How to Self-Edit Your Writing

A good self-edit can make a huge difference in your writing, but only if you know how to do it well.   Even if you’re planning to use a professional editor or Beta Readers (which I highly recommend), self-editing beforehand can save your editor/readers a lot of frustration and make the process way less work for…

Titles and Blurbs

A quick bullet-point list of tips for choosing a title and writing a blurb! TITLES *First of all, THE TITLE MATTERS! (Let’s just get that out of the way.) *Know your audience (“straightforward” Wattpad title v. literary title for academics/high-brow readers) *A good title won’t make your book do well, but a bad one WILL…

How to Create Memorable Characters

All readers have experienced it at one time or another — that deep, resonant connection to a character in a book who, for a time, can seem almost more real than the people around us.  The best of these characters stick with us long after we’ve finished the book, informing us, lingering like an old…