Announcing new monthly blog hop for authors: #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

This is a monthly blog hop on the theme of resources/learning for authors: posts related to the craft of writing, editing, querying, marketing, publishing, blogging tips for authors, reviews of author-related products, anything that an author would find helpful. Please click the title above to continue reading.

5 successful authors discuss daily word count goals

As a first-time NaNoWriMo participant—the worldwide community of writers who subject themselves to bleeding 1,667 words a day or 50,000 words total during the month of November—I was confused about how to keep up the pace the rest of the year. And should I? I asked five successful authors to discuss their year-round strategy and was surprised by the differences and flexibility in approaches. Click the title above to continue reading.

Author Craft Review 4: Catherine McKenzie’s Fractured

The purpose of this blog is to highlight techniques/tricks used by recently-published authors, so that upcoming authors can build a relevant reading list based on what publishers are currently buying. Today’s book is Fractured, a multi-timeline domestic thriller. Click on the title to continue reading.

Author Craft Review 3: Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

The purpose of this blog is to highlight techniques/tricks used by recently-published authors, so that upcoming authors can build a relevant reading list based on what publishers are currently buying.

TODAY’S BOOK: In a recent author-mentorship contest, several of the mentors listed Leila Sales on their wishlist as a writing style they’d like to see from potential YA mentees, hence my curiosity to see what all the fuss was about. Well, the fuss was warranted, and I’ve narrowed, as always, to the top three reasons why. Click on the title to continue reading.

Author Craft Review 1: Jessica Strawser’s Almost Missed You

This blog highlights techniques/tricks used by recently-published authors, so that upcoming authors can build a relevant reading list based on what publishers are currently buying.

TODAY’S BOOK: After hearing author Jessica Strawser describe her novel’s premise at the 2016 Writers’ Digest Conference, I wormed my way through the throng of fans to secure one of ten advance reader copies of Almost Missed You, a suspenseful story that will likely land in the Women’s Fiction section of bookstores.