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…

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: 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…

Writing Practices: Dialogue Tags

Writing Practices: Dialogue Tags

“I write from real life. I am an unrepentant eavesdropper and a collector of stories. I record bits of overheard dialogue.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie How to Work With Dialogue Tags So, you’re working on your dialogue and you think it’s boring and cliché. You may feel that way because you’ve found yourself relying too heavily on “said” and “asked” and you think readers will give up after reading the same two words thousands of times. If that’s how you feel, well, you’re not entirely alone. I’ve edited books from new…

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…