08/06/2013 09:33:07 AM
Today I have the great honor of featuring a brand new book by author Zee Monodee. Zee writes
11/05/2012 00:22:35 AM
From the website of Ylette Pearson today:
Accounting for Lust is free on all Amazon sites from 5 November to 8 November 2012.
10/02/2012 02:27:08 AM
Your plotting is done, the idea germinated in your mind and grew to a nearly full-length novel. Now you have to sit down and actually write the novel. Suddenly you stare at the blank sheet on your word processor. You play around with the font of the Chapter One title until youre back to the original. You frown. The story is good, the conflict worked out and believable.
So why cant you get the opening sentence on the screen?
I had to ask myself the same question this morning when I stared [..]
07/19/2012 05:31:42 AM
As I mentioned in a previous post, I took the plunge last year and self-published an Afrikaans romance novel on Amazon and Smashwords.com. Like I promised, I now am in a position to provide feedback. Although sales have not skyrocketed and Im by no means a best-seller, the sales on Amazon were satisfactory. At least I made more than one sale a day for the past nine months and the reviews havent been all bad. So, will I self-publish on Amazon again? Definitely! In fact I have already. [..]
05/21/2012 04:05:35 AM
I found this post on the blog The Other Side of the Story. Being in the middle of doing a scene-by-scene plot of my next novel, this couldn't have been written at a more opportune time. Whether you're a plotter or a pantser, this advise will help you streamline the plot tremendously.
The Other Side of the Story: The Best Advice on Plotting I've Ever Heard: Two T...: But wait, there's more! I read a few pieces of plotting advice in the last few weeks I wish I'd written. They're nothing new, not [..]
05/04/2012 04:39:00 AM
For most of us, writing a novel is easy. You have the story and its only a matter of pounding away at the keyboard until the story magically enfolds on the pages. Right? Wrong! Getting the story onto the computer with a word processing program is the easy part. In previous posts I discussed the YWriter5 program, which is still free and I stand by my recommendation for first-time authors to attempt to use this program to plan their novel. The program has been updated and currently i [..]
02/09/2012 06:59:37 AM
Every so often I stumble upon a blog with valuable information on writing and I realize that I have not even reached the tip of the iceberg in honing my writing craft. If you read every single blog and book about writing as a profession, you will have no time left to write the novel or non-fiction book. This is why finding a blog or blogs that keeps you on track without stealing your precious writing time, is important. Many people spend hours a day surfing the internet, trying to gather [..]
09/22/2011 03:40:19 AM
Available from Amazon.com
Although it is early days yet to form an opinion, I would like to share my thoughts and experiences on self-publishing. Yes, I took the plunge and published a novel, Gogga op n Harley on both Smashwords.com and Amazon.com. The novel is in Afrikaans so I didnt expect a lot of sales from the onset. The Afrikaans market is very limited to say the least and although many South Africans are living abroad, it is a minute amount of people interested in reading Afr [..]
08/24/2011 08:16:51 AM
Every writer needs tips on how to improve their writing. Whether you are just stuck at a certain point or need general ideas on how to edit you writing, we all need help sometime. I found an excellent article today on how to improve your writing. Several different authors contributed to the article, which, in my opinion, only makes it better. In essence, the article provides twenty-five helpful hints on how to improve your writing, including tips on what to do when you are stuck and [..]
08/17/2011 09:16:05 AM
Today I managed to publish my first Afrikaans novel on Smashwords.com. It was a long road before I finally managed to have the courage to attempt this. Smashwords.com publishes mainly English books, but I felt that people should have a choice to read some Afrikaans as well.
Smashwords.com makes it easy to publish with them and if you follow the style guide they provide, you can format your book with relative ease. Hopefully I will be able to publish more of my novels there in the next couple of [..]
01/26/2011 04:32:49 AM
Most writers need to do more than fiction writing in order to keep the wolf from the door. One of these methods it to blog. Some choose to write blogs on an established site belonging to other people, but others choose to have their own blog from where they try to supplement their income. If you want your own blog, there are plenty of sites offering free blog space like Blogger, which is powered by Google. The advantage of having a blog hosted by Blogger, is that you get indexed in the [..]
12/02/2010 08:16:25 AM
As previously stated, Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it is traditionally held in November each year. If you participate, you are required to write 50 000 words of fiction in a novel format and upload your efforts to be verified. (You may scramble your upload, but it is deleted in any case automatically after the computer verified the word count.) Nanowrimo 2010 just came to an end and many writers proved to themselves and other participants that they are able to wri [..]
10/21/2010 05:11:01 AM
November is National Novel Writing Month. Writing a novel of 50 000 words doesnt seem so bad that is until you try doing it. This year I am determined to finish it I need a rough draft done of a romance novel I have waiting in the wings for some time. So how does nanowrimo work? Easy. You register on the website, do a little planning if you like and come November 1, you start writing your novel and update the word count on the website. From November 25 you upload your writing (whi [..]
10/21/2010 04:46:59 AM
I came across a blog post on Rachelle Gardner's blog today - it was a guest post by Chuck Sambuchino, the author of How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack , Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript and 2010 Guide to Literary Agents advising writers to embark on a variety of writing in order to keep the wolf from the door.
This is sound advise and although fiction writers would like nothing more than to be able to concentrate on the characters in their stories, the reality is that we need to write [..]
08/04/2010 02:56:57 AM
Every writer who ever tried to publish a novel will at some point experience the receipt of the dreaded rejection letter. What matters is not the rejection in itself. The true value, yes there is value in a rejection letter, is what you do with it.
The scenario upon receipt of the rejection letter goes something like this:
You log into your mail server, open the e-mails and there it is ... a letter from the publisher! Your heart beats like a freight train on full throttle and your hands shake. [..]
06/14/2010 11:45:42 AM
We all know that very few things in life are free. However, there are still some things you can find on the internet that are free - well free if you have uncapped internet access.
Harlequin Romance has for some time now allowed their readers to read stories online - even download complete free romance novels in e-book format. If you are an avid reader of Harlequin romances, you have to visit their web site.
Harlequin offers free online reads and free e-books for download in every series they [..]