Thoughts and Inspiration for Creative Writers

-from Chrysalis Editorial

Marketing Tip #3 – Guest Blogs

  This series of marketing tips will conclude with the “guest blog.” Bloggers often want and need content so they turn to others to provide it for them. Some ask you to pay for this, but often it’s free. They see the advantage of having fresh and interesting content without taking the time and effort […]

Marketing Tip 2: Advertising Can Pay Dividends

Advertising can be expensive, but at times it can also be an effective way to promote your book, especially if it reaches your target audience, and what is better than either a magazine (online or print) that reviews and focuses on new books. Advertising can be especially effective if your novel or book has just […]

Marketing Tip #1: Book Reviews & Author Interviews

            Book reviews are critical to your book’s success! I’m sure you’ve heard that, but it’s true for a number of reasons. Not only does your publisher want them to use as blurbs on the cover or for inside, but also for book promotion purposes. You’ll want to get traditional […]

Wow! A Two-Book Deal…And Then…

When you first receive word that you have a two-book deal with a publisher, you feel elated. Wow, not just one but two novels will be published. Then you realize you have to sit down and write the second one! When you signed that deal, you had no idea what the second novel would be […]

Review of Wool 1, 2, and 3 by Hugh Howey

By far this novel is the best self-published sci-fi I’ve ever read. Oh, wait, it’s actually one of the best sci-fi/dystopian novels I’ve ever read (self-published or not), and I’ve read quite a few: Everything from Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series and his Robot series, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange […]

Review of Losing Touch

Losing Touch by Sandra Hunter Review by Herta Feely Much of what kept me turning the pages of Losing Touch was Sandra Hunter’s clever prose and deft touch in describing her various characters’ vulnerabilities, foibles, desires, and often awkward behaviors. Here is one such passage from character Sunila’s point-of-view (of her husband and daughter): “They […]

By George, I think I’ve discovered a new genre of books!

There used to be Young Adult (there still is), but now there’s also New Adult! You’re all familiar with Adult fiction, Literary fiction, Women’s fiction, not to mention “Chick-Lit” and Romance. But over the past few months, I’ve read four novels that I think might constitute a new sub-category of adult/women’s fiction! A category I […]

The Writer and Depression

“Depression is more likely to occur in people who have a larger measure of life’s gifts, who tend to be more sensitive, more driven, more intelligent, more empathetic. And these very attributes are part of the vulnerability. They feel life more acutely.” – Dr. Frederick Goodwin, Former Director of the National Institutes of Health As […]

Three Steps to Improve Your Writing

We all have bad habits. Some people bite their nails, some leave dirty dishes in the sink, and some forget to foreshadow significant events in their novels. Of course, we all have ways of coping and working to better ourselves, right? The dirty dishes can just start going into the dishwasher. People can start chewing […]

Remembering Ray Bradbury

We know how fresh and original is each man, even the slowest and dullest. If we come at him right, talk him along, and give him his head, and at last say, What do you want?…every man will speak his dream. And when a man talks from his heart, in his moment of truth, he […]

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