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Tips on Your Quest for An Agent

Tips on Your Quest for An Agent | writing | Scoop.it
Self-publishing my 4-book YA fantasy series, The Conjurors, was an experience that I am so grateful for. Over the past five years, pushing myself to finish the series and learning how to effectively market it has given me purpose and taught me what it means to build a platform and brand for myself. But I'll…
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How to Weave Believable Technology into Your YA Dystopian Novel (Part 1)

How to Weave Believable Technology into Your YA Dystopian Novel (Part 1) | writing | Scoop.it
I'm in the process of closing my current series and beginning a new one, and I'm thrilled at the chance to create a new world from scratch. My next series will be dystopian YA, and in preparation I...
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Some of the ways that successful YA dystopian authors seamlessly integrated technology into the worlds they created.

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Sweating Your Way to Writerly Greatness

Sweating Your Way to Writerly Greatness | writing | Scoop.it
When an athletes are wildly successful, no one questions that in addition to talent, they have put in countless hours practicing, relentlessly drilling themselves on specific maneuvers and training...
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Authors themselves (myself included) often underestimate the amount of time, effort and practice needed to make their writing good.

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How Important Is a Cover Reveal for Your Self-Published Novel?

How Important Is a Cover Reveal for Your Self-Published Novel? | writing | Scoop.it
Later this month I will be publishing the third book in The Conjurors Series, Guardians of the Boundary. As part of my pre-launch activities, I considered doing a major cover reveal. I've seen self...
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Here are some questions you should ask yourself to determine whether it’s worth your time to have a cover reveal for your novel.

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The Pros and Cons of Cursing in Young Adult Literature

The Pros and Cons of Cursing in Young Adult Literature | writing | Scoop.it
After six books that were curse free, I'll never forget my surprise near the end of the final Harry Potter book, when Mrs. Weasley calls the woman who killed her son a bitch. I remember wondering -...
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Should you, in your self-published young adult novel, risk using curse words?

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On Using Story Cartel to Get Reviews for Your Self-Published Book

On Using Story Cartel to Get Reviews for Your Self-Published Book | writing | Scoop.it
For self-published authors, establishing credibility with a substantial number of honest reviews is crucial in order to sell books. In an effort to get more reviews of the first book in The Conjuro...
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For self-published authors, establishing credibility with a substantial number of honest reviews is crucial in order to sell books. In an effort to get more reviews of the first book in The Conjurors Series, I tried a website called Story Cartel.

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When to Include an Epilogue in Your Novel

When to Include an Epilogue in Your Novel | writing | Scoop.it
Unlike prologues (which I covered in last week's post) epilogues are a much less controversial concept in the writing community. Everyone from J.K. Rowling to James Dashner uses epilogues to wrap u...
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There are times when an epilogue can be a powerful tool to enhance the reader’s experience.
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Best YA Fantasy Books for Your Book Club

One of the best parts about being a YA author is the fact that I get to read all the latest and greatest YA fiction in the name of research. As fun as it is to dive into a new world, analyzing the ...
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Modeling Your Novel on a Classic

Modeling Your Novel on a Classic | writing | Scoop.it
A great source of inspiration for me has always been looking at the classics. And I'm not alone. How many times have familiar storylines crept in to popular works of fiction? The best authors take ...
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How to borrow elements from a classic when writing a novel.

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Announcing My New YA Fantasy Novel: Knights of Light (The Conjurors Series)

Announcing My New YA Fantasy Novel: Knights of Light (The Conjurors Series) | writing | Scoop.it
I'm not going to try to play it cool - I'm excited to announce that the second book in my young adult fantasy series, The Conjurors, is published. Knights of Light is now available on Amazon. If yo...
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I’m excited to announce that the second book in my young adult fantasy series, The Conjurors, is published. Knights of Light is now available on Amazon.

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How to Create a Series Bible

How to Create a Series Bible | writing | Scoop.it
I remember hearing a story that J. K. Rowling would use reliable Internet sites when she was writing the Harry Potter series to recall specific details from prior books in the series. At the time, ...
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Tips on Writing Series Backstory

Tips on Writing Series Backstory | writing | Scoop.it
I've begun writing the third book in The Conjurors Series, and in the opening chapters I'm running into an issue that I remember from writing the second book. How much backstory should I include fr...
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The list I’ve compiled on what has worked for me when writing series backstory.

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Motivation vs. Inspiration

Motivation vs. Inspiration | writing | Scoop.it
For self-published writers, a lot of deadlines are self-imposed. This can be a blessing and a curse. It allows for flexibility, but it also enables us to procrastinate, since the only person we ans...
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What do you do to motivate yourself to adhere to your deadlines and keep writing?

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Author Interview: Alistair Cross on Writing Vampire Horror

Author Interview: Alistair Cross on Writing Vampire Horror | writing | Scoop.it
I'll admit that I have always had a weakness for a great vampire story, and Alistair Cross's fast-paced horror novel, The Crimson Corset, absolutely fits the bill. This story is no Twilight; it's a...
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Interview with vampire horror author Alistair Cross on his novel, The Crimson Corset.

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What's Your Story's Logline?

What's Your Story's Logline? | writing | Scoop.it
In the writing world, there is a lot of talk about creating stories that are high concept, especially if you're writing YA fantasy, like I am. Basically, if your story is high concept it has a comp...
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Here are 10 examples of the loglines from YA fantasy movies that instantly convey a high concept.

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When the First Book in Your Self-Published Series Is the Weakest

When the First Book in Your Self-Published Series Is the Weakest | writing | Scoop.it
Once upon a time I decided to write a young adult fantasy novel. I spent hours plotting, writing, editing, rewriting. There were dozens of beta readers, five major rewrites of the entire story (and...
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The problem is that readers’ introduction to my writing is the first book of the series – which is the weakest. Below are some of the ways I’ve seen this problem tackled.

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How to Keep the Lovers in Your YA Novel Apart

How to Keep the Lovers in Your YA Novel Apart | writing | Scoop.it
I'm not going to try to deny it. I love a great love story. Romeo and Juliet, Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, Katniss and Peeta. The problem as a YA writer, though, is that there are only so many ...
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Here are some of the classic romantic obstacles and examples of how they’ve been handled by YA writing pros.

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How to Kill the Villian in Your YA Fantasy Series (with Style)

How to Kill the Villian in Your YA Fantasy Series (with Style) | writing | Scoop.it
The time has come, now that I'm wrapping up my YA/Middle Grade fantasy series, The Conjurors, to say goodbye to my favorite character - the villain. I hope it's not a spoiler to say that he's going...
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Here are some tips I’ve gleaned from all-star YA fantasy authors who have axed their villains with flair.

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How to End Your Self-Published Book Series

How to End Your Self-Published Book Series | writing | Scoop.it
As I begin plotting the final book in The Conjurors Series, I noticed that it is by far the hardest book to write. It feels as though the stakes for my protagonist have never been higher, and it ca...
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How to end your book series.

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Write a Prologue that Hooks Readers

Write a Prologue that Hooks Readers | writing | Scoop.it
Among those of us who proudly call ourselves writing geeks, the topic of prologues can be like discussing the morality of the death penalty in other circles. I know authors who hate them, as well a...
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When used appropriately, prologues can be a powerful tool to hook readers and add an extra layer of tension or depth to the first reading of a story. Below are some of my favorite prologues in YA fiction and the lessons I took away from them. Each of these authors used their prologues to achieve different ends, but they all created an opening that hooks the reader and enhances the story that follows.

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How to Create a Great Setting for Your Fantasy Novel

Creating a believable, compelling setting is a key ingredient in helping readers to immerse themselves in your novel, regardless of the genre. But I believe that in fantasy novels, setting is even ...
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Tips from popular fantasy series that have nailed the task of creating a unique, fascinating setting.

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How to Promote Your Book on Goodreads

How to Promote Your Book on Goodreads | writing | Scoop.it
As a self-published author and avid reader, one site that I can't live without is Goodreads. It's a social media site where readers can review books that they've read and find new books to check ou...
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Tips I’ve found most helpful in maximizing Goodreads to promote my series.

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The Ticking Clock

The Ticking Clock | writing | Scoop.it
In expert hands, the device of a ticking clock can add urgency and keep readers turning pages. A personal favorite - will Harry Potter destroy all of the horcruxes before Voldemort attacks Hogwarts...
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In expert hands, the device of a ticking clock can add urgency and keep readers turning pages.

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How to Release (or Re-Release) Your First Self-Published Novel

How to Release (or Re-Release) Your First Self-Published Novel | writing | Scoop.it
When I originally published the first novel in The Conjurors Series in 2011, I had no concept of self publishing. It never occurred to me to promote my book. I simply used Amazon as an easy way for...
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Some tips I would recommend any writer take before releasing a first novel or re-releasing an existing story.

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How to Write a Great YA Fantasy or Sci-Fi Book Blurb

How to Write a Great YA Fantasy or Sci-Fi Book Blurb | writing | Scoop.it
It's ironic, after writing thousands of words to create your novel, that a 100-200 word blurb pitching your baby to potential readers could completely stump you. But that's exactly how I felt after...
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Tips that I’ve gleaned from awesome YA fantasy and sci-fi book blurbs.

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