Devising a Review Strategy

Reviewing books is a much easier task if you have a plan of attack before even opening the book. It provides a specific direction to take your review in. There are a lot of different ways to create a reviewing strategy, and not everybody likes to plan out their reviews. I don’t think there is one answer that works for everybody and it takes some experimenting to find what works for you. Here is a look into how I approach reviews!

Using Dialogue to Bring Your Story to Life

Susan ViolanteManaging Editor After over 20 years of working on my writing, I have learned that dialogue is the most important tool available when telling a story. We can use the dialogue to describe, inform, show action, establish mood, and…

What to Disclose in the Synopsis: Reader Reactions to Surprises

Sheri HoyteManaging Editor We received an email from one of our reviewers recently with the following message: I was concerned that the synopsis of the book did not mention the part of the story in which the author is dealing…

NaNoWriMo is Coming! But Why Write a Book in a Month?

Sheri HoyteManaging Editor NaNoWriMo 2019 is coming, and the results from last year’s event are staggering!  According to The NaNoWriMo Blog, there were 287,327 participants and 35,387 winners. The number of words written in November 2018 was 2,791,454,312 and those…

“What Have You Done for YOU Lately? Self-Care for Authors

Sheri HoyteManaging Editor How many of you take time out every day for yourself? I don’t mean time out to write or time to promote and market your book on social media - that’s not time out for yourself, but…