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“I honestly couldn’t be  more grateful to Amazon and the way they treat self-published authors equal to published authors.” Interview with Colleen Hoover, author of SLAMMED.

“I honestly couldn’t be more grateful to Amazon and the way they treat self-published authors equal to published authors.” Interview with Colleen Hoover, author of SLAMMED.

Hi there! Here are some facts about today’s interviewee Colleen Hoover:

– She wrote her debut book in a month. A month!

– It’s currently #149 on Amazon IN THE ENTIRE STORE with 187 reviews and an average of 4.9 stars (WOW!)

– She self-published

– She just quit her full time job to do this full-time writing thang full-time

– She’s really nice. And talented. And I think you’re going to love this interview, AND her books. Find the links to SLAMMED & POINT OF RETREAT below.


1. Tell us a secret about yourself. Something juicy? 
 

Not a lot of people know this, but my husband’s first name is William…hence the name “Will.”  I get a lot of reader comments about how they wished men like Will existed.  I’m 32 and I’ve been with my husband since I was 16.  I can attest that great men do exist because I’m lucky enough to have one.  (Although he doesn’t write poetry.  *sigh*)

 

2. You write SLAMMED & POINT OF RETREAT in the 1st person, giving us in an intimate insight into your main characters, and you do it exceptionally well. It’s a hard thing to get right! What advice do you have for writers wanting to utilize the first person effectively?
 

 

To be honest, I’d never even attempted to write a book before.  I didn’t give it any thought when I wrote the first sentence to Slammed.  It was about five chapters in when I realized I should probably go back and pay more attention to what tense I used.  Luckily, I had stuck with first person present tense so I didn’t have to change anything.  The only advice I can give is what worked for me–get in the heads of your characters.  I really tried to put myself in their shoes while writing and tried to feel what they felt, so writing everything in present tense helped convey those feelings. 
 

3. In book 1 the story is told from Layken’s point of view, in book 2 it switches to Will’s. Why did you choose to do this? What has the reader reaction to this been like? 
 

 

Not a lot of people have mentioned it, but most seem to like being inside Will’s head.  I wrote the second book from his point of view because there wasn’t a lot I could do from Layken’s point of view with the way I wanted the story to go.  I think we had a pretty good idea how Layken felt about Will, but not as good of an idea for how he felt about her and why he felt that way. 
 

4. I read somewhere that you wrote SLAMMED in a month. Errrrr, how? Please share!
 
lol.  I have always wanted to write a book, but have always had the issue of not following through with it.  Once I got the idea to incorporate a character who ‘slams’ and started making notes, I couldn’t stop.  I fell in love with the story and the characters and was too excited to stop writing.  I worked 11 hour days and have three kids, so I would mostly write when no one was paying attention at work and while the kids were asleep.  I think I slept a total of 3 or 4 hours a day the entire month.  Point of Retreat took about six weeks to write.  I just started my third book, but I’m making this process go a lot slower.  I don’t think I can handle that kind of schedule again.  I don’t know what got in to me.
 

5. SLAMMED is heart-wrenching, deals with death and a lot of sadness, and yet I didn’t feel at all depressed reading it. The story was heart-warming and gratifying. How did you do that?! 
 
I have no idea.  I think it helps that I’m not a big reader and had never before read a romance novel, so I didn’t write with a certain genre in mind.  Also, I’m a very unemotional person which shocked a lot of my friends and family when they finally read the book.  They didn’t understand how I could write about death and sadness, yet don’t seem to be affected by it so much in reality.  Maybe that’s how I kept it sort of light, because that’s how I tend to look at life. 
 

6. What has your self-publishing experience been like? Has anything about it surprised you?
 
I am surprised on a daily basis.  I hate sounding like I entered this profession with blinders on, but that’s essentially what I did.  I had heard about the Amazon self-publishing program when I was almost finished writing Slammed.  The day I finished, I uploaded it to Amazon and made it free for a few days so my friends could read it.  I thought I could approach publishers later if that’s where I wanted to go with it.  I just didn’t think anyone would really read it and I certainly didn’t think it would become a best seller.  I honestly couldn’t be  more grateful to Amazon and the way they treat self-published authors equal to published authors.  I never dreamed I would be able to make a career out of this, so the entire thing is just one huge shock.
 

7. For readers who don’t know, poetry-slamming is a spoken word poetry contest. Slamming is an integral part of both SLAMMED and POINT OF RETREAT – what is your experience with it?
 
I first saw a documentary called Brave New Voices on HBO.  It’s a documentary about high school students from all over the nation that come together in a slam competition.  The thing that blew me away was that, although it was essentially a competition, all of the students were so supportive of each other.  If the slam was good, the opposing schools would give standing ovations.  The teamwork and support was amazing.  I started watching slams on youtube after that and actually watched one by a slam poet named Marty Schoenleber that just blew me away.  It’s called “Push.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL3JEbr1sFI   It actually gave me the motivation I needed to actually start writing.  Once Slammed was published, my best friend surprised me by contacting Marty and having him perform one of the poems out of my book.  That was by far the best gift I’ve ever received.  It’s on my website for those that want to see it.  It’s amazing! http://colleenhoover.com/the-lake/
 As far as actual experience with it, I’d never been to a live slam before.  After I published both books, my friends and I took a trip to Dallas and attended a slam competition.  It was incredible!
 
8. You created some fantastic and unique characters. What does the process of crafting such real, full and developed people look like for you? 
 
I absolutely love writing.  My favorite part is getting to know the characters as I write them.  I didn’t make outlines or character notes, so I would just try to put myself in the mind of the characters as I wrote each scene.  I didn’t really base them off of anyone I know other than Kel.  My middle child is named Cale and he is a lot like Kel in the book.  In fact, the scene with the snowman and the red koolaid actually happened with my boys.
 

9. You intertwine your love of the band, the Avett Brothers into your story. Are they aware of your stories? Tell us a little more about your fascination with them.
 
I discovered their music in 2010 and have been an avid fan since.  I think their lyrics are beautiful and profound, especially the sentence that helped motivate me to finally write a book.  “Decide what to be, and go be it.”
When I was writing Slammed, I thought it would be cool to give them a little ‘shout out’ in case people read the book that had not heard of them.  I had just mentioned them a couple of times in the book, but when I was finished there were so many songs I had listened to while writing that I thought it would be cool if I could use the lyrics as chapter headings.  I emailed their record label and asked for permission to use the lyrics and they gave me a prompt reply that it was fine.  I was stoked!  I think the band is aware of the book, but I doubt they are big readers of chick lit. lol.  Their father did call me and wish me good luck following the release of my book, so that was definitely a highlight!  They are seriously some of the nicest group of people so if I’ve turned even one reader onto their music, it was all worth it. 
 
 
10. Would you rather wear a Nickelback T-shirt for a whole month or not write for a whole year? (Inside SLAMMED joke. Readers you’ll just have to read SLAMMED yourself to get it!)
 
Oh, god that’s a hard one.  I guess I would have to wear the Nickelback shirt.  (With a jacket, of course).
Visit Colleen at her website here: http://colleenhoover.com/
Buy SLAMMED (book 1)
Buy POINT OF RETREAT (book 2)

 
 

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Ego, Deadlines, and Other Things That Go Bump in the Night, by J.T. Geissinger

Ego, Deadlines, and Other Things That Go Bump in the Night, by J.T. Geissinger

J.T. Geissinger is a Ladies Who Critique member whose debut novel SHADOW’S EDGE will be published 0n June 12th 2012 by Montlake Romance, the new romance imprint of Amazon. Congrats to J.T. for a wonderful achievement and thanks for a great post where she shares her advice on how to navigate the publishing business without losing your mind!

– Laura

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JTGeissingerWhen I began writing my first novel, it seemed a wonderful and lofty enterprise, unsullied by the pedestrian business of deadlines or the need to please anyone but myself. Once I landed an agent and a book contract, however, the ugly reality of the publishing business began to intrude. What do you mean, I have to rewrite entire chapters? What do you mean, this character’s motivation is unclear? And, really now, what do you mean I have to cut this, change that, shorten my brilliant tome by twenty thousand words? 

 

And by this weekend???

 

Book publishing is a business, one with a bottom line all businesses share: profit. For the novice author with dreams as big as the federal deficit, this can be tough to swallow, but I learned a few things in my journey to publication that might save you a Tylenol or two. 

 

 

  1. Put your ego aside

Easier said than done, I know, but an absolute necessity. You must develop the hide of a rhinoceros and not only listen to critiques of your work, but solicit them. Critique partners and supportive/trustworthy friends will help you refine and revise your work until it gleams, so get it out there and let the feedback pour in. You’ll be a better writer for it. 

 

One caveat: there is a big difference between critique and criticism. If anyone ever says anything remotely resembling, “Your story sucks/you have no talent,” you should cut that person out of your life immediately and forever. Even if it’s your mother. Especially if it’s your mother! Naysayers are a black hole from which your ego might never escape.

 

2. Learn to write under deadline

Besides running out of Merlot, there really is nothing more terrifying than making the transition from a lackadaisical, whenever-I-can-get-to-it writing schedule to the totalitarian, you-will-produce-the-manuscript-or-be-shot deadline imposed by a publisher. Suddenly writing isn’t so much fun anymore. Suddenly it’s (gasp!) work. If you’re planning a career as a writer, give yourself daily or weekly writing goals, and stick to them. Write when you’re sick, when you’re tired, when you’d rather be watching Modern Family. Because once you get a publishing contract, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing. And by then your family will be accustomed to your absences.

 

3. Give up the deadly/soul killing/totally unachievable goal of perfection

 

Your manuscript will never be perfect. NEVER. There, I said it. With the possible exception of James Joyce’s Ulysses (which was largely incomprehensible), there is no perfect book in existence. The goal shouldn’t be perfection, it should be completion. Seriously, there are many saleable, unfinished novels gathering dust on shelves because the author couldn’t push through to the end without perfecting that one sentence, that one paragraph. Don’t allow yourself to get mired in the quicksand of perfection. Get it done, get it out there, then let it go.

 

4. Think like a CEO

 

That is to say, long term, big picture. (OK, the CEO of an imaginary corporation. Cut me some slack here.) If you’re going to have a successful, long term career as an author, you must deliver the goods (your work) in a timely manner (on deadline) in a pleasing, consumer-oriented format (unless you’re going to write very highbrow literary fiction, which almost no one will read) and it also has to stand out from the competition. How are you going to do that?

 

Research. Which in this case = reading. Read everything, within and outside your own genre. Get a feel for what works, what doesn’t and why. Then use it. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel here, people, we’re trying to sell stories. That’s it. 

 

5. The Green-Eyed Monster

 

A final word about jealousy. Don’t allow yourself to go there. There are better writers than you. There are worse writers than you. There is room for all of us, because the public has such a huge array of tastes, and the market has niches both big and small. Jealousy kills creativity. Don’t try to write the next Twilight, the next Hunger Games, the next anything. It will always come off as false and the readers will know it. You can’t fool them! Don’t try to predict the next big thing and write for that. (Dystopian YA anyone?) Write for one reason and one reason only: because you love it. And therein lies your soul. 

  

J.T. Geissinger is the author of Shadow’s Edge and Edge of Oblivion, coming in the spring and fall from Montlake Romance. Visit her online at www.jtgeissinger.com.

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The Busy Mom’s Guide to Writing, a Guest Post by Suzannah (Write it Sideways) & GIVEWAY!

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Writing, a Guest Post by Suzannah (Write it Sideways) & GIVEWAY!

 UPDATE: 5/10 – This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congrats to Angela Hunter who won a copy!

 

Thanks to Suzannah of Write it Sideways for this hilarious anecdote of balancing writing and motherhood. Leave a comment below about the book or your own writing challenges to win a copy of Suzannah’s fabulous new guide, The Busy Mom’s Guide to Writing.

 

– Laura

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I’m a mom, and I’m a writer.

Like all other moms who write, I’m busy. Actually, as a mom of one school-aged child, one toddler, and a set of 7-week-old twins, busy is an understatement. These days, I wear a lot of ‘comfort fashions’ and dream of having a shower the way a child dreams of being accidentally locked in a candy shop overnight. I recently learned about an enticing short story contest, the deadline of which was rapidly approaching. I’d already started a story which was perfect for the competition, but could I possibly complete it, let it marinate, edit and proofread it in just five days?

My kids’ mid-morning nap times were ideal for writing, but what would I do when, at 5:30 am, three-quarters of my offspring were screaming just as I was struck with the creativity and stamina to compete such a challenge? Here’s what: I made my 2-year-old’s breakfast and sat him in his highchair. I plunked myself on the couch with a nursing pillow strapped to my waist (it sort of looks like one of those big trays hotdog salesmen wear at baseball games) in order to feed the twins. I then proceeded to write on my laptop, which was stacked on top of a craft table, several books and a Lego box to bring the computer to the right height.

Awkward. Very awkward.

But, after several mornings spent this way, I finished the story and entered the contest. I may not win or even make the shortlist, but I’m happy I gave it my best. Plus, if I don’t win, I still have a story I can submit to literary magazines.

While I wouldn’t recommend regularly putting yourself in such a position, remember there are always solutions (or at least partial solutions) for your time predicaments. When you’re a busy mom with a passion for writing, you’ll find ways to get your words on the page, even if it means a little indignity and a whole lot of juggling. Who knows? Maybe one day you’ll see me featured in an article like Weird Writing Habits of Famous Authors. Until then, you can bet I’ll be practising awkward writing poses for my press shot.

 

Suzannah Windsor Freeman is the creator and editor of Write It Sideways, and author of The Busy Mom’s Guide to Writing. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Grist, Sou’wester, SawPalm, The Sand Hill Review, and The Best of the Sand Hill Review anthology. Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/writeitsideways Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/writeitsideways Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/writeitsideways/

 

 

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Writing Links from around the web, 4/16-4/20

Writing Links from around the web, 4/16-4/20

Best Writing Links

There have been some GREAT articles on writing this week. If you are a newbie looking to get published, be sure to read number 6 from Jane Friedman. I’ll be reading the rest on my flight back to Seattle – 12 hours on a plane and I’ll need some good reading material!

Cheerio England, it’s been great. Have a fab weekend, all! – Laura

1.       Best Way to Kick-Start Creativity? Just Write. – Galley Cat

Yeah, that’s right. Stop worrying about writing the best sentence anyone has ever written. Writing is all about revision, proofreading and editing – remember this isn’t your final draft.

2.       How to Start Your Novel – The Write Practice

Don’t try to jump into conflict too soon. Take your time to introduce character and build the plot.

3.       Character Trait Entry: Brave – The Bookshelf Muse

Learn how to write about a “brave” character.

4.       You Can’t Be Published If You Don’t Play – The Artist’s Road

Have a play on words; create a terrible character; have a flawed plot; and only then will you be able to come up with a book publishers can’t wait to get their hands on.

5.       Is Your Character Talking the Talk Instead of Walking the Walk? – Word Play

Are your characters actually doing things or just sitting there talking about doing them?

6.       Writing & Publishing Terminology 101 – Jane Friedman

A glossary of terms every writer serious about getting published needs to know.

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Actively Unblock Writer’s Block with these Time Tested Techniques!

Actively Unblock Writer’s Block with these Time Tested Techniques!

Kathleen O'MaraToday’s guest post is courtesy of Kathleen O’Mara, author of Inspiration: Write Every Day.

Find out more about the book at her website, http://www.kathleenomara.com!

In this great post, Kathleen is addressing the awful topic of Writer’s Block…

 

(also known as “My characters aren’t talking to me”.)

 

We’d love to hear your thoughts on writer’s block and how you deal with it in the comments!

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Recent debate in writing circles has focused on the concept of writer’s block. The comments provoke great emotion on both sides of the argument. 

Some say there is no such thing as writer’s block; it’s only a lazy writer who will use a block as an excuse. Those who experience writer’s block describe periods of complete despair over the inability to produce written work.  Experience and reason fall somewhere between the extremes. 

 

Image courtesy of authorlorilotto.wordpress.com (more…)

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Writing for joy, not for publication

Writing for joy, not for publication

This is a guest post by Ladies Who Critique member, Lisa Amowitz. Her book BREAKING GLASS was just sold to Spencer Hill Press and will be released in the near future. Remember folks, you saw her here first! 😉

 

Take it away Lisa…

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This past Wednesday, the sale of my YA noir ghost story BREAKING GLASS to Spencer Hill Press was announced on Publisher’s Marketplace. Yesterday I signed and mailed the contract to my agent, Victoria Marini.

 

BREAKING GLASS is the story of Jeremy Glass, a troubled high school track star. When his crush disappears Jeremy becomes convinced she’s been murdered by his best friend, only to be haunted by her ghost.

 

Until about eight years ago, my main interest and mode of self-expression was art, yet I always wrote. After college I filled spiral notepads with my scribblings until years later when I decided to write a childrens’ book so I’d have something to illustrate.  Too bad I didn’t understand the market I was writing for. Eventually, I bumbled into an online writing group that helped me craft a manuscript, which got me my first agent request.

 

After four years of relentless effort, an agent finally signed me for my third book. But after eight tumultuous months parted ways by mutual agreement.

It felt like my ship had come in, then left without me.

 

But I kept writing. In early 2010, with my fourth book, nearly finished, I entered a Writer’s Digest contest and tied for runner up.  I then began to query, and proceeded to operate in a manner that flies in the face of every bit of wisdom I have ever heard. I sent out 90 queries all at once and got requests from about 30% of them. And the emails requesting phone calls started coming in. No offers, just requests to revise.

 

But I knew this meant I was getting closer.

 

At the end of July came the email from Victoria offering representation. I was skeptical. I was revising for other agents. She was new and really young. But I couldn’t help thinking how good she made me feel about my writing. In the end, I signed with her. In my heart, I knew I’d made the right choice. She got me. She got my writing.

 

But my fourth book did not sell. So I wrote BREAKING GLASS. The minute I typed the words THE END, I knew it was better than anything else I had written before.
But even that wasn’t enough. So, I wrote my sixth book.

 

Finally, after eight years of toil, we got the offer from Spencer Hill Press who unabashedly loved BREAKING GLASS.

 

When I first started writing, I was in some kind of a mad rush to be published as if I was being timed. I was certain that I had written the most genius book of all time and simply had to tell the world about it.  Sure, right. It stunk!

 

I think we all have stories inside us. The problem is —how you weave your tale is critical. Learning the craft of writing takes time, discipline and lots of guidance from others with more experience.

 

Learn your craft. READ. Go to conferences. Take writing classes. Write EVERY DAY. Find others you trust and develop the thick hide of an old rhinoceros. AND NEVER GIVE UP. Rejection is not the end; it’s a reminder that you still have a way to go on your journey.

 

One more thing! I am holding a contest on my blog — I am giving away a free blog banner custom design and a partial read from Victoria Marini.  For details visit me at:
http://lisa-amowitzya.blogspot.com/2012/02/amazing-blog-banner-redesign-agent.html

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How Blogging has Helped my Skills at Critiquing

How Blogging has Helped my Skills at Critiquing

This is a guest post from LWC member and editing student Rebecca Berto. Some of you may know Rebecca Berto as “Novel Girl”. She runs the blog Novel Girl which is dedicated to practical tips and advice for writers, comprehensive book reviews, and author interviews.

Take it away, Rebecca!

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Isn’t this a fun topic? Combining the sometimes-tedious task of blogging and sifting through manuscripts with issues to result in something positive?

 

I’ve been blogging for a little under four months now and I am confident in my statement when I say my critiquing skills wouldn’t be as advanced as they are now if I never started my blog. Yes, my blog, Novel Girl, is about writing and books but even if yours isn’t these techniques below are still just as important.

 

Let me share what I’ve learnt from blogging that has helped me:

 

Structure.
Preparing text (even if it’s a rant) into something structured, with meaningful pictures that break up the space, along with informative links, and a “marketing” frame of mind has helped me to improve picking up structural issues. When preparing a post, I’m constantly thinking:

  • Is this paragraph too large?
  • Is the sentence simple and coherent?
  • Have I ordered the pictures in a pretty way to make the post seem easy to read and interesting?


Goals.
I have goals when posting. If I’m posting on my blog about story structure, then I must also structure the information in a clear and sensible way. My first heading might be “First Plot Point”—and it’ll never come after “Midpoint”. I think about how the reader’s mind will process the information.

  • Am I drowning my reader in too much information?
  • Have I begun with a good hook to hold their interest?
  • Have I explained the goal of my post accurately and fully?


Continual questions.
Already I’ve asked myself questions, but I do this constantly as should you when critiquing.

  • Have I described the midpoint in this post as I claimed I would at the start?
  • Do I have a consistent voice? Or, do I slip from report-like to humorous and back again?
  • Am I setting up the information, explaining it and then leaving the reader with a clear thought about my message?

 

Can you see how these points are relevant to critiquing? It’s a much easier task to sit back and analyse the manuscript you’ve got from a distant and structured point of view. In my blogging I have a message I want to give the reader; in critiquing, you need to pick the message and find the best way to flesh it out—does Mary struggle enough before she accepts Joel’s forgiveness? Does the climax occur too early and has every scene before it been an increasing setup of information for this moment?

 

What are your thoughts? What feature of blogging has improved your critiquing skills?

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7 Questions & 3 Expert Tips with Crime Author, Toby Neal. Giveaway! Blood Orchids

7 Questions & 3 Expert Tips with Crime Author, Toby Neal. Giveaway! Blood Orchids

I’m very excited to introduce you to today’s author. Born and raised on the island of Hawaii, Toby Neal uses her native knowledge and first-hand experience as a psychotherapist to create realistic settings and experiences, complex characters and an all around chilling crime thriller. To get to know her a little more, I asked her 7 quick fire questions as well as 3 tips on how to write a gripping crime novel.

Leave a comment below to be entered to win a copy of her first book, Blood Orchids! (see synopsis below)

It’s winners choice: digital or paperback, but please be away that paperback is limited to US winners only.

 

 

 7 Quick Fire Questions

 



1. Dream job/ career when you were a child?

Actress. Television newscaster.

2. Favorite TV show?

Currently? Person of Interest. I love the premise, that Big Brother knows something but it’s up to citizens to help each other. And, it’s a bit dark and gritty which I like.

3. Favorite dish/ cuisine?
I love Italian food! That culture knows La Dolce Vita and could teach us all about quality of life.


4. Beach or mountains?

Both. I live on the side of Haleakala on Maui and love them equally.


5. Proudest moment?

Graduating with my Master’s in Social Work at age 40 and doing valedictorian speech.


6. Pet peeve?

Judgmental people.


7. 3 everyday items you couldn’t live without.

My glasses/contacts (blind as a bat!).
Mascara.
A computer with internet.



 

3 Expert Tips

 



Blood Orchids is a story of “murder and secrets.” For our Ladies Who Critique members who write crime and mystery, what are your tips for writing realistic, gripping stories in this genre?



1. Get interested in a certain kind of crime and research it—that’s where my plots begin. Let it percolate into your brain, read about the kinds of criminals that do these things. In Orchids it’s a serial rapist, in the sequel Torch Ginger it’s disappearing homeless people, in the third one Black Jasmine it’s identity thieves. I collect articles and really get to know the crime and how it’s handled and what kind of perp does it.

2. Develop character bios on each of your main characters. Because I’m a therapist, I write mine like a psychological report.



3. Outline. Hard experience has taught me that mysteries, with their layers of plot, have to be planned.

Good luck, and happy writing!
 

 

Blood Orchids follows police woman Lei Texeira, whose life starts to unravel after discovering a gruesome murder scene on the shores of beautiful Hawaii. A scene that also begins to expose Texeira’s dark buried past. After an impulsive mistake she is sent to mandatory counseling to help deal with the escalating violence and how it triggers her. Meanwhile she gains the attention of a killer, and the lead detective on the case, Michael Stevens. Even deeper conspiracies develop the story, originating with her father, a convicted drug dealer. Haunted by a persistent stalker, the shadow of her past looms over the growing relationship with Stevens, Texeira, with the help of her loyal Rottweiler, battles the monsters of her past and present, reaching out toward a loving future.

For information about Toby Neal and Blood Orchids, visit Toby’s website.

Connect on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toby.w.neal

Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/tobywneal

 

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Which Famous Author do You Write Like? Fun Tool!

Which Famous Author do You Write Like? Fun Tool!

“I write like…”

You should all know by now I loves me some new technology.

Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon this: “I write like…”, a statistical analysis tool, which “analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them with those of the famous writers.”

Errr… amazing!

All you have to do is enter a few paragraphs of English: your WIP, a blogpost, an article etc.

My results:

I write like Cory Doctorow. Funny thing is, I took two completely different pieces of writing (one magazine article, one part of my novel) and entered them on two different browsers just to make sure it didn’t remember me, and I still got Cory Doctorow. Don’t know who he is? Neither did I, now I do.

Go get your badge, and discover not only who you write like, but also new writers!

Genius.

 

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How To Format a Query Letter & Why You Need to Read Nathan Bransford’s Blog

How To Format a Query Letter & Why You Need to Read Nathan Bransford’s Blog

Good morning all. Hope that your week is going swimmingly and now it’s Wednesday, you’re half way through. Hoorah!

I’m going to assume that you have heard of the awesome Nathan Bransford. If you have, then no more introduction is needed. If somehow you haven’t, then… you’ll thank me later 🙂

 

If you are querying, or plan to in the near future, go over and bookmark Nathan’s blog and then black out a weekend or so to read all of his wonderful advice on querying. As an ex-agent turned author, the man offers us insight into that place no one can understand.

 

The mind of an agent (it’s a scary place!!)…

 

 

AND what they are looking for, and what they’ll pass without further ado, in a query. It’s like a goldmine over there. The blog has been a wee bit quiet of late, but that’s okay ‘cos it will give you tons of time to wade through the archives and play catch up!

 

Here are the posts I suggest you start with.

Why You are Receiving Rejections

The Importance of a Pitch (video)

* How to Format a Query Letter * READ THIS!

Make Our Lives (Agents) Easier

Things I Don’t Need to Know in a Query

 

And… If you are not close to querying yet, Nathan is an author too and offers a ton of writing advice.

 

Check out his general post on How to Write a Novel & the Writing Advice Database.

 

Phew. That should keep you a bit busy.

 

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