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This is so true!

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

Something to think about!

-Jan R

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Goodreads Updates Requiring Your Action by Sept. 1st (July 5th for some items)…

I didn’t get this email, did you?

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Just received the following email from Goodreads, so just in case anyone missed it, or didn’t get their email, please take note and action as soon as possible(Note: some facilities will cease on 5th July):

Hello Chris,

As part of our commitment to improving Goodreads, we are phasing out a number of features in order to focus on the ones our members use most. As you are someone who has used one or more of these features, we are offering you the option to save your content by downloading it before Sept. 1, 2022. Please note that you will be unable to download your content after this date.

Questions? Visit our help center.We will be phasing out the following for which our records show you’ve added content:

Favorite authors
We are simplifying how you can stay updated on authors whose books you love. We will be…

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It’s My WordPress Anniversary!

It has been 7 years since I first began this blog. I have had many ups and downs with it, so I am embarrassed that I haven’t done as much with it as I had hoped when I began. No, I am not giving up but I am reorganizing the entire blog. I will still be posting debut authors but I am now a reviewer for Net Galley so I will be concentrating on ARC or advanced reading copies through Net Galley.  I had a problem saying no to everyone who wanted a review and got so overextended that I eventually seemed to abandon the blog. Therefore, I am not taking requests. I may at a later date, but I want to see how this goes with Net Galley.  If you are listed with Net Galley and would like a review, I can’t guarantee it, but if you leave me a link of your book on their website I will look at it and may review it. Thanks for understanding. Keep following the blog and let me know what you think. Thanks so much for being with me through this transition. 🙂

Genre Word Count Guide

Excellent breakdown by genre of word count.

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

1493414357331You ever wonder how many words you need to have an acceptable novel? Well, it varies depending on the genre. I pulled the following list from Writer’s Digest and The Manuscript Appraisal Agency. There are slight differences in their numbers, but they are within the following range.

  •  Flash Fiction                                                   500
  •  Novella                                                             10,000 – 40,000
  • Adult Mainstream Novels                              80,000 – 100,000
  • Adult Mainstream Novel Deal Breakers     fewer than 70,000 and more than 110,000
  •  Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy  …

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It’s a workbook! Unlock your book’s full potential and finish like a pro

Nail Your Novel

In my previous post, I mentioned how I’ve just hit my ten-year blogging anniversary and the surprising things that brought. So it’s high time to revisit the first book I ever published under my real name – and today I’m proud to present the Nail Your Novel Workbook!

(The title’s a bit longer than that… Nail Your Novel: Draft, Fix & Finish With Confidence – A Companion Workbook.)

It enlarges the 10-step process in Nail Your Novel Original, with expanded questions to tackle all the creative stages. I’ve added sections to help you discover your best writing method, beat writer’s block, squeeze maximum originality out of your idea, keep yourself on message when the manuscript is having a rest. And an in-depth workshop to help you find a knockout title. It’s a contract with yourself to produce your best possible book.

A proper post is coming tomorrow…

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How to use writing program Scrivener (The Basics)

So happy to have found this blog! I have Scrivener but haven’t used it yet. This will definitely help! Thanks so much! 🙂

Author Ari Meghlen Official Website

I have been asked a few times about the program I use for writing my novels.  So I thought I would take a break from the World Builder series to go through the basics of Scrivener.

Title Image: How to use the writing program Scrivener (The Basics). Image: Scrivener Logo

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No I Will NOT Review Your Book! And Here’s Why… #MPBooks

This is a must for authors to read prior to requesting a review with any author or blog!

My Peacock Books

Today’s post is a bit of a rant…

When asking for reviews for their books from bloggers and other influencers, authors can make a whole host of mistakes.  While there’s plenty of ways to go about asking for reviews, authors often don’t realise that it’s not just their chances of a review that’s at stake.  The whole way an author acts from asking for the review to receiving it affects how future bloggers/influencers will react to them.  So if you’re an author, you’d better beware, and don’t make the mistakes that this author has…

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EDITING 101: 64 – Story Organization…

Adirondack Editing is back with the last post of the series. I am so sorry to see it end and hope to see Susan back with another series for us! Thanks to both Susan and Chris for the wonderful tips!

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Story Organization

We talked briefly about this in Article #21, “Plotting.”  But now I’d like to go into a little more detail about it.

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, you’re simply going to have to keep track of some details, especially if your book deals with the passage of time. And that’s just about every book ever written—whether it’s only one day throughout the whole book or a number of years, or even decades or centuries. You must keep track of what is going on when. In addition to tracking time, you can also plot out your story arc (to be the theme of a future article), false clues (red herrings), foreshadowing, and other details.

As I said in Article #21, some authors use white boards or bulletin boards, notebooks or pads of paper, sticky notes, index cards, or…walls. And then there are those who avail themselves…

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EDITING 101: 63 – Are you overwhelming your social media followers?

Are you overwhelming your social media followers? Here are some great tips how to keep friends! Brought to us by Adirondack Editing. 🙂

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Are you overwhelming your social media followers?

Yes, yes—all authors are told to market. You need sales! You need reviews! You need readers! You need beta readers! You need to catch the eye of an agent or publisher! So off you scurry and spend as much time as possible reposting your blog articles or inserting links to them everywhere you can.

Unfortunately, there is something known as “too much of a good thing.” Even your most loyal followers may unsubscribe if they get tired of seeing the same posts everywhere. This is called “social media fatigue,” and you definitely want to avoid it! Think of any popular commercial that seems to play endlessly on several channels for months at a time. You may be able to quote it word for word, but how likely is it that you’ll actually purchase the item?

Linking all your accounts may be easy for…

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