If you believe that self-publishing is an easy way to get published without going through the hassle (and rejection letters) of traditional publishing, then you’ve never been more wrong. Self-publishing is difficult, and it doesn’t guarantee success. Of course, traditional publishing doesn’t guarantee you success either, however, self-publishing is difficult because it’s a … [Read more...] about 5 Deadly Self-Publishing Mistakes to Avoid
Archives for March 2016
Have you ever wanted to slip away for a weekend with nothing but your favourite books for company? You’re not alone. Reading retreats – or holidays devoted exclusively to reading – are a growing tourism trend. Even business magnate Bill Gates has confessed to scheduling regular week-long reading retreats, where he pours over books he has put aside to be read. If you’re … [Read more...] about 10 Gorgeous Retreats Perfect for A Quiet Reading Weekend
Reviewed by Kerry McKay A bar launch party. A chance meeting between two people. Sparks. A phone number scrawled on a napkin. So begins Ben and Rebecca’s love story. It’s one they love to recount; the perfect meet cute at the beginning of a seemingly perfect relationship. Rebecca is the only girl she knows who didn't cry at the end of Titanic. Ben is the only man he knows … [Read more...] about Review – The Night That Changed Everything by Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice
A good story, with a tight plot and dynamic pace can be crushed with lack of good characterization. Your cast of characters needs a lot of things to be convincing and memorable, from their names, to unique physical appearance, the way they communicate with other people and how your characters behave. However, if none of that is accompanied by deep characterization, then your … [Read more...] about How to Improve Upon Characterization in Your Fiction
Welcome to our writing advice column, where you'll find bestselling author Julie Cohen answering reader questions! Hit a roadblock or have a writing-related query? Drop them in the comments or email firstname.lastname@example.org and keep your eyes peeled for Julie’s response in later columns. Dear Julie, We write fan fiction. We love taking our favourite … [Read more...] about Dear Julie – How Do You Create Original and Compelling Characters?