Why do some stories make us care about the characters, yet others don't? How one brain chemical and story structure can make the difference.Read More
Linda Fausnet writes romance novels and reviews romance on her blog Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous.
In this interview, we cover her journey from screenwriter to self-published novelist, what would cause her to give a 1- or 2-star review, and how to avoid the “Most of the conflict is based on a misunderstanding” plotline as a romance author.Read More
How do you start your novel? Today on the blog, an editorial analysis of the opening scene of The Stone Speakers a work-in-progress by Owen Garner. We'll look at what's awesome in the current draft that the author can build on, discuss scene requirements for action stories, and see how two popular published fantasy action novels meet those requirements in their opening scenes.Read More
In this interview with Scott Wilbanks, author of the cross-genre novel The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster, we learn what it really takes to find a literary agent, get a glimpse behind-the-scenes of a book launch at an independent publisher, and hear the unexpected (and hilarious) tale of how a novel was born from a botched first date.Read More
Every marketing guru under the sun will tell you that your #1 priority as an author or as a business owner is building an email list. But the truth is, there are some cases where that advice is flat-out wrong.
Wouldn’t it be nice to know when?Read More
In this interview with Darren Beyer author of science fiction technothriller Casmir Bridge and former NASA space shuttle engineer, we talk about finding a target market, what it means when a book ‘fails’, overcoming crushing editorial feedback, and what’s been effective in building up an email list.Read More