When I’m asked, “how can I best elevate my writing skillset?” I cringe. Because there is no easy answer. But there are a few things I can recommend, which inspired this blog post.
“Reflecting back on some of my first book signing events, I can recall how clueless and unprepared I felt.” About a week ago, I was fortunate to be an attending author at Books by the Arch, an event for avid readers in the heart of the Midwest. As I set up my table, I metContinue reading “The top 15 “must-have” items every author needs for a book signing”
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? While answers may very on this one, there’s a comparable question in the storytelling world that I firmly believe has a singular response.
What’s more important, plot or characters?
The further I get into this author journey, the more questions I get asked. Don’t get me wrong, I love answering questions and engaging in any conversation related to writing. There are just some questions that come up more frequently than others—and oftentimes they inspire a blog post.
“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” – William Faulkner
I’m not an expert. And let’s be real, the Instagram platform changes so frequently that anyone claiming to hold the “expert” title is likely full of bologna. That said though, I am an active daily user of Instagram and have been for about three years. I started my author journey writing in contemporary romance back in 2020 (but my day job literally pays me to post on Instagram for a state university).
I’m an avid reader. Like most authors, it’s only natural to want to consume words, stories, plots, and characters written by others. Reading books (quite obviously) helps me learn and teaches me ways to better write my own stories. As an author of contemporary romance, I gravitate toward the genre. And when I find something I like, all I want to do is consume more.
In 2020, Amazon joined the $1 trillion market cap club. It’s a dominant commerce platform and a true marketing powerhouse. And it’s every author’s dream to become the next best-seller with Amazon’s coveted little orange tab.
The most edited page of an entire manuscript is the very first. The first page has a tremendous amount of responsibility. Not only does it set the tone and mood for the full novel, but it also must immediately hook the reader in a compelling—and sometimes showstopping—manner.
Launch days are stressful. There’s really no other word for it. As an author, I know firsthand how many weeks, months, and sometimes years go into writing a book. Not to mention the oftentimes LONG wait for publication if you take the traditional path.