Fellow Authors are Friends, Not Food/Enemies: A Healthy Perspective on Author Networking (Realm Makers blog)

Author networking is a great way to build and grow your platform for mutual benefit. You win, because you get community and connections (and yes, even friends). Other authors win, because they get the same deal you do! Your readers win, because they get even more books to read!
Here are five ways to NAIL author networking! … More Fellow Authors are Friends, Not Food/Enemies: A Healthy Perspective on Author Networking (Realm Makers blog)

5 Ways to Use Fear in Your World-Building

Fear is a powerful tool to use in all parts of your speculative fiction story, including the world-building. Injecting some fearful elements into your science fiction or fantasy world increases tension, conflict, and ensures your world-building integrates perfectly with your plot. Here are five ways to use fear in your world-building! Note: When creating societies, … More 5 Ways to Use Fear in Your World-Building

Revise It! Banish the Boring Parts of Your Story Using Genre Conventions

 Identifying and eliminating the boring parts in a story isn’t a matter of following a checklist. The key to identifying those dull areas is a matter of understanding the genre conventions of your story, judicious use of beta reader and editor feedback, and creating the most intriguing narrative, voice, and characters you can. … More Revise It! Banish the Boring Parts of Your Story Using Genre Conventions

Author Marketing: Your Worldview and Your Audience

Whether or not you openly ascribe to a particular belief system or philosophy, your worldview will seep into your story. Identifying that worldview in your stories helps you create deeper, more authentic themes (even in light fiction) as well as connect with a tribe that resonates with what you’re saying.  … More Author Marketing: Your Worldview and Your Audience