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Authors Guild Opens Membership to New and Unpublished Writers by Daniel Berkowitz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
About This Writing Stuff was once a weekly feature on my blog until April 2015. As life became increasingly hectic, I was unable to maintain that schedule. I revived it briefly on New Year’s Eve last year and kept it going for about a month or two into 2016 before I again became overwhelmed.
So, let’s try this again. I can’t promise to be consistent, but I’ll do my best.
About This Writing Stuff is a collection of interesting articles from the writing and publishing world. Most are instructional, meant to provide helpful tools for writers. Some are merely news or updates, but all are meant to inform with no bias on my part. In other words, I don’t always agree with every article, but I welcome your feedback and opinions.
This week, we start with a pair of “How To’s” as Patrick Ryan provides excellent advice on the basics of short story writing, and over at Digital Book World, Penny Sansevieri wants to optimize your Goodreads giveaways.
Jami Gold helps to improve your productivity and strengthen the stakes in your story while W.B. Sullivan has something urgent to discuss. Janice Hardy and Candace Robinson offer fuel for your writing while Eileen Cook builds conflict with dialogue.
We then get down to the business of publishing and promotion with James Scott Bell, Anne R. Allen, and Barbara O’Neal.
All that and a little more. Enjoy!
How to Write a Short Story with Clarity and Economy by Patrick Ryan
How to Make the Most of Goodreads Giveaways by Penny Sansevieri
6 Ways to Cultivate Urgency That Will Captivate Fiction Readers by W.B. Sullivan
5 Reasons Your Plot Stalled by Janice Hardy via Jody Hedlund
4 Ways to Use Experience to Fuel Your Writing by Candace Robinson
What Authors Need to Know About the Publishing Industry Today by James Scott Bell
Selling Books on Social Media: 4 Steps to Less Wasted Time by Anne R. Allen
Money and the Writer by Barbara O’Neal
Hold On To The Light – SFF Authors and Fans for Mental Wellness by Gail Z. Martin
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!
Click here to see it on Goodreads
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This week, Kristen Lamb wants all artists–especially burgeoning writers–to be PAID for their work instead of being promised “exposure” by those who would take advantage.
A.S. Winchester would like to remind us that writing is hard work while Jan Yager and James Scott Bell offer advice on how get the job done. Conversely, Jordan Dane explores roadblocks to progress. Are you ever “too old” to start writing? Keith Cronin doesn’t think so!
Questions about branding? Joe Moore has some answers. Want to run a Goodreads giveaway? Let Cynthia help. Robyn LaRue begins a series on depicting accurate crime scenes and Jo Eberhardt believes in supporting characters.
All that, and a little more. Enjoy!
Writers Are Not Lazy! by A.S. Winchester
My Top 12 Most Common Obstacles a Writer Faces by Jordan Dane
What’s Your Brand? by Joe Moore
The Ten Events of the Highly Successful Writer by James Scott Bell
Crime Scenes for Writers: Introduction by Robyn LaRue
Filling the Silence by Donald Maass
Too Late to Start Writing? by Keith Cronin
Culture Shock: A Window to World-Building by Gaëtane Burkolter
Writing Supporting Characters that Matter by Jo Eberhardt
Please note that this weekly collection might be placed on hiatus yet again compliments of an overwhelming workload both at my day job and, happily, in my writing life. If this occurs, it will only last perhaps a month.
I am working with my publisher, Firebringer Press, to release volume two of our Middle of Eternity anthology series by July. The first volume, Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity was released in 2014.
Further, my paranormal mystery novella, Like Mother, Like Daughters will be released in both ebook and audio formats later this year. The audio will be recorded by yours truly so I expect that shall cause another blogging hiatus down the line.
However, I promise it shall not be a yearlong absence as in 2015. I do enjoy culling these articles from the interwebs and presenting them to you in the hope that you find them as educational and enlightening as I.
Reaching out to my readers here and I’m not even asking for a dime. 🙂
Just requesting a few minutes of your time. If you’ve read any of my books–regardless whether you thought they were terrific, mediocre, or complete drek–could I ask you to take a few minutes and leave an honest rating and review on your favorite book site (Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, etc)? I would deeply appreciate the help. I am so grateful when people email me or tell me how much they liked my writing, but reviews help elevate a writer’s career and open doors, especially for independent authors.
Thank you so much for your continued support. Cheers!