By Falcon Storm / First lines are important in writing, and a writing MasterClass is no different. So when you see James Patterson opens by saying, “Hi, I’m Stephen King,” you know you’re in for one hell of a ride. I’ll admit that I haven’t been the most committed student to this course, but I also think that’s the benefit of a home-based, learn-as-you-want course like this one. Life has cropped up several times, and I’ve had to put James on hold in order... READ MORE
By Pavarti K Tyler / There’s no doubt that money sells books. The more money you can spend, the wider your reach and the more success you’ll have. But can you do it without spending thousands of dollars? Let’s assume you have already covered the essential expenses of getting a professional book cover, high quality editing and other pre-publication expenses. These are non-negotiables. If you have just enough money to make sure you have a good product, that’s absolutely where... READ MORE
By Emlyn Chand / Are you stuck staring at a blank word processor? Do you find yourself playing on Facebook or Twitter during your precious writing time? Do you think about writing more than you actually do it? Then you, my friend, could use a good, swift kick in the pants. Seriously, in the pants—as in pantsing instead of plotting. Knock it the heck off! Today, I wrote 3,023 words of fiction (so, no, this blog post doesn't count, which... READ MORE
By Emlyn Chand / I'm a huge fan of Amazon's KDP platform and the many new and inventive ways they pioneer to support—and truly make the careers of—indie authors. Recently, I was invited to take part in one of their newer and lesser known programs, and, of course, I jumped at the chance. Kindle Worlds is Amazon's contribution to the realm of fan fiction—and fan fiction has been buzzed about since the dawn of writing, and especially since a certain vampire... READ MORE
By Falcon Storm/ Let's face it, sometimes being an author sucks. Sometimes it’s hard, lonely work. So what do we do when we get bad reviews or when someone obviously doesn't understand our vision? Here are a few ways to deal with the stress that comes with being an author. Take a deep breath. Hold it. Keep holding it… All right, let it out. Phew. Okay. Breathe in again. Breathe out. Keep doing that. It helps. Something about oxygen that just makes... READ MORE
By Emlyn Chand (as Melissa Storm)/ Today's post is all about why I decided to throw away an author brand I'd worked on developing for over four years, easily spending over $35,000 in the process. Why say goodbye to my fiction career as Emlyn Chand when I've clearly invested so much in it? Because I made mistakes, lots of mistakes--in fact, I count 10. Were they irredeemable? Probably not, but sometimes it's just best to get a fresh start, and that's what I'm... READ MORE
By Emlyn Chand/ I grew sick of all the spam and abandoned Twitter what seems like a very long time ago. It was gradual at first. In my heyday, I could spend hours upon hours on Twitter, chatting idly while whittling down my to do list for the day. Then I started checking in for only an hour per day, then only to respond to my @mentions... once per day, once every few days, once per month, and then I just... READ MORE
By Pavarti K. Tyler/ The most memorable lines from movies have truth in them: Failure is not an option You can't handle the truth And Gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side. And don't be stingy, baby. And much like fortune cookies, when you add something to the end it takes on a whole new meaning. This time, though, we aren't adding "in bed;" we're adding "in editing." That's right Failure is not an option in editing You can't handle the... READ MORE
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