Tips For Aspiring Authors [#8] Know How to Hustle

The subtopic to this one should be …And How to Handle Road Blocks I’m a little peeved right now because I’ve spent the entire morning stuck in Charlotte traffic and driving around making sure local stores would order Too Many Lies.  A local book store has copies, can see the title information  in the distribution system and everything is copasetic. It’s a go. Green light. I went by the local Barnes & Noble, who should … Continue reading

Tips For Aspiring Authors [#7] Interview With Bestselling Author Angela Benson

I recently interviewed Angela Benson, after I saw her updated Facebook profile picture which displayed her new eBook, Telling Your Tale: A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction for Print and eBook, 2nd edition. After downloading the book, I realized it would be the perfect addition to the Tips For Aspiring Authors series. In case you didn’t know, Angela Benson is a bestselling, award-winning author of 12 novels and two novellas. Her work has been published by six … Continue reading

Tips For Aspiring Authors [#6] Read Other Genres

Tip #6 Read outside of your genre Aspiring authors, take some time to read, then read something you wouldn’t ordinarily consider. There’s a whole world out there. Why are you inside your writer’s corner with tunnel vision? Open the door. Go outside. Expand your horizons and see what the rest of the world is writing about. While Too Many Lies was in editing, I took some time off to read a few books. I picked … Continue reading

Tips For Aspiring Authors [#5] Don’t Hound Other Authors

Tip #5 Don’t Hound Other Authors Let me preface this with the following caveat: I’m not posting this as a snub to aspiring authors, I’m posting this because this is what I’ve done to get where I am. Some of it is good, some of it is bad. I’m trying to keep you from doing the bad. Read on… Smart Move Good: When I penned my first novel, Brotherly Love & Betrayal, I was so excited … Continue reading

Tips For Aspiring Authors [#4] Start a Blog

Tip #4 Start a Blog Blog (noun) a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer; (also: the contents of such a site) When I started writing years ago, I had a few people in my circle who encouraged me along the way. I wanted to share my journey through the process of becoming a published author, so I started a blog. I hadn’t written anything … Continue reading

Tips for Aspiring Authors [#3] Determine Your Audience

Tip #3 Determine your audience Dear Aspiring Author, What are you talking about and who are you talking to in your writing?  Who will read or be interested in your book? Is your audience men who like historical fiction? Teen boys interested in superheroes or supernatural beings? History buffs? Women? Children? Put a face on your audience. My audience is adult women, so, I make sure I speak to women about their issues and feelings. … Continue reading

Tips for Aspiring Authors [#2] Write

Tip #2 Write You have a story and you want to tell it. Write it down. You have to or it’ll be just like wanting to tell someone good news, but no one is around for you to tell. Feed the need to share. First, write to get it out of your system. Don’t worry about it being good. What you write may not be perfect; actually, it isn’t. Not yet. The first draft is … Continue reading

Tips For Aspiring Authors [#1] Study Your Genre

Tip #1 Study your genre So you have a good idea for a story? Great. Now what? The obvious thing to do would be to begin writing, right? While the old adage, writers write, is true, one key bit of advice I’d offer is to read books in the same genre/category as your story. gen·re  \ˈzhän-rə\ a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content There’s good reason for … Continue reading

Changing Lanes

One of the biggest challenges I have faced as a working adult is lane changing. It is like driving on the highway for the first time. You want to get over, but you’re afraid. Is anything coming? Do I stay in this lane? Can I switch lanes now? My journey was similar. First, I wanted to be a writer. No, a reporter. Maybe a human resource manager. I settled for being a clerical worker because … Continue reading

Fear of Writing

You wrote a story and you think it’s good. But you won’t let anyone read it because you’re afraid: Someone will steal your story. People won’t like it. You’re not really sure it’s good. Let me help you out.  No one wants your story. There are no new stories. The same stories are told over and over with a different spin. Think about watching your favorite television show and how many times you’ve seen different shows … Continue reading