Can you believe August if officially here? For me, it’ll be a super busy month preparing for the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Conference, as well as all the end-of-summer and back-to-school shenanigans.
I am experiencing some serious “book glow” friends — you know, the reader’s high after finishing a wonderful, satisfying book. Last night I finished Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg and I couldn’t wait to tell you about it. This was my first read by Melissa and, let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed.
gen·re /ZHänrə/ noun | a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter. (via Google) There are many levels of genre within writing. Fiction and non-fiction. Within fiction there’s romance, suspense, epic, tragedy, fantasy, etc. Within romance (for instance) there are subgenres such as Christian romance,Continue reading “What’s In a Genre? Choosing Your Genre Niche”
Several weeks ago I introduced you to Paul Combs and his endeavor to open The Last Word Bookstore here in Fort Worth, Texas. An independently published author and avid book lover, Paul’s passion runs deep for bringing this little corner of culture through the printed word to his community. Gives me goosebumps!
I have the great pleasure of introducing you to a fellow author and friend of mine, Andrew Budek-Schmeisser. Andrew and I first connected on the Books and Such Literary Agency blog. His insightful, intelligent, and often witty comments have taught me a lot about writing and life. He also regularly comments on this blog, forContinue reading “Book Review: Emerald Isle”
Oh me, oh my! There’s some tasty treats out there in Book Land. Yummy morsels just begging to be nibbled and savored. Here are two of my favorite fiction book candy flavors. Grab your cellophane bag and twist tie and get ready to stuff your mind full of some sweet stories!
Confession time. I totally judge books by their covers. Do you? Graphic design is a large component of my day-job in marketing and communications. I think my training gives me a unique appreciation for good design and a more sensitive eye for poor design.
I’ve come across some great stuff around the fabulous interwebs. Since I’m focusing on tips for writers this week, I figured I’d keep that going. I don’t know where I’d be along this journey without such amazing resources. Today’s TOP TEN list features 10 articles and blog posts from authors, agents, publishers, etc.
Writing fiction is like building a house. Pour a sturdy foundation (strong plot line/character arcs). Make sure walls are straight and level (each scene moves story forward). Set a roof with tight, protective shingles (track details and avoid holes in plot). Choose attractive accents and hardware (interesting yet subtle language/syntax). Don’t forget landscaping for curbContinue reading “Hand Me the Wrench: A Writer’s Tool Box”
I usually blog Tuesday and Thursdays. But on this Monday, I’ve got things to say. Hard things. Maybe things you’ll relate to. Here we go…