All the pictures in this post are views from my windows, but they are more than just magnificent views, they are inspirations for story outlines. Your view can be your next book. From these few pictures I’ve posted, there are so many possible platforms for a story. Take a moment and look out your window – what do you see? Let your mind wander and write the story. Continue reading “Your view can be your next book – tips for creating story outlines”→
Around this time of year, I find myself thinking about the “National Novel Writing Month” – often referred to “NaNoWriMo” A creative writing challenge, held during the month of November. This year will mark their eighteenth anniversary. It is a challenge that has intrigued me for many years. One I hope to do in the near future when I am not overwhelmed with trying to get my debut novel published. Continue reading “November Is National Novel Writing Month – Are You Ready?”→
I received the 1st round of editing on my manuscript back from the publisher a few weeks ago, (Yes I said 1st. There will be more.) I now have the grueling task of spending many hours going through it in depth, noting any additional changes I would like to make. If you want to be absolutely thorough in your editing, plan on this taking a while. Don’t expect to have it done in a week.
A blurb also referred to as a “Synopsis” or a “Glossary is the summary of the story found on the back cover of a book. Other than the cover, it is the other most important selling feature of a book. Once potential readers are drawn in by the fabulous cover of a novel, their next instinct is to flip to the back cover and read what the book is about. It’s at this stage, most readers will make the decision to either buy the book or move on. Continue reading “Tips on how to write a good book blurb”→
Looking for cover design ideas for debut novel. My publisher has asked me for some input for the design of the cover for my debut novel “Reckless Beginnings.” Currently I am drawing a blank and seeking some creative people for their ideas.
Many people have an idea for a book but very few actually write one. Why?
Finding The Courage To Publish Your First Book Can be very hard. We often hear people say: “That would make a great book! I should write a book.” Sadly that is the beginning and end of the book idea for most people. You have to have the passion, the drive, and the commitment and be willing to dedicate hours and hours of your time to write your story. Continue reading “It takes courage to publish your first book”→