This Week in Indie Publishing

Amazon makes it easy to buy the wrong version of your favorite book Anyone can publish text that’s in the public domain, meaning there are plenty of bizarrely formatted versions of classic no…

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How Gutenberg Will Change WordPress

From your comments, it’s obvious that you most of you hate Gutenberg. Some, however, were on the fence. And a few have actually used it and seemed to enjoy it. There are some advantages to Gu…

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Top 5 Fears When Facing Feedback

Earlier this month, I sent my synopsis to my mentor. Sunday, she sent it back with feedback and I eagerly– spent the rest of the day avoiding it. I had dived into her comments on my first cha…

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Five for Friday: Beginnings

Check out this funny and useful post from Staci Troilo over on the Story Empire blog today … gave me a giggle …

Ciao! Today is a “Five for Friday” post, and I thought it might be fun to see how a novel begins. I don’t know about you, but I find beginnings to be difficult. I’m an outli…

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Everything You’re Absolutely Allowed to Get Wrong In a First Draft

Everything You’re Absolutely Allowed to Get Wrong In a First Draft

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Publishers Turn to AI to Predict Success

No one knows anything. William Goldman’s aphorism concerns Hollywood, but it’s also true of book publishing. Who would have guessed that 50 Shades would become a publishing phenomenon? …

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How To Make Dominant Female Characters Like-Able – From the Writers in the Storm Blog

by Lisa Hall-Wilson Many of us love to create female characters who are in charge. They are the boss, the leader, the take-charge and kick ass types who keep everything from the local PTA to a…

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How to Turn Fans Into Engaged Superfans

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Your Magic Garden

check out my post about walled gardens for fiction over on Story Empire today …

Hello SErs. Harmony here. Have any of you heard of a walled garden for fiction? I hadn’t until last year. And once I saw it in one place, I came across it in a whole load of other places. Oth…

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#MondayMeme #MondayBlogs

More Monday fun from Marcia’s blog …

Ever wonder how Charlie Brown met his lovable beagle, Snoopy? Well check it out! All grown up now, Snoopy has a few writing-related words from the roof of his dog house.  Enjoy!

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Book Review ~ End of Day by Mae Clair

Check out this review of a great read …

Hi Readers. Some of you have been around for a while and know that I’ve hosted author Mae Clair. Mae is one of those writers that I always look forward to her new releases because I know I…

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Surprise, it’s a case study

Check out this post on using movies to hone your writing craft …

Hi Gang. Craig here again, breaking rules left and right. I’m surprising my colleagues today, because I’m supposed to pick apart a book cover. We have assignments on Fridays, and I don’t feel like …

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How often do you unplug? #writinglife

Check out this post on unplugging by Mae Clair over on Story Empire …

Hi, SEers. Mae here hoping everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Today, I’m rolling out a topic that’s dear to my heart—unplugging. In our technology-crazed, social media-driven, al…

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From Writer to Editor: Two Tips for Better Self-Editing

Check out this useful post on self-editing …

  by Liam Cross   Writing and editing, whilst they might be of similar nature, are two totally different beasts, and it’s a lot to do with the thought processes behind them that causes th…

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The Danger Of Dirty Links

I always remove the nasty bit. Just as well …

With all the attention given among the Indie community to the removal of book reviews by Amazon, I’m amazed at the number of authors who still post dirty links to their books on social media. This …

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Why Writing Short Stories Helps You – From Rachel Poli’s Blog

A great post on how writing short stories can help you in your writing …

I didn’t start to appreciate writing short stories until fairly recently. I always viewed short stories as something “quick and easy” to write. Of course, they’re not easy to write at all. Just bec…

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Are You Distracted?

A fun post on writing and distraction from Joan Hall over on Story Empire …

Hi, SE Readers. Joan here today. I don’t know about you, but I consider myself blessed to live in the twenty-first century. While I enjoy living a simple life, I’m thankful for modern technology, e…

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#MondaMeme #MondayBlogs

A bit of writerly fun! …

Here it is Monday again, and you know what that means–time for some amusing memes about reading & writing. Or readin’ an’ writin’ as we say down here. Hope there are a c…

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Musiville: A Teacher’s Tale

Check out this heart-warming post from Nicholas Rossis’ blog …

It was my birthday a couple of days ago and I had a lovely surprise: a surprise gift from a Greek reader friend, who teaches children English as a second language. She wrote to me to let me know ho…

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More Challenges Faced by Indie Authors

Check out this interesting post from Don Massenzio’s blog …

This is the second in a series of posts centered on the challenges faced by indie authors as we try to compete in the vast ocean of competitors/cohorts that is filled with sharks and other predator…

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Fast Track Tool for Great Characters | Writers In The Storm

Angela Ackerman shares a tool for taking your story’s cast of characters to the next level. Includes examples and a video!

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Jewel in the Mud honoured on WikiEzvid

Hello everyone,

Jewel in the Mud (Zen Musings)

Jewel in the Mud (Zen Musings)

Happy Monday. I hope this finds you all well. Over the weekend, I received a delightful email telling me that my book has been featured on WikiEzvid’s website as one of 9 thought-provoking books. Here’s the link: https://wiki.ezvid.com/m/9-thought-provoking-books-about-religion-spirituality-iGn7sIBFoGRSK. I’d love if you could check it out and let me know what you think. What a nice surprise over the weekend 🙂


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

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How You Can Grow with Self-Publishing

Check out this helpful post on self-publishing from P.H. Solomon over on Story Empire today …

Happy President’s Day to all the Story Empire readers! Best wishes to everyone and enjoy the day if you have time off. Being a writer is lonely and being a self-published author can be trying…

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Gottaread Wottaread today

Hi everyone. I just wanted to give you a heads up that I’m over on Wottaread today giving an interview that shows you more of the quirky author that I am. If you’d like to pop over to say hello, the link is: https://wottaread.com/knowing-harmony-kent/.

Thanks so much to I.M. Redwright for this wonderful opportunity.

Apologies to my regulars for missing last week’s post. I’ve been in bed with flu. Great fun! Anyway, it would be lovely to see you all over on Wottaread if you can make it 🙂


Story Empire (Co-authored)

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday. Another week done and dusted. Lots achieved despite that virus still hanging around, which it seems to be doing with everybody I know. Still no biopsy results, but the run of bloods came back fine except for raised white cells, which the doc wants to keep an eye on. Fiancé and I collected our wedding rings on Saturday, and the wedding is now just a smidge over 3 months away. Get butterflies every time I think about it, lol. Still making steady progress on my WIP, and this week’s quote resonated with me because I had days I had to force myself to sit and write, but once I started, I enjoyed it 🙂

Have a great weekend, everyone, and here are this week’s writing links …


FROM STORY EMPIRE

What is your Dream by Joan Hall

Write Large by Craig Boyack … the third in a great three-part series of posts

Friday Cover Share by Mae Clair

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

Four Reasons to include Writing Prompts in Your Writing Regime by Becca Puglisi from Writers Helping Writers

The Key Components of a Compelling Character from Writers Helping Writers

New WordPress Formatting Options by Julie Glover from Writers in the Storm

Courting the Modern Muse: With Tarot by Anne Pisacano from Writers in the Storm

Using the Em Dash to Cheat at Punctuation from Just Publishing Advice … (take care with this one, though. You don’t want a book full of Em Dashes, lol)

8 Digital Marketing Forecasts for 2019 reblogged on Nicholas Rossis

Kindle Create now does ebook and Paperback from Nicholas Rossis

 


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

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Adventure, Magic, and Monsters: Adventures of the Lanternfish

Hello everyone. Today, I’d like to give a big warm welcome to Author Craig Boyack, introducing his latest book, Lanternfish. I can’t wait to read this one! Take it away, Craig …


Thanks for having me back, Harmony. I’m here to promote my newest story, Voyage of the Lanternfish. This one is a pirate fantasy. It differs from classic fantasy, because gunpowder is involved. There are flintlocks, cannon, and mortars to mingle with monsters, magic, and adventure.

Lanternfish has two main characters. We have Lieutenant James Cuttler, and Dan Philson.

James is an officer on a merchant ship. Dan is an oyster trawler of no actual standing. He simply works on the ships.

These two were childhood friends. James’ father helped him secure a position of some respect, while Dan moved into the main local business.

I debated telling this story from Dan’s point of view, but abandoned this idea. It would help to make James larger than life, in the way Watson makes Holmes seem larger than life. Ultimately, I decided it didn’t quite work with an ensemble cast.

My style is to write stoic main characters and use the supporting cast to bring a bit of color. I also wanted to distance myself from the Disney franchise. James is more like someone Russel Crowe might portray than someone Johnny Depp would play.

Dan is that nagging voice of caution, and focus. The big bad has taken his sister, who is James’ fiancée, captive. Their purpose is to rescue her, but the bigger picture gets in the way sometimes. Dan helps bring things back into focus.

James’ father was a covert operator for a prior king. He helped start a huge war, but fled with his young son before things really hit the fan.

A shadowy character found James and mistook him for his father. He wants a new war started, and he’s holding the girl to make sure James does his job. James doesn’t exactly know how to pull this off, but must try. Dan is the one who points out everything wrong with this plan. How his sister isn’t the only person who will be hurt if the war starts.

It takes James a while to change directions. He decides his strengths are at sea, and this is how piracy comes into the mix.

Piracy brings its own problems though. The crew become friends, and their goals aren’t necessarily the same as James’. He feels some responsibility for them, and this diverts him for a while. Will he use them, like others in power use underlings? Or will he try to keep them happy and healthy too? It’s Dan that brings him bluntly back to the main task.

It’s a bit of a tightrope, honestly. If I let them wander, the story loses focus. If I use Dan to keep the focus, he risks becoming a bit of a nag. Readers will have to decide if I walked this tightrope well enough.

Find out how James Cuttler becomes the notorious pirate Captain James Bloodwater, by picking up the book, Voyage of the Lanternfish. It’s a Kindle ebook, and Amazon Prime members can read it for free as part of their subscription.

 

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Blurb:

An honorable man is mistaken for his disreputable father. Now he’s pushed into a political scheme to start a war that will spread across multiple kingdoms. James Cuttler’s fiancé is being held captive to ensure he goes through with the plan.

He soon decides his skills are at sea and procures a ship to wage war upon those who disrupted his simple life. He can’t do it alone, so he recruits a band of cutthroats to help him. But first, they need guns and munitions to outfit the ship properly. Deception and trickery will only get them so far. Eventually, they’re going to have to engage the enemy.

James’ goals aren’t necessarily the same as his crew. It’s a delicate balancing act to collect enough loot to keep his crew happy, while guiding them back to rescue the girl.

Voyage of the Lanternfish is filled with adventure, magic, and monsters. Lots of monsters. Hoist the colors and come along for the ride.

Purchase Link: http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B07MP8V633

 

Bio:

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

Craig


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday. It’s been a productive week here, and I managed to get my 2nd crutch decorated for the wedding. I even took pictures of each stage so that I can post the how to … which I’m sure I’ll get around to one of these days! 😉 No biopsy results as yet, so I’m taking no news as good news. I had a load of bloods taken yesterday and will find out those results next week. Steady writing achieved too, which is always a bonus. My WIP now stands at a smidge under 31,000 words. I fell in love this week’s writing quote 🙂

We have some good links this week with useful info. And we have Craig Boyack visiting us tomorrow to showcase his latest book Voyage of the Lanternfish. I look forward to reading that one.


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Are You a POV Snob? by Mae Clair

How to Convert Your MS Using Kindle Create by Harmony Kent

Friday Writing Question by P.H. Solomon

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

Fantasy Sub-genres from Nicholas Rossis

Therapy Dogs for Struggling Readers from Nicholas Rossis

Bookful: An AR Book App from Nicholas Rossis

Dear Author: Stop Giving Everything Away … reblogged on Don Massenzio

Make Your Copyright Page Pop … reblogged on Don Massenzio

Author Earnings Crash from Just Publishing Advice

Common Self-publishing Blunders from Just Publishing Advice

When is the Best Time to Start Your Book Marketing? by Penny Sansevieri from Writers In The Storm

The Ingredients of a Best-selling Book by Doug Lewars from Ryan Lanz

How to Get Emotion onto the Page from Writers Helping Writers

Best Tips for Sticking with a Writing Project from Meg Dowell


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

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End of Day has come!

Hello everyone. Today is release day for Mae Clair’s second book in the Hode’s Hill Series: End of Day! I read this as an ARC, and also bought it on pre-order, which hit my e-reader today 🙂

Here’s my review:

 

The past is never truly buried. Nor can history be changed, no matter how much you might want it remembered differently.

End of Day is the second book of the Hodes Hill Series but works well as a standalone novel. The main characters differ from those in book 1, but a common character thread runs throughout, giving the MCs from book 1 a more minor role in book 2 and bringing previously low-key characters to the fore in book 2.

The narrative switches back and forth between historical time and present day and is easy to follow. The story opens with a bang and keeps going at a good pace. It has a great first line: ‘They were coming.’ Which grabbed me right off the bat. The story has an excellent historical feel, and the writer clearly knows her stuff. On the whole, apart from overuse of sentences beginning with ‘ing’ ending words, the writing is clean with few errors and flows well. Another line that I loved was; ‘Elation displaced anger, sweeping the vinegar of fear from the chapel.’ The author comes up a few lines that stand out like this. 

The plot and suspense are well laid out, and I didn’t guess the origin of the plague or answer the other questions until the author revealed them. 

This is a great supernatural mystery/thriller which I greatly enjoyed. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

 

A huge five-stars from me and well worth a read!

 

If you’d like a copy, the Amazon links are:

UK …  https://www.amazon.co.uk/End-Hodes-Hill-Novel-Book-ebook/dp/B07CKFDQ18/

US … https://www.amazon.com/End-Hodes-Hill-Novel-Book-ebook/dp/B07CKFDQ18/


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday! It’s been a tough week health-wise … came down with a heavy virus on Thursday last week and it’s got its foot jammed in the door, refusing to leave, lol. Also had a full day hospital visit on Monday, where it transpired I had to have a large growth removed and am now awaiting biopsy results. Some of what occurred in the treatment room needs to go in a book sometime … talk about hilarious. Which makes this week’s quote oh so apt and true! The good news is that the steroid injection I had late last month has helped … yay!! While the shoulder is still frozen, it is much, much less painful 🙂 

I haven’t done a lot of writing, what with everything going on, but I did come up with one of those lines that makes you giggle after you’ve written it. One of those tired and over-used cliches came to mind … ‘pregnant pause’ … nope, wasn’t having that. Just about to write something completely different, my wonderful muse came up with a refreshing take on it …

‘The pause that followed wasn’t just pregnant, it was at full-term with the baby’s head poking out.’

I know, I’m weird sometimes! 😉

Anyway, that’s it from me for now. I hope you’ve all had a good week and have an even better weekend. Here are this week’s links …


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Scrivener Tip: What to Include on Document Templates by P.H. Solomon

Learning More About Other Genres by Staci Troilo … contains an excellent resource link you don’t want to miss 🙂

Friday Book Share by StaciTroilo

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

What Do You Really Know About Your Critique Partners by Janice Hardy from Writers in the Storm

9 Tips for Creating Successful Antagonists by Lisa Hall-Wilson from Writers in the Storm

Want Authorly Superpowers? by Angela Ackerman from Writers in the Storm

Occupation Thesaurus: Yoga Instructor by Angela Ackerman from Writers Helping Writers

Want Readers to Fall in Love with Your Hero? from Writers Helping Writers

The 7 Best WordPress Plugins from Just Publishing Advice


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday and Happy New Year! Because I missed the last two weeks, we have a bumper list for you today. So, if like me you were internet AWOL, this will help you to catch up if you want to.

Fiancé and I had a wonderful time with family, and we are looking forward now to our planned wedding in May … officially less than four months away, and we’re both suffering butterflies already, lol. Here’s wishing all of you all good things for 2019. May all your goals and dreams come through. Without further ado, here are this week’s links.


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Endings by Staci Troilo (Dec 17, 2018) … Final post in a three-parter

A Writer’s Fiefdom by Mae Clair (Dec 19, 2018)

Friday Writing Question by Staci Troilo … What If? (Dec 21, 2018)

Merry Christmas by Craig Boyack (Dec 24, 2018)

Scrivener Collections and Editing by P.H. Solomon (Dec 26, 2018)

Friday Cover Share by Harmony Kent (Dec 28, 2018)

Wrapping Up 2018 by Joan Hall (Dec 31, 2018)

Where Your Muse Hides by Harmony Kent (Jan 2, 2019)

Five For Friday by Joan Hall (Jan 4, 2019)

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

Occupation Thesaurus: Fund Raiser by Becca Puglisi from Writers Helping Writers (Dec 15, 2018)

The Sayings we Owe to Shakespeare from Nicholas Rossis (Dec 17, 2018)

After NaNoWriMo: Seeing Your Story Across the Finish Line by Tiffany Yates Martin from Writers in the Storm (Dec 17th, 2018)

Goal-Oriented Storytelling from Writers Helping Writers (Dec 18, 2018)

Top 10 Writing Success Tips by Ray Bradbury from Writers in the Storm (Dec 19, 2018)

9 Tension-Building Elements for Dialogue by Becca Puglisi from Writers in the Storm (Dec 21, 2018)

Is the New WordPress Format Stressing You Out? from Writers in the Storm (Dec 24, 2018)

Denouement or Epilogue from Just Publishing Advice (Dec 26, 2018)

A Word to Focus Your Writer Journey in 2019 By Fae Rowen from Writers in the Storm (Dec 31, 2018)

How to Publish a Book the Right Way from Just Publishing Advice (Jan 1, 2019)

Start Your Writing Year Right by Angela Ackerman from Writers Helping Writers (Jan 1, 2019)

Social Media Throw-down by Fae Rowen from Writers in the Storm (Jan 2, 2019)

The Best Software For Writing a Book from Just Publishing Advice (Jan 2, 2019)


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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