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 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…

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…

DIY Editing Resources for writers

DIY Editing Resources for writers

“A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.” Marianne MooreShocked? Did I say DO-IT-YOURSELF editing? I know what you’re thinking… this post goes against all that I said in my blog labeled: How to Choose the Right Editor. But in reality it doesn’t. These websites are not resources that you should use as the ONLY way of editing your book. So get that out of your head. This is a blog about DIY editing prior to sending your manuscript to your editor. 🙂 The two…

How to Choose the Right Editor for your Book

How to Choose the Right Editor for your Book

“An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff.” Adlai E. Stevenson  The bond between an editor and an author is an important one for indie writers. Your editor should be someone you trust with your precious words crafted together in a book. They should have an eye for detail and he/she should know how to edit fiction opposed to non-fiction writing, if you’re a fiction author. The other thing we want our editor to do is provide helpful feedback. Their job is one…

Use Wunderlist to Free Up Your Time

Use Wunderlist to Free Up Your Time

No business can succeed in any great degree without being properly organized. James Cash Penney Treat your writing like a business and you’ll be one step ahead of many other writers. But we’ll talk more about that in another post.  ORGANIZING  This post isn’t going to be for everyone. One thing I’ve learned in my years on this earth is that we all work from different angles. Meaning, some find organization in their mess while others find mess within their organization. But, if you’re anything like me, I had to…

Character Names that Captivate

Character Names that Captivate

First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him! – Ray Bradbury  How important are character names? Honestly, it’s pretty significant. Let’s look at the male name in movies for a second. If you notice in movies there are perceived “strong” names used for male characters all the time and for some reason, we as the audience, seem to gravitate toward those characters. Is it because of their name? Maybe not. But let’s look at a common name used in movies and books. Let’s take the name “Jack” as…

Your Writing Voice

Your Writing Voice

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write. – Somerset Maugham   There comes a moment in a writer’s life where their writing voice becomes unique and their own. I think finding ones writing voice is as important as the story itself. That voice is yours and no one else’s. Have you ever picked up a book and knew who wrote it before you actually knew who it was? Maybe Stephen King is your favorite author, and…

Just F*&#*&G Write

Just F*&#*&G Write

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. – Ernest Hemingway    So You Think You’re a Writer? “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” – Ray Bradbury I love Ray Bradbury (RIP). He’s a writer who knew what he was talking about. More importantly, he gave some damn great advice to new authors, aspiring writers and published authors. As often…