Description and other monsters In this latest guest post, Aiden Meyer discusses how to write descriptions and the importance it has on a story. * Oddly enough, description does a lot more than just describe things. Think about this: "The sky was gray." It's the simplest, blandest description you can come up with, and yet … Continue reading Description and other monsters
In this blog post my fellow Firebound author Rob May talks about his new novel; Girl Under the Gun. Check it out today! * When I wrote my epic fantasy trilogy, Reckoning of Dragons, I tried to bring the excitement, pace and plot twists of my favourite thrillers into the mix. So when I sat … Continue reading GIRL UNDER THE GUN
My fellow Firebound Books author and the creator of the bestselling Eastern Kingdom Chronicles and the Whistler Novels, T.J Garrett discusses audio books and whether they are the right choice for every writer. Since commissioning the audio narrative for my book DEAD AGAIN, I have had two predominant thoughts. Firstly: “Oh my god, I can’t … Continue reading Audio Books – Obvious next step, or a bridge too far?
There are countless guides on the internet about how Indy authors should use social media if they want to raise awareness of their books. In this series of posts, I am going to tell you why, for once, you can believe what you read online. Facebook Pages Let's start with the world's biggest social network; … Continue reading The Importance of social media to Indy Authors : Facebook
I've been encountering a fair few debates surrounding the issue of free books and indie authors and have come to the conclusion that yes; free books are the enemy of Indie Authors. Before I get attacked and torn a new one by my fellow indie authors let me give you my reasons for thinking this … Continue reading Are Free Books the enemy of Indie Authors?
In this week's guest blog post, author Tom Barczak discusses whether writers are artists too. * Every time I speak to a room full of authors, I ask the same two questions, seemingly unrelated, but they do have a point. I ask: “Who considers themselves an author?” Most people in the room raise their hands, … Continue reading Writing as Art
Welcome to the first of what I hope will be long-running series of guest blogs. To kick things off Walter Rhein looks at editing myths. * There are some pretty absurd misconceptions floating around about editing a manuscript. Facebook and the internet in general, have conspired to proliferate a lot of insanity, but Stephen King’s … Continue reading Editing Myths – by Walter Rhein
I’d just like to deliver a warning to my fellow wannabe authors. As I was doing my regular scan through the writing groups on Facebook I came across the below: As you can see, this random person is offering writers the chance to get their work in front of 15000 people. Now, we see these … Continue reading Beware those who promise the Earth
Something a bit different for this week's blog post. This time I am going to tell you about my experiences with Facebook advertising and why I will not give Facebook another penny. I'm sure we've all heard the stories online that self-published authors have seen huge success promoting their books via Facebook advertising but from … Continue reading Facebook Advertising – A useful Tool for book promotion or utterly useless?
Ok, so as I was doing my daily round of soul destroying book promoting on Facebook I stumbled across a group where a fellow was proudly boasting that he had landed a publishing deal. Living the dream? or... Well done I thought, that's someone living the dream right there, but pretty quickly my happiness for … Continue reading Vanity Publishers – A rant