Category: Writing Tips

Marketing for the Self-Published Author

I learned the hard way by jumping blindly into the massive sea of self-publishing 2 years ago that marketing of your novel does not only include paying for Facebook ads, google ads, and building a following on social media. Sure, a select few self-published authors may be successful this way – but I leaned that […]

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When to hire an editor?

Many think it is crucial to first let your manuscript sit for a long time, then read it, self-edit, and send to betas. This is not a bad choice. It is actually pretty good. However, the world is spinning, and we all lose patience. Many of us don’t want to sit and wait for months before publishing our manuscript we worked so hard on.

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Rules, rules, rules

Are there rules on how to write a novel? Do you need to make sure you follow a certain ‘standard’ and use certain words in order to ensure your novel is following the ‘rules’? It is an interesting topic. As an active group member of many Facebook groups for writers, I often see authors post […]

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Motivation vs Inspiration

What does inspiration mean to you? Do you understand the difference between motivation, and inspiration? It may seem like a silly question, but a lot of writers get these mixed up in a way that hinders them from writing efficiently. Motivation means having the drive to simply set some time aside to write. It involves […]

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How to market your novel

Ugh, marketing. I’m with you there, it isn’t my favourite thing to do after I have worked really hard for months or even years writing and publishing a book. Marketing often feels like… that one thing you can’t get around, the demon waiting in the closed, ready to pounce as soon as you press the […]

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The 5 Pillars of Success!

What are the 5 pillars of success? Unless you have written a novel which unexpectedly boomed overnight, there are some important things to think about when it comes to success of your published novel. This advice is mostly aimed at self-publishers, however, can be used for traditionally published authors as well, making sure you are […]

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Showing vs Telling – Explained

I have touched on this subject before, but I feel it is such a large topic, which can be interpreted differently by different people as well. Writers around the world struggle with the ‘rule’ SHOW vs TELL. So, what does it really mean? To put it simple; it means that you need to SHOW the […]

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Authors get a voice in the publishing industry

Authors self-publishing their work is becoming a powerful trend in the publishing industry. Authors no longer need to wait for years to gain the attention of a publishing company, and they no longer need to go through letters upon letters of rejections. Self-publishing allows the author to be in control and own all the rights […]

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Self Publishing & Editing

Self-publishing on Amazon or Smashwords is such a convenience for writers – but with it comes some potential problems. Not only will there be books out there which are written quite poorly (that’s a given), but there are also a lot of books out which have missed out on professional editing. What does this mean […]

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Common dialogue mistakes

I have decided to show you a couple of common dialogue mistakes, which are both an easy fix. Grammar and punctuation can be difficult to understand, and know how to use at times, but once you know, it will stick with you! These are the two I come across quite frequently. Number one Punctuation in […]

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