Category Writing

Don’t Beg & Bully, Engage Your Audience

As I slowly weave my way into the writing world, the biggest thing that stands out to me is the marketing. Truth, it’s a minefield out there and in the modern, digital age it’s even tougher to take your story, hold it up high, and have anyone notice you’re there.

Go to the grocery store and stand in line. I dare you to look in any direction and not be assaulted by advertisements. Yes, assaulted. It’s why half the time I get my groceries delivered. But I digress…

Be the solution. Don’t assault your audience, engage them.

Keep it simple. Remember the 90s when every advertiser was screaming at you from a web page? Banners flashed neon pinks and yellows, marching ants paraded around the border. Don’t be that guy. Seriously, stop trying to blind everyone.

There’s a trend happening in advertisin...

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#PitchWars 2016 Victim: K.J. Harrowick

Did I say victim? I really meant victim.

Huge thanks to Lana Pattinson for starting the blog hop, and of course Brenda Drake for all her hard work putting #PitchWars together. Another giant thank you to all the mentors for doing this. I can’t tell you how much it means.

#PitchWars Entry: Secrets of Sgådnor

THE WRITING LIFE:

The love of my life with books and writing is Fantasy and Science Fiction. Beautifully crafted worlds and languages get me every time, especially when I want to kick the characters out of the book and dive in myself. Whether it’s beautiful forest lands with sword and sorcery, or welded steel careening through the cold of space, any well-constructed world that makes me forget Earth exists is my cup of tea.

Buuuuut… there has to be darkness...

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Simple Blogger Tips

Did you know that I can look at a blog and tell you exactly why you’re losing traffic? Or not getting the users numbers you wish to see?

^In many cases this is true. The more I poke around blog sites these days at what other authors and writers are doing, the more I see the same mistakes happening over and over again. And guess what? You’re not alone. I also see some of this stuff happening on  large corporate websites, though those cases are a little bit rarer.

In most cases, it’s not the writing. Yay! However, for any bloggers out there who are scratching their heads and trying to figure out why their blog is driving users away instead of pulling them in, here are some quick and dirty blog tips to help you along.

On average, you have 15 seconds to capture your audience...

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Organizing Your Creative Life

I’d love to say that this happens at the beginning of every week right before I dive into a giant pile of <s>leaves</s> work. Nope, not even close. Every morning, as I curl up around my coffee and try to tune out the incessant early morning kid whining (we are not morning people in my house), I have to reorganize my life. Sometimes it takes an hour, sometimes four, but every day brings new things to do.

A few weeks ago though, I realized that the story ideas were generating again. I had several stuck in my head, not to mention each work in progress was at a different level of completion. So, I created a list of every novel (or idea), where it was at on the completion level, what it was/should be about, and a few other minor details.

Man, talk about a lifesaver...

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Pitches, Bitches!

Okay, probably not the best title to start with, but let’s just move forward, shall we?

Pitches. Like all newer writers (and by new I mean to the actual crafting, not vomiting words), I utterly suck at this. There, I said it. Post over.

Not really.

At least once a week I have an epiphany about my writing. This week’s aha moment came when I started thinking about #PitMad, coming up on 9 June. I have a polished manuscript. I have a synopsis, a query (that I need to rewrite) and a 3-line pitch (that I think may have actually rebuffed an agent). Not intentional, just a poor word choice. So, my apologies.

I’ve been looking at all of these pitch tools wondering what I might be doing wrong. I’ve gathered zero interest from anyone. Zero. Then it hit me – I didn’t actually pitch my story...

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