Vocabulary, repetition, proofreading and editing

Advice from a New York Times Bestselling Author, Part 4

When you are writing, keeping your vocabulary rich and varied is essential, and a thesaurus should be your best friend. Just to illustrate this point, I looked up the simple word ‘walk’, and my online thesaurus offered me the following alternatives: advance, amble, ambulate, canter, escort, exercise, file, foot, go, go on foot, hike, hit […]

Pace, creating a page-turner, and using dialogue

Advice from a New York Times Bestselling Author, Part 3

There are many tricks of the trade to keep your readers interested. You, as a writer, will have a unique ‘voice’, but that isn’t enough. You must become an expert in pace, manipulating how the reader will read your work. Here’s a simple, probably obvious tip. If you are writing descriptive passages, use longer sentences. […]

Getting started, the two most important chapters, and chapter length

Advice from a New York Times Bestselling Author, Part 2

Starting to write a book is pretty daunting, but I’ve learned ways to simplify the whole process. My first piece of advice works for me every time. Get yourself a big, blank sheet of paper, the bigger the better. Use it in ‘landscape’ position and draw a horizontal line straight across the middle. This is […]

Choosing an author name, choosing a book title

Advice from a New York Times Bestselling Author, Part 1

pick your title

There has never been a better time to write and publish a book, thanks to the Indie revolution. We no longer need to depend on agents and traditional publishers to take on our books. We writers can do everything ourselves, and it isn’t difficult. However, even if you’ve written and published a sensational book, it’s […]

Your Personal Brand Is Calling

Start Expressing Your Unique Value to the World

Branding has become a buzzword. The term has been misused and distorted, but that doesn’t mean we should dismiss the concept. Branding is a force for personal expression and influence. What is a brand? One of my favorite definitions of a brand is from Seth Godin: A brand is the set of expectations, memories, stories, […]

author branding

Five Quick Self-edit Tips

Make sure your work is ready for the editor!

self editing tips

Do you know someone who cleans their house before the cleaning service comes? You might laugh, but there is a bit of logic in it. If you want a thorough, back-into-the-corners cleaning job, don’t make your house cleaner spend time dealing with clutter or dirty dishes in the sink. Editors are only human, and they […]