My best words come at night (a poem about writing)

My best words come at night (a poem about writing)

Testing out my new theme with this poem I wrote for the preface of Book Craft. Help me test the comments by writing your own poem below! My best words come at night. When soft music is humming and birds or bats are chirping and dusk or dawn is peeking above the horizon. When the

Black Friday deals for writers (huge list: 2021)

Black Friday deals for writers (huge list: 2021)

It’s nearly the end of a long year. If you weren’t as productive as you wanted to be, don’t worry about it! But now might be a good time to start using the clean slate of a new year to set goals and level up your author career. The good news is, publishing success is

Where should my novel take place? Choosing setting and location

Where should my novel take place? Choosing setting and location

A novel’s setting isn’t just a backdrop; it’s a living, breathing entity that influences character dynamics, advances the plot, and evokes emotional responses from the reader. Just think about the fog-laden streets of Victorian London in a Sherlock Holmes mystery or the lush, fantastical realm of Middle Earth in J.R.R...

Getting readers to care about your characters

Getting readers to care about your characters

Creating characters that readers care about is the essence of storytelling. When readers invest emotionally in your characters, they become deeply involved in the journey, rooting for them, mourning their losses, and celebrating their victories. Here’s how to make your characters resonate with readers: 1. Make Them Relatable: 2. Give Them...

Is it too late to publish your first book?

Is it too late to publish your first book?

I saw a post online recently from a 23-year old author who was already worried that they were somehow “too late” to publish or get a publishing deal. I also received a lovely email from a 73-year old who is finally seeing some progress and success. I wanted to share it with you, hence this