A Tool for Detecting Passive Voice: Author Toolbox

There are some generally accepted Golden Rules for authors (which, okay, change from century to century, genre to genre, and are not so much rules as guidelines?) One of them is DEATH to All Adverbs, which I am personally fighting against because I love me a good adverb. Another is Conflict is King. Too bad [...]

Add Some Great First Lines to Your Author Toolbox

You know what's the hardest part of writing a book? Besides the writing and the outlining and the scene construction and editing and . . . okay . . . every other part. This bit is really the most intimidating, I promise. The hardest part is making yourself start. Prevailing advice, endless online articles, and [...]

The Time When an Author Responded to a Bad Review: And It Worked.

For the rest of us normal mortals: DO NOT DO THIS! No, I mean it. EVER. I see your fingers twitching towards that keyboard. DON'T. It's the fastest way to make yourself look like a terrible person, no matter what a review says about your book. In light ofΒ recent eventsΒ concerning an author who straight-up stalked [...]

IWSG Day: Life Among the Butterflies

Oh happy day! The day when you can set down that insecurity for a while and bask in the feeling of gently being propped up by your fellow authors. If you're not part of this group, what are you waiting for? Any and all kinds of authors are welcome. The trolls are absent. The support [...]

Author Toolbox: Is Paying for a Facebook Ad Worth It?

Exposure isn't just something that will kill you while hiking. For authors, it's a coveted, elusive treasure. Like Atlantis? Let's call it Atlantis. It's well-concealed, no one knows if it's real for sure, and you'll most likely run out of air before you find it. Sounds about right. In the quest for some exposure I [...]

Romancelandia Has Your Back

Pro Life Tip 1: The internet is forever. Screenshots exist. Pro Life Tip 2: Romance authors and readers are fierce, badass ladies who take zero shit. Combine the two and what do you get? Right now, you get #cockygate. For anyone unfamiliar, an indie author with an erotic series centered around the word "cocky" in [...]

Learn to Write Well by . . . Watching Movies?

Wait, what? Did I seriously just tell you to sit down and waste time watching a form of media that has nothing to do with meeting your word count goals? . . . yes. With some caveats. I don't mean "watch a movie every day" or "ignore your writing to watch your favorite film" or [...]

Add Pre-Writing the Query Copy to Your Author Toolbox

I accept the concept of a muse wholeheartedly. However old-fashioned it might be, it's a theory I like. My muse, however, does not resemble a lovely Greek statue. My muse is more like a kaleidoscope of butterflies, constantly circling my head. Only these delicate beauties carry ten pound cannonballs, which they like to release on [...]