You can't always tell who's going to pick up your story and read it. Sometimes, readers are unpredictable. Those who don't read your genre may stumble upon it and read it anyways, and what speaks to one person won't to another. But you can tell some things about your own story based on the fiction … Continue reading What Fiction Classifications Can Tell You About Your Readers
Plots have been recycled ever since stories have been told, reusing themes like sacrificial death, the poor becoming rich, the ugly becoming beautiful, and other archetypes. Even great works like those of Shakespeare or Jane Austen can be traced to other influences, ideas, and concepts, but how do you make an old plot new? How … Continue reading How to Make an Old Plot New
I've been collecting quotes from books for years now and figure it's high time I put them to use. So here is the quote of the week: "If you look down and are not frightened of heights (the Society for the Preservation of This and That have put up some excellent railings to preserve you … Continue reading Quote of the Week
So I recently had a suggestion that I create image widgets about my book coaching so they can be put in sidebars, so I did. Thanks, Trix! You're welcome to copy them and post them on your own site, Facebook, etc. Thank you all so much for your interest and support! Copyright 2017 Andrea … Continue reading Widget Images Are Here!
Title: Long Road Out of Ur Author: Joel Thimell Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Historical Description per Goodreads: Something is rotten in Mesopotamia. A troublesome priest has been murdered; the pagan New Year's rites defiled; a royal tomb is robbed; and a would-be grifter, Lot, is in the wrong place at the wrong time. His father, grandfather and … Continue reading Book Review: Long Road Out of Ur
I've been collecting quotes from books for years now and figure it's high time I put them to use. So here is the quote of the week: "Human speech is like a cracked tin kettle, on which we hammer out tunes to make bears dance when we long to move the stars." Gustave Flaubert, Madame … Continue reading Quote of the Week
In writing, we're told to "kill our darlings" and get rid of the bits of writing we love if they don't serve the story. But what if we could those little scenes and transform them into something useful, incorporating the elements that are near and dear to our heart with the plot? It won't always … Continue reading 4 Ways to Make a Scene Matter
Today a new service joins the Book Coaching portfolio--Blurb and Summary Coaching. It's designed to give authors feedback on their blurbs (the paragraph or two that goes on the back cover) or their full page summaries (used primarily for agents and publishers), and for this month, both services will be half off. So if your … Continue reading Introducing Blurb and Summary Coaching!
Title: The Courtship of Jo March: A Variation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction, Fanfiction Book Description from Goodreads: Set in the early 1870s, this re-imagining of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is for all who have ever wondered how things might have worked out differently for the beloved March sisters - the life Beth … Continue reading Book Review: The Courtship of Jo March
Title: Into the Shadow Wood by Allison D. Reid Genre: Fantasy/Short Story Book Description from Goodreads: Once a proud member of the Sovereign’s prestigious personal guard, Einar has lost everything: his home, his Sovereign, and his purpose. Most of his closest friends have either been killed in battle or executed. His friend Nevon died trying to fulfill … Continue reading Book Review: Into the Shadow Wood