How to Create Buzz for Your Book?

It’s official! My book is coming to the Amazon Kindle Store in November 2017 and whilst this is pretty exciting (and scary at the same time) I am consumed with trying to think of some way to create a bit of buzz around the publication – since there won’t be a physical book launch party in the same way you would have one for a traditionally published book. So, I tried my hand at making a book trailer using public domain images and Creative Commons CC0 licensed videos (which can be used for commercial purposes and don’t require attribution). The soundtrack comes from Youtube’s creator studio and is one of the tracks that are attribution free. I know that it’s not the most professional-looking trailer the world has ever seen but, for a limited budget production, I would say that it does the job. Thoughts?

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4 Things Not to Miss When Editing Fiction

If you are about to start editing your manuscript and have absolutely, no idea where to start, look no further! Polly Courtney‘s video will give you an idea of what editing stages you should consider going through. I have been watching her videos for a while now and always find helpful tips and suggestions as I go on editing my work.

 

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How to Write Through Grief?

Emotions are the bricks that build great fiction. It’s great to be in flow and feel happy and productive all the time. But what if those feelings are completely turned upside down in the blink of an eye? What if the passing of another human being becomes the great inhibiting force which so many of […]

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The Dream Parade (Part One) – Cover Reveal

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Cover Credit: Public Domain Stock Image from pixabay.com, cover design by C.S. Knight © 2017 all rights reserved.

It’s a hot and sticky Sunday (especially sticky) and thoughts, along with words, are just sticking between my fingers and don’t want to come out. So stuff editing! It’s an unproductive mess of an afternoon. But since I have now completed the second draft of my current dystopian YA project The Dream Parade (Part One) (yay!) I thought it’s maybe time for the cover reveal, which I am very proudly presenting to you. August definitely looks like a realistic publication date for this now. Such relief!

Any thoughts on the cover? Feel free to let me know in the comments below. Otherwise, enjoy your Sunday. Hope you are doing much better than me. 

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When To Turn The Monsters Loose According to Stephen King

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.

The best writers keep their heroes (or heroines) in peril throughout their story. Seems like a good recipe to for success. Nobody wants to read about happy and safe characters…especially not in the darker fiction genres. But creating pitfall after pitfall can be exhausting and I’m never quite sure if I am overdoing it. If this is a problem you have come across, this quote from Stephen King might be helpful to you, too.

What aspect of writing are you struggling with today? Let me know in the comments below and have fun turning the monsters loose on your characters. 

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How to Produce Work That Lives Up to Your Ambitions

So, after crapping all over writing prompts on Sunday, karma has sent me the self-doubts. Of course. How could it be otherwise? At least I can trust that Ira Glass is…was…is (?) a man who can understand what this feels like. My boss is sending me to a leadership lifestyle course for the day and I thought some cheery words about storytelling and the 1 simple trick to help overcome the self-loathing we writers know all too well would be good material for a bit of #TuesdayMotivation. Stay strong!

How is your writing going today – feeling on top of the world or worse than a rat in the gutter? Ha, see what I did there? Let me know in the comments below and happy writing. 

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