Some writers are lucky, and the title of their book materialises in their head along with the plot. For others, it's a little more difficult. Your book title is actually more important than you may think. It's your number one marketing strategy- often the first thing readers hear or read about your novel and with… Continue reading How to come up with a book title
You hear it all the time. 'I was so focused on writing, I forgot to eat all day,' or 'I was up until 3am finishing this chapter,' or 'will banging my head against my keyboard magically write my story for me?' Okay, maybe not that last one. But whether we're joking or not, there's no… Continue reading 6 ways to take care of yourself while writing
Plotting is the first step of writing a novel. Whether you're a planner or a pantser, having some idea of how your novel starts and where it will end. But there is no one way of plotting your novel. There are many techniques out there- some basic, some more detailed, but all available to help… Continue reading Top 3 favourite plotting techniques
This week, I wanted to talk about perhaps the most important part of working with beta readers- etiquette. For writers, beta readers are among the first people to read their completed novel. There's a lot of trust involved, from both parties. And it's important to keep up an open line of communication from beginning to… Continue reading Working with beta readers #4 Beta etiquette for all involved
Welcome back, to Working with beta readers. I've already covered the hows and the why's of having a beta reader, and how to prepare you manuscript and your betas for the session. This week, we're going to talk about how to deal with feedback. Preparing yourself Writers have to have a thick skin. Unfortunately,… Continue reading Working with beta readers #3 Dealing with feedback
Last week I spoke about the importance of working with beta readers, and what they do. This week, I want to show you how to prepare your manuscript, and setting goals for your beta readers. Format It's your choice on whether or not you do this, but I always ask my beta readers which… Continue reading Working with beta readers #2 Preparation and goals
So, you've finally finished writing your novel. You've spent countless hours writing and rewriting your novel until you're sort of happy with it. But what comes next? If you're already zooming ahead and looking to submit your work, I recommend taking a step back and finding yourself a beta reader. What are beta readers?… Continue reading Working with beta readers #1 What are they, and where do I find them?