How to Write a Novel, Part 8: Publishing

You’ve written the story, revised the draft, and edited the manuscript to near-perfection, all to reach this point: publication. But don’t start decorating that memento box for your rejection slips yet. The digital age has transformed the way people consume fiction, and consequently the way its distributed. Today’s authors now have more choices in distribution... Continue Reading →

“Blue Karma” Birthday Book Bargain!

On May 27, 2015, I became a published author with the release of Blue Karma. I can't believe my debut novel is a year old already. To celebrate, it's going on sale! The Kindle Countdown deal begins this Friday, May 27th, with copies available for just 99 cents. Midday on Saturday, the price will go up to $1.99,... Continue Reading →

How to Write a Novel, Part 7: Revision and Editing

So you completed the first draft of your story. Congratulations—it’s a milestone in the novel-writing process. But your work is far from done. If you think revision means typing “The End” and running spellcheck, think again. Drafting just generates raw material. Through revision, we sculpt that narrative clay into a novel. That’s where creativity and... Continue Reading →

How to Write a Novel, Part 6: World of Wordcraft

Words are more than just a vehicle for our stories. They're a writer’s medium. We paint with prose and sculpt with sentences. Language is like some ancient, malleable magic we channel into an infinite number of spells. It sets scenes, establishes character, and conveys action. But a true mage goes beyond these essential functions. The right words can evoke sensory experiences,... Continue Reading →

How to Write a Novel, Part 5: Dynamic Dialogue

Admit it. You eavesdrop. It’s all right, everyone does. Some anthropologists even assert that humans evolved to gossip, because exchanging information about others informs our social bonds and behavior. In novel-writing, dialogue functions as a critical storytelling tool. But fictional conversations differ from those in real life. They must move the story forward through the... Continue Reading →

Review of Blue Karma on Amid The Imaginary

The modern literary sphere needs more rebels like Anela. She's denounced major publishing labels and devoted her book review blog, Amid The Imaginary, exclusively to discovering self-published books in the sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian/paranormal genres. Yesterday she posted her review of Blue Karma. I appreciated the thoughtful commentary, and the critique I've already taken into consideration as work progresses on... Continue Reading →

Reader Reactions: Book Bloggers discuss Blue Karma, Pt 3

The following is the final installment of a collaborative guest post from book bloggers Emma (emdoesbookreviews) and Mallory (The Leaning Tower of Tomes), discussing their impressions of my novel, Blue Karma. Part 3 focuses on the story's plot. And don't worry, it's author-certified spoiler free! *     *     * MALLORY: Plot-wise, what did you think? Did you see the political development coming or were... Continue Reading →

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