For Authors

This page is for authors of any level of experience. Click on the links to find what you’re looking for. New articles are added regularly. (There are older posts on the blog concerning the topics below, but I’d rather not link to something that *might* be out of date.)

Writing Tips

Editing Loop

The Importance of Folklore

Getting it Right: Writing to Market

Understanding Character

X-Factor: Beta Readers and Critique Partners 

Awesome Arrow 


Addictive Grey’s Anatomy 

3 Roles to Avoid While Creating Characters

Humour in Writing

Invitations from Fictional Friends 


Blogging Tips

RSS Feeds and the Good They Can Do For Your Blog 

Blogging for Writers: What Blogging Teaches about Writing

Blogging for Writers: Keep Readers Engaged

Proper Guest Post and Interview Etiquette

Blogging for Writers: Setting up a Blog and Why You Should Have One


Social Media Tips

How Wattpad Works

Adding Goodreads to my Author Platform

Why Authors should have a Writing Platform 

The Difference between Building Your Brand and Being Hustled 

Author Platform Challenge 

The Reasons Branding Confuses You and How To Fix That Right Now

Taking Impostor Syndrome to Its Limits

Social Media Success


Publishing Tips

Running Your Author Empire

Understanding Vanity Publishers and Author Services

The Pros and Cons of Traditional and Self-Publishing

Why You Need to Hire a Freelancer to Get Your Novel from Meh to Marvellous 

eBooks — The Future or a Mistake?

The Perfect Query Letter

Vying for Attention

Get Published in 2016

Query Letters and Other Common Publishing Terms


Other resources on the blog:

A collection of helpful posts





Recommended Books for Your Reading List

Links will take you to my Goodreads reviews of the books. (Star rating: 4 stars or more.)

For the writing business:

Reader Magnets: Build Your Author Platform and Sell more Books on Kindle (Book Marketing for Authors 1) by Nick Stephenson

Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts by Ryan Holiday 

The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman 

Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller

How To Market A Book by Joanna Penn 

Author 2.0 Blueprint by Joanna Penn

How to Make a Living with Your Writing: Books, Blogging and More by Joanna Penn

Successful Self-Publishing: How to self-publish and market your book in ebook and print by Joanna Penn 


For the writing craft:

5 Secrets of Story Structure: How to Write a Novel That Stands Out (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 6) by K.M. Weiland 

The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write with Emotional Power, Develop Achingly Real Characters, Move Your Readers, and Create Riveting Moral Stakes by Donald Maass

Your Novel, This Month: The step-by-step plan for writing a novel in 30 days by M.L. Keller 

Nail Your Novel Instant Fix: 100 tips for fascinating characters by Roz Morris

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr., E.B. White

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

The First 50 Pages: Engage Agents, Editors and Readers, and Set Up Your Novel for Success by Jeff Gerke 

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King 


Comp titles for YA (Young Adult) Fantasy, Retellings, Faeries:

When Ash Rains Down (Kingdom Come, #1) by Cecelia Earl

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) by Richelle Mead 

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2) by Rick Riordan 

Ironside (Modern Faerie Tales, #3) by Holly Black 

Valiant (Modern Faerie Tales #2) by Holly Black

Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales, #1) by Holly Black 

Princess Academy (Princess Academy, #1) by Shannon Hale

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black 

Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely, #5) by Melissa Marr 

Radiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely, #4) by Melissa Marr 

Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, #3) by Melissa Marr 

Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely, #2) by Melissa Marr

Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1) by Melissa Marr 

Princess of the Midnight Ball (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy, #1) by Jessica Day George

Princess of Glass (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy, #2) by Jessica Day George 

Abandon (Abandon, #1) by Meg Cabot

Underworld (Abandon, #2) by Meg Cabot 

Awaken (Abandon, #3) by Meg Cabot 

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) by Suzanne Collins


Comp titles for Young Reader, Fantasy, Retellings, Faeries:

The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1) 

The Seeing Stone (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #2) 

Lucinda’s Secret (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #3) 

The Ironwood Tree (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #4) 

The Wrath of Mulgarath (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #5) 
by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Comp titles for MG (Middle Grade) Fantasy, Retellings, Faeries:

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #4) by Patricia C. Wrede

Calling on Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #3) by Patricia C. Wrede

Searching for Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #2) by Patricia C. Wrede

Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #1) by Patricia C. Wrede

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan

The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles, #2) by Rick Riordan

The Serpent’s Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, #3) by Rick Riordan 

A True Princess by Diane Zahler 

Frogspell (Spell #1) by C.J. Busby

Ushig by Annemarie Allan

The Princelings of the East (Princelings of the East, #1) by Jemima Pett 



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