Monday, October 28, 2013


Today’s book publishing markets allow writers to take control over their work. This does not mean your novel should look inferior to those in print by publishing companies. If you decide to self-publish, follow these tips to guarantee your work is professional.

Weak Writing:

This is a sure killer when it comes to self-publishing. Savvy readers can pick up on passive writing, which may turn them away from your book altogether.

Too many adverbs:

Those pesky “ly” words can destroy a plot faster than a deformed story arc.

Texts that leads to nowhere land:

Every sentence and paragraph should be written with a plot-driven purpose. Even dialogue should have a point, opposed to meaningless chatter.

Incorrect spacing:

Not so long ago, two spaces were the norm between sentences based on the characters of a typewriter. Today, one space is adequate.

A cheesy book cover:

Seek out a quality graphic designer. Look at books in bookstores to get ideas for your own cover.


What steps did you follow with your self-published book?

Monday, October 21, 2013


Your first novel is now complete. Or is it? Sure, the words “the end” have been typed, but the work is far from finished. The challenging part is through rewrites and editing.

However, shortening your manuscript should take place after the conclusion of the first draft to avoid inhibiting the creative process. Follow these tips to help lighten the weight of your novel:

 -Cut out unnecessary words for succinct writing. This means words like, anyway, simply, somehow, just, finally, truly, somehow, about, can be deleted from your pages.

-Keep ideas concise and avoid repetition of words, thoughts and phrases.

-Use one adjective oppose to two or three. Example: “Astonished by the low flying plane, young Jeff shoved his hands in his pockets, winced and crinkled his nose, before yelling out, “Ooooohaweee.”

-Show and don’t tell. “She looked shocked.” Or, “She stumbled back, clutching her heart.”

-According to editor, and blogger, Rachelle Gardner, “If you cut 12 words per page in a 350-page manuscript, you’ve already shortened it by 4,200 (unnecessary) words.”

-Do away with incessant “ly” adverbs: suddenly, truly, lovingly, surely, thoughtfully,

-Shorten Characters’ thoughts.

-Backstory that serves no purpose should be omitted.

 How do you shorten your manuscript?



Monday, October 14, 2013


Most novelists are up against many intricacies when it comes to penning arcs in their story. There is no wonder finding which arc you’re on can be a bit daunting.

An arc is the obvious path; the curvature of a story from beginning to end.

Arcs usually ensure a cohesive finish to a manuscript, which outlines what the story is about and gives your ending a dramatic finish.

Types of arcs:




Arcs used in creative works:

Mini series



Motion Pictures

Nigel Watts, author of Writing a Novel and Getting Published, talks about the eight-point story arch in which all great novels must have:

1. Stasis

2. Trigger

3. The quest

4. Surprise

5. Critical choice

6. Climax

7. Reversal

8. Resolution

For details concerning the eight-point story arc, go to link:


Other websites on story arcs:


Sunday, October 6, 2013


Some authors are theoretically unaware their fiction novel is women’s fiction until they compose a query letter. While the general audience may be geared toward women, this doesn’t necessarily mean the book itself is women’s fiction. So, what is women’s fiction? It is the subject and situations involving female individuals and their plight, with the character’s journey at the center of the theme, and is relatable by female readers.

Some examples of women’s fiction:

Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline

Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan

First Sight, by Danielle Steel


What type of women’s fiction would you like to write?