How to Handle Negative Book Reviews

How to Handle Negative Book Reviews

How to Handle Negative Book Reviews Are They Constructive or Destructive? The dreaded subject of how to handle reviews. I’m asked this all the time and the best way for me to give advice is to share my own struggle! As always, these posts are real and from my gut. I won’t make them politically correct and I’ll always tell it like it is.   True Story It was January 2011 when I released my debut novel, IOU, which has since been retitled, Carlo. Like many new authors, I was absolutely…

How To Get Started With Journaling

How To Get Started With Journaling

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Dr. SeussHow To Get Started With Journaling Journaling is an ancient tradition, dating back many centuries and across many different cultures. At its simplest, journaling is the act of putting your thoughts, emotions, feelings, and experiences to paper. It’s a written record of your true self—one that can be typed out using a keyboard, or written longhand on paper. There are no rules when it comes to journaling. All it takes is a willingness to…

Web Scrapers – Data Mining

Web Scrapers – Data Mining

“Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.” – Martin GoldingScraping – Software Application Today I’d like to explain what exactly a scraper is and the purpose of utilizing one. A scraper is a software application that procedurally gathers data from a website. Just about 90% of the time, a scraper is going to be developed without using any of the websites API. Most likely, the website won’t have an API for the specific data the…

How to Move your Story from Brain to Paper

How to Move your Story from Brain to Paper

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” – William ShakespeareI want to write a book, but where do I start? I’ve been asked this question a lot! For a new writer or even a beginner, that’s an excellent question. And we’re going to explore how I take an idea and turn it into a novel. Keep in mind, every author has their own way of doing this. Some are plotters, and some are pansters but at the end of the day, the idea is turned…

Writing Practices: Confusing Words

Writing Practices: Confusing Words

When you publish a book, it’s the world’s book. The world edits it. Philip RothA Quick Vocabulary Booster Because of the seemingly infinite number of words in the English language, getting definitions and syntax mixed up can be a common problem. Most of us know the difference between “there” “they’re” and “their” but there are plenty of words that can be confused just as easily. For those of you who need a resource for confusing words and how to use them correctly, this article is a great place to start….

Writing Practices: Show vs. Tell

Writing Practices: Show vs. Tell

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” Mark TwainBe Wary of the Chapter 1 Narrative If you thought the attention span of the average reader was short thirty years ago, that was eternal compared to today. Readers are looking for an easy way to get into the book. Make it interesting, engaging, and maybe even fast-paced. Some novelists put an exciting and mysterious scene at the beginning of their book. Maybe your beginning…

Writing Practices: Oxford Comma

Writing Practices: Oxford Comma

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.” ― Dr. Seuss   If you’re just starting to read this post and are unsure what the Oxford comma is, don’t worry. Everything will make sense very soon.   What’s an Oxford Comma? The Oxford comma separates lists with the extra comma before the “and” that precedes the final list item. Example: I’ll need some of my personal tools, duct tape, and a mask. And without the Oxford comma it will look…

Algorithms: Make Them Work for You

Algorithms: Make Them Work for You

“First, solve the problem. Then, write the code.” – John Johnson What is an algorithm and why are we talking about it? Have you ever had a great idea and you “wished” there was a way to implement it? This happens all the time to business owners and employees. They come up with a sound idea to make their workload a little easier, and yet, they don’t know how to implement such a thing or they don’t know where to go to get it done. But the idea is fantastic…

7 Best Publishing Platforms for Indie Authors

7 Best Publishing Platforms for Indie Authors

“To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.” Charles Caleb Colton Top 7 Publishing Platforms for Indie Authors to Consider You’ve finished your book, found an editor you trust, and completed all the steps you needed to take to get to this point. Now you’re ready to push the “publish” button. This is a huge moment in your life and one that you should approach with knowledgeable steps in the right…

Writing Practices: Clichés

Writing Practices: Clichés

“Writing is really very easy. Tap a vein and bleed onto the page. Everything else is just technical.” Derrick Jensen Why Clichés are frowned upon  Try not to get all bent out of shape here, but it’s time to talk about clichés and how they’re breaking the bank. Cry me a river, build a bridge, and get over it, because we’re going to nip clichés in the bud right now.  Before you make a break for it, hear me out. Most of the phrases in that last paragraph are clichés. The…