Category: Blog

Marketing, Not For the Faint of Heart!

Posted on Nov 16, 2017 by   1 Comment | 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…]

How to Write What You Know When You Write Paranormal

Posted on Oct 12, 2017 by   7 Comments | Posted in Blog

By Maureen L. Bonatch In the early stages of my writing career I often heard the expression, “Write what you know”.  This bewildered me a bit. I wanted to write about extraordinary things that lived only in my imagination, not about the usual things in my life that I felt would be boring in a [Read more…]

Boxsets, Bundles and Anthologies: Are They the Right Marketing Tool for You? SFR Authors Explore the Potential This Season

Posted on Oct 3, 2017 by   2 Comments | Posted in Blog

by Selene Grace Silver Reaching new readers remains one of the most challenging tasks indie authors face when publishing their books, regardless of genre. The ratio of authors to readers sometimes seems to equal zombies to humans in The Walking Dead or Tribbles to crew members in Star Trek. Every year, hundreds of thousands of [Read more…]

Mechanical Men and the Women Who Love Them

Posted on Sep 21, 2017 by   No Comments Yet | Posted in Blog

By Nicola M. Cameron Judging by the recent buzz around television shows and movies such as Westworld, Deus Ex, and Her, audiences are becoming increasingly fascinated with androids, AI, and cyborgs, particularly when it comes to romance and the possibilities of an augmented lover. This interest is definitely reflected in the rising popularity of cyborg [Read more…]