Adding emotion to your book

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Let’s be frank here, this is something a lot of writers struggle with, so don’t feel like you’re the only one. Most of us, at some time or another, have that statement of “I didn’t connect to the story in the way I wanted to,” or “your character felt too remote,” or “the voice didn’t quite grab me.” Or any variation thereof. And while there are many reasons for these responses, I believe that one of the most important reasons why your readers aren’t falling in love with your book is: lack of good emotional display. So, how do you fix this? Continue reading

Not a Pitch Wars mentee?

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Welcome to the end of August and the almost-start of October, my favorite month of the year (can anyone say Halloween?). Pitch Wars has just come to an end (if you don’t know what that is, you can find out more here), and while some hopefuls have snagged a mentor, there are some wonderful writers who have missed out. However, that doesn’t mean your chance to build your writing career is gone. Not at all. It means you’ve taken a healthy step in the right direction. Continue reading

Writing & Bullying

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I want to talk about something very close to my heart today: writing and bullying. As an author, scriptwriter, Pitch Wars mentor, and editor, there is one thing I see that I am thoroughly against: bullying of both writers and others. I’m making this post so I can reach out to anyone who is being harassed and let them know they have an ally in their corner. If you are being bullied, or know someone who is, please reach out, and I’ll give you any support I can. In the meantime, here are some tips to help you… Continue reading

Writing – keeping your head above water

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All right, so in the throes of Pitch Wars and the constant rush that is publishing, I wanted to throw out a few tips about how I keep my head above water when it comes to dealing with all things writing when things seem really tough. Whether it’s a new ms stressing you out, query letters, submissions, a bad review, a disappointing edit, it’s all the same thing: we need to keep swimming. So here are my top five tips: Continue reading

Preparing for Pitch Wars

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It’s so nice to see you here. As many of you might know,  I’m a Pitch Wars mentor who’s taking a year’s sabbatical due to work and personal writing restraints. However, that’s not going to stop me from helping where and when I can. So let’s get to it. Today, I’m going to talk about how to prepare for Pitch Wars!

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How to answer “Have you published your book yet?”

Hello YABookcasers,

Ah, where to start? It’s the question so many writers dread. Some of the lucky ones have their books either published, or they’ve snagged a deal and have a release date. I’m afraid this post’s not quite for you. No, this post is for the writers who haven’t published, gotten their deal, snagged an agent, submitted their book, or even finished it.

So how do you answer the infamous “Have you published your book yet?” question. Well, this post could help you…

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