Category Tools and tips

Writers, are you easily distracted? Try the ‘bubble’ technique.

I had one of those lightbulb moments about another sporting technique that can easily be applied to writing. One of the most difficult things for a performance athlete to learn is total focus. This means learning that while you must address the things that are within your sphere of control, you must equally well learn […]

New Release: GET THE DRAFT DONE by Charles F. French #writing books

Are you one of those aspiring writers, who would really love to write a novel, but you aren’t quite certain if you can tackle something that daunting? If that’s you, then check out this neat new helpful book by Charles F. French, hybrid author and English professor. From the author: “Instead of thinking about doing […]

#Writing tools: have you discovered BookLinker?

I mentioned BookLinker in my recent post on adding Amazon categories to your books, but finding categories is not the only thing Booklinker does – and it’s FREE to use. After publishing that post, its designer, Richard Hellewell, contacted me to tell me about new tools available on the site, so here’s a bit more […]

How to add categories to your book on Amazon

Have you ever noticed that some books seem to be in lots of Amazon categories, and not just the two KDP allows you to choose when you publish your book? Did you know you can add your book to more categories simply by contacting KDP support? You can have it in up to 10 categories, […]

#Amazon amalgamates US & UK reviews?

This week, while checking something on my Amazon UK book page for THE PRINCE’S MAN, I got a shock. Instead of the 49 reviews it’s had for some time now, suddenly it was showing 77! I know it’s selling steadily, but that’s a lot of new reviews all of a sudden, and I was eager […]

HONORING HONORIFICS

Originally posted on Fantasy Author's Handbook:
Let’s take this week to go after a certain copy editing bugaboo that I have found extremely common in both fantasy and science fiction. It’s another of those seemingly impenetrable rules governing the proper use of an initial cap. An initial cap is when the first letter of…

How to write attention grabbing sentences: active vs passive construction #amwriting

With the huge number of novels available these days, it’s important to grab your readers’ attention immediately or they may never read past the sample pages Amazon offers. There’s lots of advice out there on writing those all-important opening lines – start with action, suggest something unusual, be controversial etc. – but I want to […]

Listening to Your WIP – #WritingTip #amwriting

Originally posted on The Write Stuff:
We’ve talked about this in the past, but as I avail myself of the process more and more, I now wonder how I wrote anything without stopping to hear my words now and then. At the very least, how did I dare submit my revised document to an editor,…

How the Seven-Point Story Structure Can Help Your Writing

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:
? I still remember the day I started writing my first novel. I felt a little lost. I knew the basic concept of the story I wanted to tell, but the endless sea of possibilities on how to get there was overwhelming. I kept wondering if there was…