The Rules of Arcana

In writing genre, it’s important to be consistent in how the mechanics of that genre works. In this blog, I’m going to look at the rules of arcana (ie, ‘magic’) as it pertains to the kingdom of Altria where the Fairy Tale Case Files (William Tenys novels) are based.

Stick Out Your ‘Getting Published’ Magnet

Getting published can be a daunting season in getting your story out to the world, but it’s really good news, as much as it is necessary. If this is the publishing route you’re going to take, I present a few things worth keeping in mind at this critical time.

The Publishing Game

So, you’ve written a book, edited it, loved it and hated it (hopefully more love than hate…), and are ready to send it out to a publisher.

Write Your Book in the Genre that Appeals to You

When writing your book, choose the writing genre that interests you, even if it isn’t a popular genre. You will be more satisfied during the writing process, which will make for a more compelling story.

OMG: Paranormal Intervention

Writing a paranormal novel can open a can of ghostly encounters, and that in and of itself can give you more material, even though some of it can be unwelcome.

Making Your Mark

When they tell you “publishing is the easy part” you never believe them, not even a little, until you stumble past what you think is a finish line but is actually the start of some long-distance trek you feel by no means prepared for.

Getting Past the Eagle Eye of the Publisher

There are two things that are almost guaranteed to get your hard work thrown in the slush pile – poor editing and formatting that doesn’t meet the guidelines set out by the publisher.

The Importance of the Book Cover in Promoting Books

In my time cruising around the various blogs about getting published, I see that many people talk about the importance of things like press releases and pre-promotion and events, but not nearly as much about covers and finding the right covers (and the right artists).

3 Ways to Ruin a Romance!

Pet peeves…oh, I have so many! As a reader, I can’t stand to see certain things in books. As an author, it’s so much worse, because I know how much hard work goes into writing and editing a novel, and sometimes it just feels like an author gave up, or that they didn’t put as much effort into their work as they could have.

Novel Ideas

Starting 2017 with an offer from a publisher really threw me into a huge, unexpected learning curve.