How Old Do You Need to be to Write a Book?
If I were to ask you to name 10 big authors, who would you say? The first 10 who pop into my head are: J. K. Rowling Stephen King Margaret Atwood J. R. R. Tolkien James Patterson Neil Gaiman Dan Brown John Grisham Danielle Steel Agatha Christie
How to Create Strong Female Characters for Your Novel
With the help of feminism (NOT the anti-men kind) and people supporting the equality act, women now have more equal rights than ever before, and are also perceived as strong, intelligent individuals.
A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing the Perfect Query Letter
Many writers spend years perfecting their manuscripts to send a flawless novel to their dream literary agent. While polishing one’s pride and joy is essential, just as much time and effort need to go into the query letter – one of the two crucial documents that most agents request alongside the synopsis and first three chapters.
20 Binge-Worthy Young Adult Fantasy Novels
Fantasy has become one of the most popular genres in the literary world, especially in young adult fiction that captivates adults as well as teens. However, everyone has heard of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and the likes of Divergent by Veronica Roth, but there are so many more gripping fantasy novels that don't just focus on a teenage girl in a dystopian world. Not that there's anything wrong with that trope, but I get the feeling that you may be after something a bit different; something unique that takes you away from this harsh world we live in. So, without further ado, here are 20 of the best young adult fantasy novels that you may have missed, but are definitely worth a read!
Pinterest is the Secret to an Indie Author's Success!
You’ve probably been led to believe that Pinterest is for women to plan their dream wedding and future home, but Pinterest isn’t just a wedding planner – it’s super useful for indie authors, and will likely give you up to 80% of your website traffic if used smartly.
5 Common Writing Mistakes to Avoid!
Writing fiction is a rewarding hobby, passion or career choice for anyone who enjoys creating new worlds and characters, and loves the art of writing. However, whether you’re a new writer or have self-published a series of novels, several common writing mistakes will make you stick out like a sore thumb to agents, editors and your readers. These mistakes are relatively easy to rectify if you know what to look for, but many writers don’t and assume they have written a masterpiece, only to be disappointed when they face rejections and no book sales.
How to Plan a Historical Novel in 3 Easy Steps
Reading a historical novel is exciting; you get to travel back to the era you find most interesting and immerse yourself with characters from the past. I mean, what better way to escape from the horrors here in the present day? However, a historical novel is one of the hardest things to write. Unless you’re creating your own history in a historical fantasy or a science fiction, you have to make sure that every little detail is accurate. If you don’t, readers will quickly pick up on the inaccuracies, and your book will flop like a bitch!
Do You Need a Pseudonym to Boost Your Book Sales?
As an avid reader, a passionate writer and a professional copy editor, I have always explored different genres and styles written by all kinds of authors. However, in the publishing world, authors are often advised to use their initials or to create a pseudonym to grow their audience and increase their book sales. Why? Because apparently, some readers can be picky when it comes to an author’s sex. For example, J. K. Rowling was advised against using her full name, Joanne Rowling, when publishing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone due to the assumption that boys would not read books written by female authors. In recent years, Rowling has used the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith, to separate her crime books from her general fiction, but why has she used a male name? Perhaps to avoid being judged for being a female author? Nora Roberts has also done the same thing – she goes by the name of J. D. Robb for her crime novels, which doesn’t reveal her sex or who she is.