I’d Rather Not Be Talking to You but I’m Writing This Book: How a Shy Writer Tackles Research

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By Shayna Krishnasamy When I first started writing in high school I would often find myself restricting my stories to the only subjects I understood: family life, adolescent girl cliques, suburbia. I did this because the idea of pretending knowledge of a subject I didn’t understand inside and out—like, say, the police force, or scuba diving, or ballet school—made me terribly nervous, and the things I would have to do to research such topics seemed impossible. I was the girl who would … [Read more...]

Horror Selfies: Because Not Reading is Scary!

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The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has recently launched the Horror Selfies campaign, just in time for the Halloween season, in an effort to highlight the exceptional work, both literary and cinematic, produced by the horror genre. Inspired by the popular “Say it with a Sign” meme—used by everyone from Ellen DeGeneres and Jon Bon Jovi, to David Beckham and Princes William and Harry—the HWA is utilizing the vast reach of social media to provide a platform through which people can tell the … [Read more...]

Fright for your Write: Part 3 (Plot)

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By Craig Dilouie Now we're ready to get past the idea and into nuts and bolts. Which means plot and characters. Let's start with plot. Plot begins with the basic three-act structure. We have the normal, the horror element changes everything, and then we have the new normal. Setup, confrontation and resolution. A family moves into a new house to make a fresh start. The town is terrorized by a werewolf, which the family must fight to survive. The family defeats the werewolf, and the … [Read more...]

So, About That Cover: A Cover Artist Weighs in On Typography

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We've said it before and we'll say it again: Authors planning to self-publish should not make their own book covers. That's what professional cover artists are for! However, even if you're letting someone else take over the design and creation of your cover, that doesn't mean you shouldn't be well-informed about the process. Understanding how book covers are designed and why certain aesthetic choices are made can only help authors make the right choices when hiring a cover artist and … [Read more...]

Market In Ways That Work For You

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By Kate Larking When people hear that my marketing research revolves around marketing and promotion for fiction authors, the first question is usually akin to this: “Do I need to _______? I’ve been told I need to ________ to sell books.” What is the ______? It could be: Blog every day Keep a website Be on Twitter Have a Facebook Page Host giveaways Buy advertising on Google Manage an Instagram account for my cat I’ve heard all of these and more. But the main thing it … [Read more...]

The Open Day Writing Competition – Panel of Judges

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The Open Day Competition is looking for good writing, and an exciting voice…a born storyteller who can engage the reader from page one and build on that in the pages that follow. The 'hook' of the opening chapter is vital in today's competitive market, especially if a writer is focusing on digital publishing. An appealing synopsis is also more important than ever, especially when browsing on the Internet. Besides being the official presentation of your book, it is one of the most valuable … [Read more...]

Fright for your Write: Part 2 (The Horror Element)

By Craig Dilouie We're starting with the fun stuff: the horror element. Make people face the fantastic with high stakes, and you've got the setup for a thriller. Make the fantastic horrifying, and you've got horror. Make the horror impose a constant threat of death, and you've got survival horror. Make the element a ghost, demon, etc., and you've got supernatural horror. Make the horrifying element a global threat, and you've got apocalyptic horror. Make the horror something that's largely … [Read more...]

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