It’s that time again! Time to highlight some of my favorite fantasy covers! Last week I focused on recent fantasy covers which blew my mind. Well, this week I’m going back in time to take a look at some of the artists who captivated my mind in the past! DARRELL K. SWEET For much of…
Whether you finished the first draft of your book in less than 30 days or it took the better part of a year to even get your outline completed, authors have a reason to celebrate when their books come hot off the press. Your agent may invite you out to dinner, but then again, many … More Interesting Ways to Commemorate a Successful Book Launch
I have a few select authors that will be a part of this epic giveaway, but I’d like to extend an offer to bring more into the circle. Authors can accomplish great things alone, and incredible things in groups! I’m looking for Fantasy Authors to be a part of a “big-prize” giveaway. Prize: Kindle Fire … More Calling Fantasy Authors! Reach more readers. Join this Kindle Fire & $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!
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Bad dialogue will ruin an otherwise great story. It can rip your reader right out of the setting or create one that feels false. It will kill your pacing by stealing the energy from a scene. Almost all bad dialogue suffers from the same few issues. Don’t…
I recently became a slush reader for freeze frame fiction and it has already been a far more enlightening experience that I’d thought it’d be. I’m an experienced and published writer, so I like to think that I know how to push past the slush pile. But it surprised me to see the comments of … More From a Slush Reader: Why You’re Getting Rejected
This review is for writers and contains huge spoilers. You’ve been warned! Marissa Meyer achieved the goal all traditional-bound writers pine for. She wrote her book, agonized over her query letter, submitted to her dream agents, and landed a Big 5 book deal on her first agent. More on Marissa’s Query and publication history at the end … More The Query Letter that Landed a Dream Agent & Big 5 Book Deal : A Book Review of Cinder for Writers
As we approach the summer months, there will be a few Twitter Pitch contests opening up. These are amazing opportunities to get professional feedback on your work. A lot of people enter these contests with the intention of winning some sort of lottery and landing an agent, and while that can happen, it’s better to … More 4 Tips to a Stellar Twitter Pitch
I’ve discovered the most wonderful drug. You must have heard of it. Books, literature, the written word? One taste of “prose” and you’ll be gone for hours, maybe even days, only coming out of your stupor with drool running down your face and a jolt of lucid awareness that’ll have you asking for more. Should … More Satire Post: Warning, Books are Drugs!
A fantasy and post-apocalyptic novel published by Simon & Schuster, written by New York Times Bestselling author Kresley Cole offers insight to writers, analyzed by AJ Flowers. … More 5 Lessons Learned by Analyzing a Big 5 Novel: Poison Princess
Today I’m going to focus on a critical story flaw that’ll get stories rejected, including mine. This is when your MC (main character) is considered “passive.” A passive MC is when he or she does not influence the story development, and rather outside sources, circumstances, or coincidences drive the story instead. A good rule of thumb … More 3 Sneaky Mistakes That’ll Get Your Story REJECTED!