Who knew? The first chapter of a novel can, literally, make or break its success. Oh. You knew this? Well, bear with me. I am learning as I go here. So, I made the classic rookie mistake. I began my novel the way it began in my head: with my protagonist waking up. It is how many… Continue reading The Importance of The First Chapter
When it comes to marketing, it’s difficult to know what works and what is just plain embarassing. Many authors post on social media online and take a best guess on success. A better method is to track consumer clicks and compare that to sales. Using a URL shortener can help you determine if your book… Continue reading Tracking Clicks by Brinda Berry
Okay, I pretty much slagged off most of December, so I’m posting here in hopes of gaining a little accountability. Here’s what I have in the hopper: Spring Chickens is scheduled for release on January 8, 2015 I have a two drafts to complete – Bossy Pants and Full Court Press I’m still waiting on… Continue reading Feet to the fire!
The holidays are behind us, and we are once again looking forward to the New Year. I realized very early on that resolutions never last long for me, so I changed to setting goals. I make them real, tangible and true to my heart. This keeps me focused, more apt to stay on track. Because… Continue reading Make it real, and true to your heart
As this calendar year slowly dwindles to a bitter end, so too does my hope of finishing my beloved novel. This is heartbreaking because I was so sure that I would have it completed by the end of the year. Then, you know, a publisher would fall in love with it by mid-January and I… Continue reading Finish What You Started
Ginsberg, Faulker, King, Ethridge, Dyllin, and Kincade all agree…in writing, you must kill your darlings. And so, this Sunday morning as I type blood stains my keyboard. I started writing five years ago. An idea came while folding laundry, I wrote the premise, and then three months later I had a complete manuscript that was… Continue reading Kill Your Darlings
Hello, my name is Harriet, and I’m an addict. It started off simply enough. I was at a conference and everyone else was doing it. Even though I was terrified, I sucked up my courage and tried. And then we did it at a few of my local chapter meetings. Now I’ve learned to get… Continue reading Harriet’s Addiction