Monthly Archives: August 2016

Reblog: Writing the Way that Works for You

There are many ways to write story. In his book, On Writing, author Stephen King claims he started out as a kid, printing out stories on a drum printer in his basement, using grape jelly for ink. S…

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Is Facebook Still Worth It For Authors?

When I started blogging in 2012, creating a Facebook page linked to the blog was a natural move. Every blogger had one. I followed a few bloggers’ Facebook pages and even found new bloggers v…

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Writers: Are you wasting your time?

A lady found out I was a writer. “That’s so cool!” she said. “Well, you would think so, wouldn’t you?” I said. Youtube stars make more money. Singers don’t…

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Ten tips for better book covers

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One of my jobs is managing correspondence for Kit Foster Design. After seeing many cover briefs from authors, I came up with an information packet we send out to streamline the design process and to avoid common pitfalls. Here are my suggestions for common issues to consider:

  1. Don’t try to tell your whole story with your cover. Cramming too many elements onto the cover makes the art busy and confuses more readers than it helps.
  1. Don’t try to tell the whole story with your back cover text.

Cover text isn’t usually more than a couple of hundred words. Have a look at the sales copy on the back of your favorite books in your genre. Writing sales copy is a different skill set than writing a novel. Invite reader interest and seduce them with a tease, not an info dump. Sales copy that is too long goes unread. Big blocks of text are…

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Ten most common mistakes in novels

Let’s make this short and sweet. These are the top ten that come to mind from the books I’ve read over the last few months. Factual accuracy The best one I read this week was by an Amer…

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Publishing: Seeing things as they are

A few friends of mine are pinning their hopes on literary agents and traditional publishing contracts. Independent publishing is not for everyone so I don’t try hard to dissuade them. Traditi… Sour…

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INTERVIEW WITH ARMAND ROSAMILIA

Welcome to a Tattered Remains Interview It’s always been a real privilege when you get to ask one of your favorite prolific authors whatever questions that you can conjure from the dark corne…

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