It’s always a delight to be asked to speak at a conference. It’s something I love doing and something I’d love to do more of in the future. If you’re not on my mailing list, then you might not be aware that today, the Romance Writers Summit launches. And I’m speaking all about villains, of course! But this romance writing craft conference isn’t just for romance authors. It’s for any and every author looking to improve their craft. [Read more…] about FREE Romance Writing Craft Conference LIVE Today
Most people think their hero is the most important character in their book. I argue it’s the villain. After all, the villain is – for the most part – the source of conflict in your story. And without conflict you don’t have a story. Conflict is your hero’s catalyst for change, which means it’s quite literally the holy grail of story telling.
So your villain is important. But surely your heroes are too?
Yes. Yes, they are.
Your hero is the lens through which your reader experiences your story. Without your hero there is no narrator, no filter for which the story can be told. It would be like going to the movies and wearing headphones and a blindfold.
That’s why I wrote 10 Steps To Hero: How To Craft A Kickass Protagonist.
And guess what?
It’s out today.
Want to know more? Read on… [Read more…] about 10 Steps To Hero: How To Craft A Kickass Protagonist OUT NOW
Here’s the thing. Burnout is inefficient. And there’s literally nothing I hate more than inefficiency. It’s my archnemesis. It slows me down, makes me angry and ragey, and mildly violent… (toward my keyboard)1
But worse, if you’re anything like me, you’re completely incapable of realizing you’re tired, let alone reaching the brink of total burnout. I’m blind to burnout. It’s like fighting a custom built invisible demon while blindfolded and strapped into a straight jacket. Suffice to say, I’ve probably gone through at least six months of piss poor writing performance, chronic exhaustion, a terrible mindset and insomnia. Because I know what’s useful when you’re tired, NOT SLEEPING.
Okay, I’ll wind my neck in because I like to be a sparkling ray of positivity here.
We all know I’m a scathingly cynical, intensely sarcastic rage-beast from the depths of your nightmares. But that slight tangent aside, I do like to be helpful.
So here’s me being helpful:
Silly ol’ me, in the chaos of finishing the book edits and excitement of launch prep, I completely forgot to reveal my next cover. If you’re on my mailing list, however, you’ll have seen an advance peek at the cover. Props to you.
For those of you who aren’t on my mailing list, then I have a treat for you today. I’m super excited to announce 10 Steps To Hero – How To Craft A Kickass Protagonist. My second non-fiction baby is coming into the world in a matter of weeks. Literally. Launch date below.
I’ve talked about second book syndrome before and it seems that this time, writing my second non-fiction book was just as hard as writing my second fiction book. I’m not sure why, if any of you out there have been through it, I’d love to hear your thoughts. But forget that… I made it through people.
I MADE IT THROUGH PEOPLE.
And boy am I exited about this book. [Read more…] about 10 Steps To Hero – How To Craft A Kickass Protagonist is coming to a bookstore near you
I love studying. I’ve got no shame in donning my geek glasses and hoovering up knowledge like James Dyson on steroids. For me, one of the quickest methods for learning, particularly in this fast-paced industry, is to listen to podcasts. Why? Because they’re current and they’re recorded weekly (usually). Which means they can report on changes instantly, giving you the most up to date industry and marketing news as it happens.
I’ve pulled together a list of my fave podcasts that have helped me grow a wealth of marketing and industry knowledge as well as craft skills.
If your favorite pod isn’t on the list, why not drop it in the comments.
If you’re not into podcasts or haven’t found time to listen, then you’re missing out.
Here are a few quick tricks I use to consume the knowledge: [Read more…] about 10 Podcasts Every Author Needs in Their Life
Book pricing. That slightly ugly elephant that sits somewhere between self-loathing, desperation for sales, pride in what you’ve completed, and the necessity of, you know, having enough mulaah to feed your kids.
But what to do? What to do? What if you have a series? What if you have a single book? What if you write non-fiction?
I recently *praise the literary gods* managed to land the holy grail of marketing – a Bookbub. I’ve learned a few things about pricing along the way and wanted to share my experience.
Before anyone gets their book-knickers in a twist, I’m not suggesting THIS strategy is THE glorious sales panacea that will work every time, hell it might not even work for you – I do write in a specific genre and anyone with an ounce of marketing sense will appreciate that genres vary as much as my mood during the final week of editing!
Here’s what I’ve learned about book pricing [Read more…] about Book Pricing Strategies #MondayBlogs #amwriting