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Collect the Unfamiliar by Sascha Illyvich

Posted on Feb 22, 2018 by   1 Comment | Posted in Blog

The last time I had the blog, I was in a depressed state of mind, but managed to write about the importance of using the emotional experiences in our lives to give our characters deeper meaning not just to us, but to the readers. An emotional connection, as we all know, is one that makes [Read more…]

Finding Stories Among the Fairies

Posted on Jan 25, 2018 by   8 Comments | Posted in Blog

by Sheila Currie Gaelic Scotland and Ireland are the lands of my heritage, and the stories I tell concern those countries. I love to peruse books of Celtic fairy tales for good stories. There are many different names for entities which are considered fairy folk or daoine sìth. I needed to pick one. The gruagach [Read more…]

Character Bio: Essentials for a Minor Character

Posted on Jan 11, 2018 by   2 Comments | Posted in Blog

Creating a drawn-out character bio sheet with an interview for minor characters can be overkill. At the same time creating a character sketch sheet is necessary to keep track of your minor characters and their features. Additionally, a character sketch sheet with a few key elements should be added to your tool box in order [Read more…]

A Whole New World

Posted on Nov 30, 2017 by   2 Comments | Posted in Blog

by Alexandra Rushe Every writer is a world-builder, spinning tales that transport the reader to a different reality, no matter the genre. I write Southern-fried paranormal romance about demon hunters in the Deep South under the pen name Lexi George, and fantasy under the pen name Alexandra Rushe—two different genres that involve world-building. So, how [Read more…]

Marketing, Not For the Faint of Heart!

Posted on Nov 16, 2017 by   2 Comments | Posted in Blog

by Tena Stetler Do you need to target a huge, broad audience to get published? Eventually, you’ll want a large target audience to sell your books to. But in the beginning, it can get expensive fast.  So early marketing should be to a narrow niche of readers, one that you can interest better than any [Read more…]

Friends, Allies, Adversaries, and Enemies

Posted on Nov 9, 2017 by   1 Comment | Posted in Blog

By Claudia Blood A writer friend asked if I’d ever heard of The Virgin’s Promise by Kim Hudson. It’s the arc for characters that stay home, but still learn to fulfill their dreams. One of the suggestions for ordinary world stories was to give your main character friends, but not allies. That made me pause. [Read more…]

You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover—But Most People Do

Posted on Nov 2, 2017 by   1 Comment | Posted in Blog

by Roh Morgon     Book covers are the ball gowns of the party. Your cover design will make the difference between your book becoming a wallflower—or the belle of the ball. When you meet someone for the first time, your instinctive social machinery kicks into gear. Instantaneous judgement occurs, sometimes before you’re even aware [Read more…]

My Top Five Tips for Planning Your Next Novel

Posted on Oct 19, 2017 by   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog

by Elizabeth Menozzi Starting a new novel can be daunting. I like to avoid staring at a blank page, wondering what to write, as much as possible. This is why I always do at least a little bit of planning before I start writing. If, like me, you are preparing to participate in National Novel Writing [Read more…]