Should You Do ARC Reviews?

One of the things many authors struggle with is the question whether to do ARC reviews. If that term is new to you, ARC stands for advanced reader copy, and it simply means that you distribute a copy of your book before the official release date to a small group of readers. The idea is that they will read the book before release and then publish a review shortly after publication date. Continue reading “Should You Do ARC Reviews?”

Do Writers Need To Know Grammar Rules?

I have a love-hate relationship with the English language when it comes to spelling and grammar rules. In case you didn’t know, English is not my first language. I learned it in high school, then taught myself the rest, improving even more once I moved to the States. And let’s face it: English is not an easy language to learn, especially all the nuances.  Continue reading “Do Writers Need To Know Grammar Rules?”

Writing Sex Scenes: Don’t Forget This Crucial Element

I thought it would be a good timing for another post on writing sex scenes. In the previous one, we talked about the goal of including sex scenes in your book, and how important it is that these scenes change something for the main characters. Today, I want to take this a step further and discuss a crucial element some writers tend to forget when they’re writing sex scenes. Continue reading “Writing Sex Scenes: Don’t Forget This Crucial Element”

How to Create a Close POV

This week, for Writer Wednesday, we are going to talk about point of view (POV). More specifically, will discuss how to create a close POV. This is one of the mistakes I see a lot of beginning writers make, and it’s also one I still struggle myself with at times in a first draft. So, without further ado, let’s dig in. Continue reading “How to Create a Close POV”

My First Experiences with Dragon Naturally Speaking Dictation Software

Today is Wednesday, and of course, that means it’s time for Writer Wednesday. Usually, I would’ve posted earlier, but first of all, I’ve been crazy busy this week. But more importantly, my wrist has been really bothering me lately. I suspect I have a beginning case of carpal tunnel syndrome, and so for the last few days, I’ve been busy trying to figure out an alternative to typing. It’s also the reason why I haven’t posted yesterday and the day before. Continue reading “My First Experiences with Dragon Naturally Speaking Dictation Software”

Writing Sex Scenes: What’s The Goal?

This week for Writer Wednesday, we’re gonna look at writing sex scenes. There’s a whole lot I can say about this topic, so we’ll split it up into multiple posts. We’ll start with talking about the goal of sex scenes. By the way, I first wanted to call this series writing solid sex scenes…but that pun was too easy, haha. Continue reading “Writing Sex Scenes: What’s The Goal?”

How to Build an Author Platform

For self-published writers, two things always go hand in hand: writing and marketing. Many of us love the first and hate the second, but you need both. You need great books, but you also need great marketing, also known as an author platform.

This is even true for traditionally published authors, though their publisher may be of assistance there. The reality is that you can’t sell books without a platform, a presence, especially online. In this edition of Writers Wednesday, we’ll explore what that author platform can look like. Continue reading “How to Build an Author Platform”

How Do You Know When You’re Ready To Publish?

I’m starting a new weekly thing here on the blog: Writer Wednesdays. Ever since I started writing and publishing gay romances, I’ve met new authors looking for advice. Hell, I was an author looking for advice not too long ago. Now that I’ve self-published eight (nine in a few days) books, I figured the time has come to give back a little, so every Wednesday, I’ll share some advice on writing and self-publishing MM romances. Today, we’ll kick things off with some thoughts on when you’re ready to publish. Continue reading “How Do You Know When You’re Ready To Publish?”