Showing is designing narrative that welcomes readers in, embraces them, and engages them — all things that authors want to do. In this post, Jim Thomas, an editor with 20 years of experience gets into the nitty-gritty of the "show, don't tell" rule.
Imagine the day of your book release. Your book is selling fast online, your book reviews are glowing, and your scheduled book promotions are up and running. In fact, everything’s going swimmingly until you wake up in a cold sweat — realizing that you forgot to include a copyright page. Is it the end of ... read more »
We know not everyone is thrilled by the idea of obtaining a serial number, but ISBNs are a critical part of self-publishing. Luckily, we’re here to answer all of your questions: what is an ISBN, how to get one, who NEEDS one, and how much they cost.
The point of view that a novelist chooses for their story from has an enormous impact on how they write it, and the way that their readers will receive the book. A thriller narrated by a serial killer will be miles away from one that follows the perspective of the detective on his trail, even ... read more »
An unreliable narrator can make for gripping stories that keep readers on their toes. Or they can be so sketchy that they turn readers off. If you're looking to learn more about these questionable raconteurs, the different types of unreliable narrators, and how to go about using one in your story, read on.
Before you write a single word of your future masterpiece, you need to make one of the most important decisions of your story’s life. You need to decide which POV you’ll use to tell your story. The good news is that you can choose between four point of views: first person, third person limited, third ... read more »
An optimized amazon book description is a critical part of turning potential readers into fans. In this post, we’ve condensed the process — for both fiction and non-fiction authors — into three steps. Head inside to find out what they are.
Last updated: 04/19/2018 Most writers don’t begin the novel-writing process knowing exactly how to start a story. That comes later, once the narrative arc has taken clearer form. It’s also because the opening lines of a novel carry a lot of responsibility with them. They act as an invitation for someone who’s glanced at the ... read more »
Picture an intrepid reader in the bookstore. They’re skimming the shelves when their eye is caught by a brilliantly imagined front cover. They pick the book up. Check. The spine is bold and inviting. Check. Then they flip to the back of the book cover — and it’s a boring solid background with no text. ... read more »