This Week in Indie Publishing…

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Extract from the blog of Don Massenzio:

A novel way to write fiction: the lure of online self-publishing

A couple of years ago, one of my daughters, then aged 10, declared that she wanted to write a novel. I wasn’t terribly surprised: she has always been a ­bookworm, and has grown up surrounded by ­writers.

When I was her age, I was desperate to write ­children’s ­fiction — so much so that I spent countless hours curled up on my bed, obsessively crafting my tomes.

By my early teens I had penned a couple of “novels” with titles such as The Dwarfs of Kimberly Koe and The Origin of Bevelin. But the launch of my daughter’s writing career came with a startling and thought-­provoking ­21st-century twist.

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Promote Your Book with Online Groups…

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By Stephanie Chandler  on

NonFiction Authors Association:

One under-utilized opportunity for authors is online groups—I’m talking about Facebook groups, LinkedIn groups and other online forums. Online groups are mini communities where you can connect with your target readers long before your book is published.

Using an example from my own life, I happen to be a widow and I naturally gravitated to online groups early on to help me connect with others in my shoes. I’ve been an active member in several groups for years.

Now consider this: Someday I will finish writing a book for this audience. When I reach out to my fellow members and the group leaders to let them know about my book, what do you think will happen? I expect major support!

This same strategy can be true for all kinds of groups. Here are some possibilities:

  • Writing a memoir that covers your struggles with…

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The Challenge Of Describing Scents In Your Writing…

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Extract from the blog of Nicholas C Rossis:

Of all the human senses, I find smell the hardest to use in writing. And yet, it’s one of the most powerful, as a number of studies have shown it’s hard-wired into our brain, and a shortcut to all sorts of strong emotions. So why is it so hard to find the right word for a smell?

Turns out, I’m hardly the only one in this predicament. As a recent Economist article on scents recently explained, the human sense of smell itself is weak. Scientists suspect this is the result of an evolutionary trade-off in the primate brain in favor of visual procession power. In simple terms, we see great, but we couldn’t smell ourselves out of a perfume factory.

This is of particular interest to humans, as the relative weakness of smell compared with sight extends to language, too. Humans…

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Adding Some Variety

Megan Morgan

This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the February 7 posting of the IWSG are Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia,Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!

This month I’m not feeling too terribly insecure, probably because I just had a publication acceptance! My first full length contemporary romance, The Marrying Type, was picked up by Evernight Publishing. It’s still early stages so I don’t have much information on when it will come out (we haven’t even begun edits yet) but I’m thrilled about it. I usually write paranormal/urban fantasy, which is why I…

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#Writerlife101 Day 7: Worst writing advice #amwriting

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Writing advice is good because beginning authors need to learn the craft, and simple sayings are easy to remember. They encourage us to write lean, descriptive prose and craft engaging conversations. The craft of writing involves learning the rules of grammar, developing a wider vocabulary, learning how to develop characters, build worlds, etc., etc. Authors spend a lifetime learning their craft and never learn all there is to know about the subject.

Writing advice is bad because it is so frequently taken to extremes by novice authors armed with a little dangerous knowledge.

  • Remove all adverbs.
    This advice is complete crap. Use common sense and don’t use unnecessary adverbs.
  • Don’t use speech tags.
    What? Who said that and why are there no speech tags in this drivel?
  • Show, Don’t Tell. Don’t Ever Don’t do it!

Quote from Susan Defreitas for Lit Reactor: Sure, hot tears, a pounding pulse, and clenched…

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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2018…

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By Dana Sitar  on The Write Life Site:

The world offers a lot of ways to become a writer.

You can go to school for journalism or creative writing, get a Ph.D. and publish in journals, start a blog and turn it into a business, write a book and become famous…The paths are innumerable.

Whatever kind of writer you want to be, you can probably find a blog or online community to help you get there.

Each year, The Write Life celebrates these vast resources available to us online by releasing a list of the 100 Best Websites for Writers, and we’re excited to do it for the fifth year in a row.

Thanks to your suggestions, you’ve helped us curate hundreds of websites to bring you the best of the best.

Many are tried-and-true favorites previously featured in our 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 lists, and this year we’re…

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Who Else: Writing Secondary and Minor Characters

A Writer's Path

by Morgan S. Hazelwood

Who Else Is There?

Writers know all about our main character–they’re the focus of our story. Often, the story is told in their voice.

But what about everyone else? Unless you’re writing a person-versus-nature like Hatchet, you’re probably going to have other characters.

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