Are you more likely to read a book that has won an award?

~ Book Awards ~ This week my romantic suspense Close to the Skin is in a competition to win a Rone Award from InD’Tale Magazine– a beautiful and well-known e-magazine dedicated to romance writing. This award is one in which readers vote for their favorite book or author. This process is similar to a number of Reader Award contests for … More Are you more likely to read a book that has won an award?

Characters as Verbs

~ I ________ you ~ I was very fortunate to have the chance to hear Damon Suede speak at the New Jersey Romance Writers Conference last fall. The topic of his talk was character development. Give Your Character a Verb One thing that stood out for me was his suggestion that before you decide on … More Characters as Verbs

Fifteen Minutes Writing – The Book Factory Method

~ Life in Fifteen Minutes ~ Do you know how much time you spend on daily activities like reading e-mail and perusing Facebook? Do you struggle to reach your daily word count? I know that I do. A while back, I took a workshop with USA best-selling author Kerri Nelson, which she has recently published … More Fifteen Minutes Writing – The Book Factory Method

Don’t Get Sued – How to Get Permission to Quote from Literary Works

~Have You Covered All the Bases?~ Do you know how to legally quote from another writer in your own commercial works? In scholarly works, it is usually acceptable to quote from someone as long as you footnote and include a bibliography. That just doesn’t work in commercial fiction and non-fiction. When I was writing my … More Don’t Get Sued – How to Get Permission to Quote from Literary Works

Editing for Sensory Language Part 7 Movement

~GOING BEYOND 5 SENSES ~ Remember those two hard-to-spell senses I mentioned back when I started this series? Well, now it is time to talk about them. The vestibular sense provides feedback on our body’s balance, coordination, and movement in space. The kinesthetic or proprioception sense lets us know how our bones, muscles, and tendons … More Editing for Sensory Language Part 7 Movement

Marathon Editing

Editing Tribulations and Tricks For the last several months, I have been stuck in editing mode. It’s not that I dislike editing. I just like creating new stories better. Editing becomes a tribulation when all you do is edit from morning to night. That’s what happens when you fast draft three books in a row … More Marathon Editing