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Since starting Thayer Literary Services, a book editing business, in 1997 and after reading what seems like a gazillion first novels, I have seen the same mistakes over and over again. After a while I started calling them “the usual suspects.” I have considered collecting them into a book, but I thought that seeing so many of…Continue
Added by Paul Thayer on July 7, 2018 at 1:57pm — No Comments
For those of you who already know the answer to the question at hand, I applaud you.
But there are a few who might be wondering why, in fact, one would ever worry about editing. Two schools of thought rally around this subject. Some of you might be thinking one or both of the following:
Added by Marie Lavender on July 1, 2018 at 3:05pm — No Comments
It is a writer’s worst fear – what they call ‘writer’s block’. Being frozen when you intend to work on your project. The idea that the well has officially dried up. Perhaps you encountered a deadline and just went blank because of the strain. Or, out of the blue, you cannot find the urge to write. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s not exactly temporary.
The truth is that this is one of those moments every writer simply doesn’t relish. Sure, we can try to be reasonable and say…ah,…Continue
Added by Marie Lavender on July 1, 2018 at 2:51pm — No Comments
Life can get pretty crazy sometimes. Just when it seems normal, then there’s a curveball which knocks you completely off that axis you got so comfortable with. And, more often than not, life gets in the way of writing. About when you’re ready to sit down to the task and focus, something comes up. There’s an emergency, or maybe not. Life happens. The kids need to be driven somewhere. Before you know it, a whole day has flown by and you’re not only exhausted from the ride, you’re disappointed…Continue
Added by Marie Lavender on July 1, 2018 at 2:45pm — No Comments
This topic is really big right now. Any writer or reader familiar with books coming out these days has probably noticed a huge trend in shorter fiction. Short stories, novellas, even episodic or chapter-length works are releasing all of the time on Amazon and other book sellers. And it appears that there are two schools of thought in response.
One is comprised of a group of writers and readers who see no issues with shorter fiction. In fact, they encourage it!
Added by Marie Lavender on July 1, 2018 at 2:38pm — No Comments
If you’ve ever self-published or considered it at least, it probably crossed your mind that a good book cover would probably help to “sell” the book. It’s true that presentation is everything; how the sales page appears with the book description and the cover are extremely important. Often, if the book cover isn’t up to par, some readers won’t take an author seriously. The cover is half the battle in marketing. The rest, well the rest is how you reach your audience. But, that’s a topic of…Continue
Added by Marie Lavender on July 1, 2018 at 2:11pm — No Comments
I wanted to come in and talk about a specific topic. I get so many people, mostly aspiring writers, reaching out to me for advice and the one question I see the most is…
“What should I do next?”
In other words, the writers believe they have exhausted their options. Or maybe they simply haven’t read up on that particular subject. But, there is a moment, I think, in every writer’s career in which you don’t know what to do next, what steps to take. This is usually the moment I…Continue
Added by Marie Lavender on July 1, 2018 at 1:46pm — No Comments
If you are an avid follower of writing blogs, then you know there is a plethora of information, advice to offer. Guest authors have offered tips on writing from the time these blogs first began to grow into what it they have become today. Most aspiring writers know that to look for writing tips on a specific topic (point of view, research, any story elements), it is as simple as doing an internet search. The world is at our fingertips.
Unfortunately, for some writers,…Continue
Added by Marie Lavender on July 1, 2018 at 1:06pm — No Comments
Our overriding job as fiction authors is to entertain our readers. They buy our books not to be impressed, awed or confused but rather to be entertained. Here are some do's and don'ts that I think we need to pay attention to.
(1) Unpronounceable Names. Some authors give characters unpronounceable names. Bad idea. Most readers subvocalize so words that are difficult to pronounce usually get skipped over. If the reader…
Added by David Grace on February 8, 2015 at 4:33am — No Comments