This week, David Gaughran and Anne R. Allen analyze Amazon’s heavy-handed measures of fraud detection that are forcing the innocent to suffer for the guilty. P.J. Parrish illustrates the revision process using one of her own manuscripts while Ruth Harris and Andrew Falconer offer tips on writing historical fiction.
We strike gold with… who else, but… Jami Gold! Jami is busy with NaNoWriMo, so she has invited guest bloggers to discuss such topics as Imposter Syndrome (Kassandra Lamb), Deep POV (Lisa Hall-Wilson), and Productivity (J. Rose).
From the latter, this statement leapt out at me: “We’re trained to work ourselves to the bone, and that we should best each other about “who’s the most busy” or “who has the least amount of time.” I challenge you to step away from this game! Do you really want to be #1 at being stressed and being busy all the time so you don’t have time to enjoy your life?”
All that and a little more. Enjoy!
Amazon’s Hall of Spinning Knives by David Gaughran
Don’t Let Impostor Syndrome Ruin Your Writing by Kassandra Lamb via Jami Gold
Deep POV and Hidden Messages in Subtext by Lisa Hall-Wilson via Jami Gold
Creating the Right Mindset to Be Productive by J. Rose via Jami Gold
Cutting Open the Sausage: A Hard Look at Rewriting by PJ Parrish
Plunge Into Story Action—and Genre by Kathryn Craft
A Character’s POV = A Character’s Truth by Sarah Callender
Five Essentials of Historical Fantasy by Andrew Falconer
The Most Important Rule of Backstory by Andrea Lundgren
Amazon’s Latest Crackdowns: Do They Include Amazon Review Trolls? by Anne R. Allen
Since Amazon adjusts prices at their whim, I just discovered today that the paperback edition of my first novel, Testing the Prisoner, is on sale for $3.99. That’s $1 less than the Kindle version! I have no idea how long this sale will last, so if you’re interested in an emotional and deeply human story wrapped in a paranormal mystery, you will not be disappointed.
Daniel Masenda thought he had made peace with his dark past when he left his home for a better life fourteen years ago. As the mayor of a small, tranquil town along Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Daniel has everything he ever wanted – until a series of haunting visions, coupled with the death of his estranged mother, pits him against two ghostly entities at war with one another. Each has its own agenda as they force Daniel to relive moments from his violent youth and push him to the edge of insanity. As his idyllic life begins to unravel, will he be able to decipher the message behind the hauntings before they destroy, not only him, but the soul of someone he left behind?
Check out the reviews for Testing the Prisoner on Amazon and Goodreads and pick up a copy today. Thank you for supporting small press authors!
This week, Kristen Lamb and John Gilstrap talk story synopses to attract agents while Cynthia Shannon offers tips to engage readers on Goodreads.
We blur the line between science and science fiction with Veronica Sicoe and Kate Gwynne, who respectively explore interstellar communication and storytelling through virtual reality.
Amazon initiates new rules regarding reviews, while a common question is answered about the quality of self-published versus traditionally published books.
Janice Hardy and K.M. Weiland talk about tricks, surprises, and honesty in our fiction.
All that, and a little more. Enjoy!
Engaging with Readers on Goodreads by Cynthia Shannon
The Synopsis: Demystifying the Mystery by John Gilstrap
Storyworld Design: Communication Technologies by Veronica Sicoe
Authors Guild Opens Membership to New and Unpublished Writers by Daniel Berkowitz
Amazon’s New Review Rules: What Authors Need to Know by Anne R. Allen
What is Honest Fiction? by K.M. Weiland
Are Self-Published Books Inferior to Self-Published Books? Answered by Archie D’Cruz
Our new speculative fiction anthology, Elsewhere in the Middle of Eternity will be released on August 1!
In eternity, all stories are timeless.
Visit a dystopian future where the wealthy reside on high-speed trains-or risk certain death…
Board a space station with a team of scientists as they discover a terrifying lifeform on a remote planet…
Join the Army Rangers as they confront the deadly aftermath of a mythical creature in the sands of the Middle East…
Travel to Ireland where an ancient artifact regenerates severed limbs while healing old family wounds…
Hit the beach with two teenagers as they track down the owner of a mysterious bracelet and find the true meaning of love…
Journey from Earth to the stars with your tour guides Daniel Patrick Corcoran, Michael Critzer, Phil Giunta, Melissa Carta Miller, Susanna Reilly, Stuart S. Roth, April Welles, Steven H. Wilson, and Lance Woods. Cover art by Michael Riehl.
All aboard as we take you Elsewhere in the Middle of Eternity!
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