I hear a lot of writers say they hate this question. Why? No one has asked me, maybe because they sense that I would be more than happy to answer them, at length. Since I’m an impatient person, I’ll just write about it here. But if you want to ask me some time, don’t be […]

Just 5 quick ways to market your ebook. Word of mouth. This is where your army of family and friends comes in handy. Or, the folks who have been reading your snippets and loving them. Those are the people who will push your book for you so you don’t have to. When they share or brag […]

Just 5 quick ways to format your ebook. Use Scrivener.  The learning curve is a big one, I’ll admit it. However, now that I’ve got the handle on it (with a few glitches I’m still working out) it’s the fastest way to format an ebook. Use Calibre. Calibre is free software you can use to […]

Just 5 quick ways to edit. Dump each scene into Grammarly.  No, Grammarly isn’t the be all or end all. It’s a tool. If you have a handle on your grammar and you’re only using it to catch mistakes, it works well. If you know not to take everything it suggests as the the gods’ […]

This is just a quick post with five simple things to help plot your stories. Figure out what your character really, really wants.  Your job as author is to make sure they don’t get it, at least, not in the beginning, or middle of your story. Figure out your character’s flaw. This isn’t something simple. It’s […]

Hello all. I thought I’d update you on the progress of book four in the Devany Miller Series. It’s slow. Sorry. I’m writing, but it’s slow. I’m about 25,000 words in with a projected 75,000 more to go. If the story starts flowing again, I’m sure I can knock out those words but I don’t […]

So. In the Dragon’s Rocketship, Rick proposed a bad writing contest: “I propose a bad writing contest. In 1,000 words or less, write a fantasy or sci-fi story that is as terrible as you can possibly make it. Use tired clichés, tropes, or whatever you love to hate about the genre. I’ve no idea how […]