Monthly Archives: July 2014

How to create CRAP cover art for your book.

How to create CRAP cover art for your book.

I’ve been motivated to write this post to show all those Indy authors out there how to create a visually robust cover for your book.  You don’t have to be a talent designer or creative artist to make something look professional.  Today I received a mockup version for the cover of my upcoming book, “The(…)

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How to write a piece of cult fiction

How to write a piece of cult fiction

  Many authors most likely dream to attract a cult following for their books.  It guarantees a nice income stream, provides opportunities to license rights for merchandise and of course provides validation that their work is truly loved by others.  But can you start out writing a book with the goal of it attracting such(…)

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Awesome gesture phrases for writing

Awesome gesture phrases for writing

I was watching a quiz show the other evening and the question asked for the phrase “To cock a …” to be completed.  The answer was snook.  I’d never heard of the phrase but it made me think of how difficult it sometimes is to explain in words the gestures your characters are performing in your(…)

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Everything I know about writing I learned from Masterchef

Everything I know about writing I learned from Masterchef

In truth, I didn’t learn to write from watching Masterchef, but I will use it to demonstrate my point in this post. 🙂 In the episode last night, the contestants were asked to recreate a professional dish without a recipe and without being able to see the original.  All they had to go on was(…)

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The Myth of Creativity

The Myth of Creativity

When it comes down to it, writers are creative and innovative thinkers. But despite what a lot of people think, creativity and innovation doesn’t just happen.  Not by itself.  Its not a spontaneous act that you can just sit around and hope it will hit you in the head like a brick.  The most creative and(…)

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Ten ways to alleviate writer’s block

Ten ways to alleviate writer’s block

I wrote the first draft of Lost Souls in three weeks.  This was working full time on the manuscript with my fantastic friend and editor Kayleen and my hubby. Still, its a lot of words to churn out in in 3 weeks.  It was over 100K, so that’s around 4700 words per day.  From this(…)

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Five reasons why real books are better than ebooks

Five reasons why real books are better than ebooks

Ebook sales tapered off dramatically in 2013 to almost a flatline while hardback sales increased.  Predicting the future of book sales is certainly not my forte but I’d like to offer a little insight as to why I think people prefer, and will always prefer a physical copy.  This is not the type of list(…)

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