IMPROVE YOUR WRITING READY TO EDIT At last! After months of work, I sent my novel-in-progress to my substantive editor. This is the editor who will delve into the overall story, characters, plot, and writing. She’ll point out places where I should dig deeper into my characters and flag scenes with ‘talking heads’ that would …
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Does Your Mystery Novel Series Need an Overall Story Arc?
I write my novels using the Three Act Structure, with aspects of The Hero’s Journey. Since the middle act is twice as long as the others, I treat it as a four-act structure. As I finished Winter’s Rage, it struck me that the first three books in the series echoed the first three acts of each novel.
Return to In-Person Writing Events
The fall book promotion season is almost here. Will events be largely online, as they’ve been for the past two and half years of this pandemic? Or are people eager to return to in-person festivals and conventions? My guess is both.
PLANNING a Memorable Book Launch
Planning the Book Launch In my last article, WHY Host a Book Launch Party, I outlined all the reasons why you should host one. In this article I'll be discussing the steps to planning a memorable book launch. When my first novel was released, I hosted my book launch at a local independent bookstore. I …
Get Ready for Your Next Writers’ Conference
If you’re thinking of attending a convention, conference, or festival next year, now’s the time to start your research. It’s best to register as soon as you can to get Early Bird rates and heads-up emails about opportunities at the event.