The writing business has a steep learning curve, especially for newbie self published authors. There’s so much to learn, both in terms of writing as in the publishing, marketing, and business side. A lot of is is stuff that’s relatively easy to find on Google, but you have to know to look for it in the first place (trust me, I’m still learning a lot with every single release…). [Read more…] about Your X-Factor: The Biggest Challenge for Authors
Writing and Publishing MM Romances
In school, many of us have learned about logic in a more or less formal way. We learn how to build an argument or how to defend a position, using logical steps, methods like inductive or deductive reasoning. It’s how we were taught to write our essays and papers. My son recently had to write an essay about why he wanted to be a safety patrol in his school, and his teacher complimented him on his structured five-point approach.
In writing stories, this kind of reasoning isn’t really helpful. That doesn’t mean we can abandon all logic, however. In stories and fiction books, we need a different kind of logic. We need causal logic. [Read more…] about Writing With Causal Logic
This week and next week, I want to talk about building a reader group on Facebook. But before we go into that, I need to reiterate something I said when I started this series on Writer Wednesday topics. I write this series specifically for authors in the gay romance genre. [Read more…] about Building a Reader Group on Facebook (1)
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. [Read more…] about Should You Do ARC Reviews?
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. [Read more…] about Do Writers Need To Know Grammar Rules?