Tips For Aspiring Authors [#9] Engage In Social Media

Tip #9 Engage in Social Media Befriend other authors, writers, poets, etc. on social media platforms. It’s a good thing. See what they’re talking about. Get to know them by commenting on their threads or liking a status occasionally. I started out by just reading some of my favorite authors’ daily posts. I didn’t necessarily post comments until I felt more comfortable. It gave me an idea of what social media etiquette was like, and … Continue reading

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

Special Announcement for Aspiring Authors

Thank you for visiting and I’m so thankful for the outpouring of love you’ve shown to this blog. It’s been over a week since I’ve updated, but I have a very good reason for being quiet: MY BOOK IS OUT! Yes, I’m yelling! You need a good book to read, don’t you? Go ahead, entertain yourself…today! I’m so excited because Too Many Lies is my fourth book and I’m truly living out a dream. In … 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 [#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

Wanna Be a Guest Blogger?

Are your kids getting on your last nerve?  Do they do things to make you laugh, only to turn around and do something to make you mad moments later? Do you always make your friends laugh by telling them parenting stories? If the answer is yes, you should share your story right here on Books, Writing, and Life. To celebrate the release of my ebook, Mommy Moments (summer 2011), I will be hosting guest bloggers for a  Mommy … 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