Has it been a year already? Time flies when you're writing words. But just how many words should we be writing? Here's my annual look at YA word counts for traditionally published and indie authors. To get a feel for the mainstream market, I usually pull Barnes & Noble's list of teen bestsellers, but I'd … Continue reading Do word counts count? 2018 edition
Crap! There are rules to blogging? I might be in trouble. With this week's topic, I needed to do my research. And here are the results in easily digestible chunks...My Top 10 Best Blog Tactics from other blogs. 10. Help a Sister Out - (advice by iFabbo) If you see something on another blog that is … Continue reading YA Author Series: Top 10 Blog Tactics
The YA Indie Carnival topic of choice this week is Indie Words of Wisdom. When I think about it, some of the best bits of wisdom for indie publishing are the lessons that we were taught long ago and perhaps forgot or didn't know how to apply. A Stitch in Time Saves Nine - An indie's reputation … Continue reading YA Indie Carnival: Words of Wisdom
Several months ago, I helped a fellow indie author with some final proofreading on her novel. When I opened her draft, I was shocked. I couldn't believe all the spelling and grammar errors from an author that had been listed in at least one of Amazon's top lists. Then, I realized she had not lost … Continue reading It’s All English, Ain’t It?
This week at the YA Indie Carnival we're talking about solutions for what every author dreads...writer's block. We all experience it from time to time. I'm sure, for the most part, I handle it like many others with freewriting and brainstorming. However, I have to admit that I do have a secret weapon when it … Continue reading YA Indie Carnival: Busting Blocks
The topic of choice this week is "What Reading Teaches Me as a Writer/Reviewer". This being a blog post, the value of brevity immediately comes to mind. Therefore, I present this week's topic as a handy, dandy Top 5 List. 5. Friends with Layers. Supporting characters should be more than background. The best books have … Continue reading YA Indie Carnival: What Reading Teaches Me as a Writer