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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.
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.
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!
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.
Have you read any fictional novels that include characters with Autism Spectrum Disorder? Do you know of any books that have characters with Autism Spectrum Disorder?
With the help of feminism (NOT the anti-men kind) and people supporting equality amongst the sexes, women now have more equal rights than ever before, and are also perceived as strong, intelligent individuals. Their strength and success continues to be portrayed and represented across all types of media, so this article focuses on how to create strong female characters who are realistic, relatable and representative.
By Chelsea, Stand Corrected Editing, 24th February 2020 Do you slog through classic literature while hating every second? Or do you thoroughly enjoy the likes of H. G. Wells and the Bronte Sisters? Be honest with yourself here, it’s okay to admit that you don’t understand the hype, and many have been brave enough to reveal their distaste for the classics.
For all of you out there who write stories, poems and books, you'll understand the importance of the editing process. From self-editing all the way up to professional editing, it all needs to be done.