out with agents Read more [...]

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