Top 5 Things to do with Damaged Book Copies #AuthorAdvice

Slightly damaged books happens sometimes. I love CreateSpace because the few times this has happened, they’ve overnight a replacement! Another thing is, when we setup and breakdown for events, or leave our stock in the trunk of our cars, or kids… kids… books get dented, corners and spines frayed, but they’re still good! What now?…

5 Ways to Grab Free Reads & Books!

Whether you are a lover of books, book-addict, voracious reader, and just a lover of stories, we can spend a lot of money fast satisfying this thirst. We are the ones who grab up a series and devour it, we love many authors, and can’t wait to get our hands on the next new release. Here’s FIVE ways not only to get your hands on free books, but a chance to get to be among the first to read the new releases! You will discover very fast most of these require a little time from you, such as leaving book reviews so you become more visible and available to these amazing opportunity.

#WritingTip The Romance Genre Label

Romance. There’s this whole genre in movies, books, and TV series. Even then, in other genres it sort of creeps in there somehow. It comes in different flavors and even speeds! No, seriously let’s take a look at some of these. I don’t list them all, but I figured I would focus on terms you…

Revisions & Editing Workshop

If you missed my workshop with OCLS at the Downtown location, here is a chance to grab a copy of the PDF and/or PowerPoint Show. It was a heavy 2-hour course and we covered a lot of content and questions to help guide your revision efforts. Be sure to “enable outside links” since this does…

NaNoWriMo 101 – 2017 Edition PowerPoint

Yesterday, on behalf of Orlando Nanowrimo¬†at the South Trail location for OCLS¬†I had the honor to introduce and inform writers what this “Nanowrimo” thing in November means. I had a great group and it was fun tackling the questions many still had after the presentation. Per my promise, here are links to the PowerPoint I…

#WritingTip – Book Covers

This was a question that popped up in one of the many groups I am part of and after leaving a monster-sized response I figured I might want to post about this topic for those who need an answer to this. Not to mention my fellow Author L.E.Perez and I have been discussing this topic…

#WritingTip – Three Ways to Take Your Website Visitors Behind the Scenes

Originally posted on Discover:
It doesn’t matter if you’re a fiction writer, a landscape photographer, or an avid crafter selling your 3D-printed fidget spinners online. To show your readers how you created something — whether it’s a physical object or something more amorphous — is to bring them closer to your world. Next time you’re…

#amwriting: give your characters agency

Originally posted on Life in the Realm of Fantasy:
In literature, the word agency is used to define an active vs. a reactive character. Active characters have agency, where passive characters are pushed into predictable actions and boring outcomes. Chuck Wendig, in his wonderful post on this subject, nails down the heart of this issue:…

#AFO2017 Triforce of Fanfiction Panel

First off, myself (Valerie Willis), Racquel Henry, and Laura (L.E.) Perez want to say thank you for the warm welcome and great turnout for our first panel at an Anime Convention here at #AFO2017! We hope we were able to aid fellow writers and fans to jump into their stories and grow to new heights….

PowerPoint from Writing a Novel 101

Once more, I want to thank everyone who came out to attend one, if not all my classes on “Writing a Novel 101” at the Orange County Library in Downtown Orlando. I hope I was able to provide tools, knowledge, and inspiration at some point into each of you. Again, do not hesitate to reach…

#WritingTip – Editing & Revisions

Editing should be kept separate from writing. Bottom-line (granted more experienced writers can juggle both, but we are talking about several novels under your belt by this point). It’s easier said than done, I know I have a hard time sticking to this principle, but I can confidently say mixing the two can slow down…

#WritingTip – Developing a Writing Style

What is a Writing Style? It is the most important and precious thing a writer or author owns. This is what helps us illustrate, immerse, and communicate beyond the normal means of writing. The style each of us has textures us as unique in the ocean of authors out there in the world. It is…