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For those that like to keep up with the industry.

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Heres a piece of earth shattering news for those seeking to be published via the traditional route.  Two giants are merging.  The full ramifications for simple authors like myself have of course yet to be seen.  But stay tuned!

Here’s the full link

http://publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/industry-deals/article/54536-random-house-penguin-agree-to-merge.html

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Check out my new book trailer!

In Look what I did!, My novel: The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars on October 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I’d like to introduce my new trailer for my novel The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars

Yes its supposed to be a tease!  Hehe.. patience grasshopper, patience.  🙂

How Will Readers Discover Your Self-Published Books? Sobering Numbers Impact Today’s Authors

In On writing on October 29, 2012 at 10:27 pm

In the end this is a vital question that every author that is starting out must ask themselves.  Even more so if you are self-publishing.

Now as someone who hopes one day to be published via the traditional route, it still begs the question.  How can you increase the odds of success?

This little post I found on a blog I think sums the situation up nicely.  In the end she narrows her answer to the following.

Develop a platform that encompasses the following.

•  Book websites and/or blogs

•  Social media outreach

•  Press releases

•  Public speaking

•  TV, radio, and blog interviews

•  Blog and magazine articles

•  Targeted advertising

So how much of this are you doing?  Obviously the bigger the platform the better the chance of discoverability.

Hmmm let’s see what we can build shall we?

Here’s the full link…enjoy!

http://www.theselfpublishingexperiment.com/marketer/how-will-readers-discover-your-books/

An inspiration….

In On writing on October 27, 2012 at 7:00 am

We all get inspiration from something.  I think of inspiration as a motivation to do…to mimic and capture a powerful story.  I have found that various things do that for me.  Images, sounds, phrases, leap at my mind challenging me to rise to the level of creativity that I know dwells within.

Here is a video clip from the game World of Warcraft. The Wrath of the Lich King.  Here the game developers have done a powerful job in under 3 minutes of visually conveying a story, that captures my imagination.  And makes me want to put on paper a story that’s powerful like this.

What inspires you?  What sparks your creativity?

Is it “epic” enough?

In On writing on October 27, 2012 at 6:51 am

It’s taken me seven years to write my first novel.  I’m still in the process of revision, working to make the characters deeper than they already are and attempt to remove any flatness they might have.

When I wrote scenes in my book I often asked myself this question.  “Is it epic enough?”   In other words was the action such that when I finished reading it, I had captured the sense of excitement and vision that I saw in my mind’s eye?   When my novel is translated into film, will there be enough of a description for the producer and director to translate my work to the silver screen?

“Is it epic enough?”

I once saw a motion picture that I was really excited to see.  When I left the movies I was disappointed.  Not because it wasn’t that great of a movie but it left me wanting because I realized.  It wasn’t “epic” enough.

Now that I’m essentially done with my story and I am deep into developing my characters even more, I find that I’m asking a new question as it relates to them.  “Are they emotional enough?”  In other words will you care about them?  Do they make you laugh?  Cry, want to wring their necks?  Because if they don’t.  Then I haven’t done my job yet.

I’m actually finding this is more of my weakness as a writer, at least as it relates to this story.  But I’m working on it: so that when you read my stories.  You will come away satisfied and moved in some fashion a character.

Is your story epic enough?  And are your characters emotional enough?

Think about it.

On denoting feeling

In On writing on October 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

As I move more in depth to describe and impart a greater degree of characterization to my writing.  I am struggling with the show and don’t tell mantra.  How to denote anger without saying my character was angry?  How do I spice up the read?

I have remembered something from a training I used to do that I believe might help me and those that also have struggled.  In a simple word: Para verbal communication.  Well I suppose that’s two words, but hey it’s my blog.

Para verbal communication is spoken communication that consists of one’s voice tone, volume and rate or rhythm of one’s speech.  And these elements can be visually described for a reader.

Tone of voice: There are 4 ways to convey the meaning to this sentence, “I didn’t say you were stupid.”  How would you write it to capture each meaning?  The meaning changes depending on which words you emphasize.  Try it and see.  Just by italicizing one word can change its whole meaning.

Volume: Someone who speaks so softly as to whisper is a different character than one who speaks so loud over a phone; patrons in line at a grocery store can hear the conversation.

Rate and rhythm of speech: Does the character sound panicked?  Or does he or she speak in a dry monotone response when spoken too?  Remember McCoy from Star Trek and Spock?  Their dialogue was wonderful in part to the variances of how they communicated   McCoy was passionate and emotional in contrast to Spock who was cool and logical.  It’s easier to see the differences in characterization when they are offset against their opposites.

I don’t pretend to be an expert.  But I am ever learning to become a great story teller.  And using para verbal’s in writing dialogue and exposition of characters can go a long way to bring life into them.

 

Resource Monday! Introducing…. The Plot Whisperer!

In Its resource Monday!, On writing on October 2, 2012 at 10:53 am

Having problems with your plot?  Need some help or inspiration?  Well ladies and gentlemen.  I present to you   The Plot Whisperer!  Chocked full of great advise this blog is filled with helpful tips and advice on how to take your story from good to great.  Remember: I take check, cash, pay pal and credit cards!  🙂

http://plotwhisperer.blogspot.com/

Writing when you don’t want to.

In On writing on October 2, 2012 at 10:34 am

So; here’s a subject that I thought I would address.  What do you do when you just don’t feel like writing?

Do you ever have those days when you just simply do not feel like it?

Today as I write this I found out a dear friend of mine lost her father this morning.  I am really not in the mood to write a blog at the moment.  However, I thought: perhaps that is exactly what I should write about: doing something when you don’t “Feel” like doing so. 

How do you push through that barrier?  Do you even try?

I like to do variety of things, including writing.  Nevertheless, sometimes I get into a “mood” where the activity is like ash in my mouth.  I just don’t feel like it doing it.

Has anyone else experienced this?  And what did you do about it?