Thanks so much for the giggles and smiles, Chris! We all love them!
Thank you, M. L. Davis on the ‘Uninspired Writer’ blog, for your article about characters.
Creating characters is one of the most exciting parts of novel writing. Getting to know your heroes, your villains, your story’s main players is a lot of fun. You’ll learn more about them as you write, at that exploration is the best way to understand them completely. But before you start writing, there are five things you need to know about them. Take a look:
Starting simply, it’s very helpful to have character names before you start. I can’t pretend I’ve not written ‘NAME HERE’ for minor characters in early drafts, but with your key players it’s easier to have the names early on. Baby name books/websites are great for this, as you have unlimited options and they tend to include origins and name meanings too.
Thank you very much for this post about bad Amazon book reviews. We all appreciate your work, Derek Haines.
on Just Publishing Advice:
They are infuriating, annoying, and often stupid. They are unfair, depressing, and disheartening.
But bad book reviews are one of the harsh realities of being a published author today.
If you’re a seasoned author, you know what I’m talking about.
If you are a new author who is about to publish your first book, you will come to know soon enough.
A book review asks; does the book work for me?
A customer review is different
The worst of the worst
Free ebooks can attract negative reviews
Here we go again!
It’s only a review
Thanks so much for the giggle, Story Reading Ape! I had a good time with this one!
Erica Verillo, thank you for providing us with the names and information of four UK agents seeking our work! We really appreciate it!
on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:
Here are four UK agents expanding their client lists.
Mark “Stan” Stanton is always on the lookout for new crime writers. He is actively searching for new novelists and non-fiction projects.
Jamie Cowen is looking for genre fiction of all kinds, including crime, thrillers, SF, fantasy and horror, and all fiction for young adults. He is also looking for sport-related non-fiction, and commercial narrative non-fiction, and is keen to see submissions of all genres from BAME and LGBTQ writers.
Julian Alexander represents fiction and nonfiction of all kinds, from history and medicine, heartwarming memoir, to illustrated books, to edgy detective novels and fast paced thrillers.
John Ash is seeking literary fiction, ambitious fantasy, and anything with a dark vein of humour running through it. On the non-fiction side, he loves to read literary and unusual narrative non-fiction and memoir, and is especially interested in writing on music, cultural history, nature and art.
Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements can change.
K. M. Weiland provides us with a blog post describing misconceptions about being a writer. Thank you very much, K. M. Weiland!
on Helping Writers become Authors:
Like any good story, the writing life is a tale of deceptive depth.
At first glance, it offers up a shiny, artsy, fun cover. Become a Writer! its title beckons, and its first chapters lure us in by fulfilling all these initial promises.
But the deeper we get, the further we go, the more we realize there’s more to this story than meets the eye.
There’s more adventure, more conflict, more drama, and more comedy than we could ever have realized.
In short, there are many different misconceptions about being a writer.
AdminBD provides us with a few good tips and hints on Anne R. Allen’s blog. Thank you very much for this great article.
on Anne R. Allen:
One of the primo, Number One “rules” for writers is write what you know.
Writing what you know is generally excellent advice for writers who are in the early stages of their careers. Knowing your setting — whether it’s geographical, professional, familial, is one less issue you’ll have to face when you’re still not yet completely comfortable with fiction’s basic craft elements — narrative, backstory, plot, dialogue, character.
What if you can’t — or don’t want to — write what you know?