Research is not just for non-fiction writers
Writing

Research is not just for non-fiction writers…

Recently I was debating with my good friend N. M. Thorn about how much research goes into fantasy fiction.  As I tend to write contemporary fiction and she works on fantasy, we each have different writing techniques.  She made a very valid point to me about how fantasy writers often research myths, legends and local… Continue reading Research is not just for non-fiction writers…

developing a novel
Writing

Seven key steps to developing a novel – Kate’s blueprint…

Seven key steps to developing a novel Writing a novel for me is a lot like training for a marathon.  Not that I have ever run a marathon before.  My resolution for my fortieth birthday was to skydive – big adrenaline rush with minimal training.  Unlike a marathon which requires training. To quote Diane Keaton… Continue reading Seven key steps to developing a novel – Kate’s blueprint…

Amazon reviews
Book Review

Amazon Reviews By Any Means Necessary???

The crackdown on bogus reviews reached a new level last week as Amazon won an arbitration agreement in Seattle against Freebookreview.com.  The amount of the settlement $75,000 is probably a drop in the bucket for both entities, but it sent a signal to independent writers – don’t cheat. Amazon first started their crackdown last fall… Continue reading Amazon Reviews By Any Means Necessary???

KDP self-publishing rules
Self-Publishing

The dark side of KDP self-publishing…

I started this blog as a place for discussions and support for independent writers because we have so few personal resources. Back in June, I published a blog “Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: What it means to be a professional author?” regarding a published author whose opinion was that independent writers were hacks who had to… Continue reading The dark side of KDP self-publishing…