Creating an audiobook has been both easier and harder than I thought it would be. There's a lot more that goes into it than simply sitting and reading into a microphone. There's the timing and rhythm of your reading, as well as the possibility of a flub. Nothing that can't be fixed or overcome, but there are a million possible pitfalls that can hold your work up. Hopefully I can help you avoid a few.Read More
In truth this is where I feel books take the most shape. Editing takes our rough, flawed work and polishes it to a beautiful shine. I mean, I may be editing on a budget, and my works are probably still riddled with errors, but I've learned there are always dust bunnies in even the most well written works. Even those with thousands of dollars in editing done to them have something that could be improved. Could you imagine a world with no editing?Read More
I have an advantage when it comes to writing gore. Not only did I grow up imbibing horror movies and books, watching the monsters paint the walls red with blood, but I worked in the medical field. You see a lot of blood when you work with nurses. I really believe this up close and personal look at our bodies has made writing gore that much easier. We are nothing but bags of meat and liquid, and having a front row seat to blood, it becomes easier to talk and write about.Read More
This has become an interesting question to me lately. For whatever reason, I've decided to slow down my planned release dates for several books I would say are “done” in order to get some distance and time away from them. As I come back and read the stories, I find myself slipping quite easily into the worlds inside my head. Sometimes it takes my wife several attempts to draw my attention away from whatever I'm writing and back to reality.Read More
There are so many possibilities when it comes to creating a new character. That's probably why it's my favorite time. There are endless decisions to start it off, before you even think about the character itself.Read More
Music, and noise in general, are an integral part of our society. Music is something that helps us to break down barriers, and help us connect with one another.
I've asked the SIA moderators to share the music they listen to while writing, in order to maybe introduce you to an artist that helps you at a later date.Read More
Why do ideas flood me whenever I'm working on a project? I can't be the only one who experiences this phenomenon. Whenever I'm writing my brain seems to kick into overdrive. Before I know it, my mind is pulled off track as a new pressing idea shoves its way to the forefront of my thoughts. I blame it on my ADD, that part of me that begs for distraction.
The problem is, some of them are really good ideas! Today I'm going to discuss your options, and how to organize your ideas for future projects.Read More
The most powerful resource I have found for creating an ability to manage one’s own time is in Stephen Covey’s international bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. His 4-quadrant time management model is elegant in its simplicity and powerful in how it helps one organize their time. The model was so popular that he wrote a follow-up book with two other authors titled First Things First which was also a best seller that primarily dealt with how to manage one’s time.Read More
I'm used to living the slacker life. I prefer things on the quiet side, and I love it that way. I don't have kids, no little Riley running around causing hell. I have two cats, but they are sweet and easy to take care of. And my wife is a wonderful independent woman who gives me plenty of time to pursue my favorite interests, such as writing. My life is pretty easy to enjoy, and I find myself with a lot of free time.Read More
Right now we are going to focus on when you have time, but not the mood. For all that our little fantasies are fun to write, sometimes putting words to page is more like a chore than the escape it's meant to be. You look at the screen and all you see is the hard work that lays before you.
So how do you get yourself in the mood? When you have time to write, and nothing stopping you but your own motivation, how do you find it?Read More
The idea that magic in fiction might possess or need a ‘system’ was nonexistent to me when I first read my favourites as a boy in the early 1990s.
Magic was but a component to the awe and wonder within the stories. I didn’t need to know how magic worked, only that magic worked. I never questioned it and certainly wouldn’t have wanted to. Gandalf, for instance, simply wouldn’t have been the same figure of mystery and power if I knew the way his magic functioned.Read More
A Colorado native, I am a professional hydrogeologist and #1 Denver Post bestselling, award-winning historical fiction author. My most recent books include my pirate novel Blackbeard: The Birth of America, my World War Two Series (Bodyguard of Deception, Altar of Resistance, and Spies of the Midnight Sun coming in June 2018), and the Nick Lassiter-Skyler International Espionage Series (The Devil’s Brigade, The Coalition, and The Fourth Pularchek).Read More
So you're struggling to get your book in front of people? Well, I'm here to tell you it's not an unsolvable problem. The way we solve this is fairly straightforward, but you can't be shy.Read More
Say what you will, but nothing is better to me than creating your own reality.
In actual aspect, I use my roleplaying background a lot when I write. You have to consider every side of the story and your characters, make sure the atmosphere fits what you like to write. Hope you’ve caught all your errors, that everything fits the tools you've given them.
How much do you reveal to the audience? How much do you hide?Read More
Hi there, CB Archer here, and I am (hopefully) going to help you breathe life into the character of your world by sharing some of the ways that I do that!Read More
Keeping momentum can be difficult, especially when life and its pressures start to draw your attention away from your writing. Whether it’s kids, school, work, a party, spending time with the people you love, the world is filled with plenty of distractions. And that’s not even mentioning the black hole of a time sink that is the internet.
I have some exercises I do to help myself maintain my focus, and keep me on track when I’m writing anything.Read More
SAMUEL MARQUIS is the bestselling, award-winning author of The Slush Pile Brigade, Blind Thrust, The Coalition, Bodyguard of Deception, and Cluster of Lies. He works by day as vice-president and hydrogeologist at an environmental consulting firm in Boulder, Colo., and by night as writer of historical and modern suspense novels. He holds an M.S. degree in geology, is a registered professional geologist in eleven states, and is a recognized expert in groundwater contamination and hydrologeology, having served as an expert witness in several class action cases.Read More
"The Incredible Shrinking Story" (Any Genre)
Contest Writing Prompt:
Pop Quiz Hotshot - The moment you finish reading this sentence, an Incredible Shrinking Ray hits you from out of nowhere! You are now 1 inch tall! What do you do?
Will social media benefit the sales of your books? Ann Livi Andrews, Riley Amos Westbrook, and Christina McMullen all share their opinions and explain how they utilize social media in their own self-publishing endeavors.Read More
"Will You Be My Valentine?" (Humor)
Contest Writing Prompt:
Your lead character finally decides to try on-line dating. When they arrive at the restaurant to meet their potential soul-mate, but things quickly go awry in a hilarious fashion. Tell us all about it!