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Around the Web #6

Written by Erin Eymard

Well, my “AWESOME/GREAT/SHARE” folder is HUGE because I haven’t done a highlight post in a while.  So let me break down some of the awesomesauce (yes, I did make up that word) that is floating around the internet!

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I’m not sure that I know where to start with how great this article is!  As a reviewer, this article from Amazon’s Omnivoracious Blog started my girl crush on Susan J. Morris.

I’ve run across more than my fair share of authors who just can’t grasp the concept of body language.  And of course throughout the whole of my educational career I had teachers who would mark up our papers with the phrase “Show, don’t tell” but never really explain it.  Susan J. Morris explains it perfectly!

She tackles all the nitty-gritties in a fun, easy to understand way.  I especially love the list of emotions and how to portray them through body language.  Here’s a taste:

Shame
-Slumped shoulders (Don’t look at me.)
-Trouble meeting your gaze, looking down and away
-Burying her face in her hands or bowing her head (I can’t face the world right now.)

Shocked
-Hands covering her mouth, or mouth hanging open, sometimes with a gasp (If I had words, I would be saying them.)
-Freezing and staring with wide eyes and eyebrows raised (Diverting all resources toward staring.)
-Smacking a palm into his forehead (Clearly, my head isn’t working right, or I wouldn’t have seen that)

Shy
-Avoids eye contact, or has only fleeting eye contact (Eye contact means you might speak to me.)
-Keeps a fair distance from everyone, and will back away if someone steps closer (Space invaders!)
-Folded arms, head down, and other defensive body language (If I make myself small, they can’t see me.)

Check out the rest of the list at Omnivoracious and also check out Susan J. Morris’s Blog!


a-game-of-proofPaving the Road with Books

Ever wonder what happens to print books that don’t sell?  Author Tim Vicary shares his experiences with his first book “A Game of Proof“.

Tim talks about writing under his female pen name and finding an advertisement offering a signed copy of one his books which it listed as rare.

It is entirely possible that this is only an urban legend or maybe only something they do in the UK but it definitely is interesting.  And it does open up the question as to what are the options for book pulp.

Perhaps the road to hell isn’t paved with good intentions but instead with the hopes, dreams, blood, sweat, and passion of writers.


Interview with Barbara Kyle

blood-between-queensWho doesn’t love a good historical fiction?  I certainly do!

Especially if it set in England pre-1700’s!

Barbara Kyle is the author of the “Thornleigh” series of historical fiction novels set during the Tudor era.  In this interview by Mary Tod of A Writer of History blog, she covers everything from research to series writing.

Her advice to writers of historical fiction?

“I’d say don’t be a slave to academic facts. Readers want characters who feel alive, and that life comes from you giving breath to the characters through your individual and vivid worldview, your distinct vision. That’s priceless.”

For the full interview visit the A Writer of History blog, which has tons of useful information on researching and writing your historical fiction.  You can also visit Barbara Kyle’s website .

 


I hope you enjoyed this entry of Around the Web!

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Around the Web #5

Writer’s Links at No Wasted Ink

Helpful Author Site:

Wendy Van Camp over at No Wasted Ink always has interesting articles and this one  from the end of last month is particularly a gem.

I highly recommend all writers to check out the link for Making them Turn the Page for great advice about tension building as well as the opportunity for a critique of your first page.

And for laughs check out the lousy book covers.  I think my particular favorite was the cover for Wild Nevada Ride.

 

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 Love Springs Eternal

Recently I did a guest post on Omar M. Kiam’s blog of inspiration quotes and their meanings in which I tackle Alexander Pope’s:

Hope springs eternal in the human breast“.

The poet in my has always loved this sentiment.  The historian in me compared it to other great sayings about “hope”.  The cynic in me tried to rationalize it.  In this post, I combine all three in what I found to be an enjoyable little exercise.

I only hope that you enjoy even a fraction as much as I did writing it.  To view the post, click here.

Before You Hire an Editor!

Before You Hire An Editor by Kathleen Dale:

I read a lot of book reviews and more often than not, I come across a reviewer lamenting the lack of professional editing in an indie publication.  Heck, it is usually one of my main complaints.

In my opinion, this is where indie books suffer against professionally (Big 5) published books.  And often this suffering is needless.  

Sure, traditional publishers have tons of money to throw at editing a book.  But that doesn’t mean that indie authors can’t have well edited and formatted books.

Kathleen Dale, a fiction editor, provided a great infograph on whether or not you need a freelance editor.  She also provided great advice on how to get a great edit (whether you do it personally or you get someone else to do it) for your book/novel/novella.  Click on the graph to check out her page!

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Around the Web #4 – Plights of the Indie Author

Sometimes being an independent author is a lonely road.  Even with great communities out there (like the ones on Twitter and G+), authors can struggle with that feeling of hopelessness that sometimes strikes us after a rejection letter or when faced with the daunting task of editing or the baby screamed and demanded your attention refusing to let you write (just saying) or the many other obstacles that prevent authors from being successful. 

But in truth the indie author isn’t alone.  Here are three wonderful articles! One designed to help you sell your book.  One to share in your lament of a rejection letter.  One ring to rule them all….oh wait…..sorry.  And one about getting over The PAGE.

The Creative Penn

The Creative Penn

WHY WON’T MY BOOK SELL?

How many indie authors out there have wanted to just pull their hair out because their book (which of course is awesome, if you just ask them) isn’t flying off the digital shelf (are there digital shelves? do shelves only exist in reality? is it a spoon thing?)?

Joanna Penn over at the Creative Penn offers a handy checklist to help you out.  And let’s face it…we can all use a little help XD.

What I love about this list is it is pretty much like calling tech support for your computer except you don’t feel 100% stupid afterward (Is it plugged into the wall?  Is it plugged into the computer?  Is the power on? Are you a complete moron?).  Of course that is probably because you can read this in your jammies and never really admit to how many of these things you do wrong.

One of her most sage pieces of advice has to deal with writing more books.

More books = a bigger shelf space = more sales.

I guess this means that digital shelves really do exist.

The Creative Penn explains:

The more books you have available, the more virtual shelf space you have,
the easier it is for people to discover you.
Plus if a reader finds one they like, they may buy them all so you make more per customer.”

Needless to say, you should check out here article by clicking here.

The Woe of Rejection:failed

Oh the horrors of rejection letters!  Buzz Malone on his blog gives the readers a funny and hopeful post about rejection letters. Did you know that Gone with the Wind was rejected thirty-eight (38) times before it was finally published? 

38 FREAKING TIMES a publisher said “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!”

I wonder if someone lost their job after it became a bestseller?  Buzz Malone‘s blog post reminds us that even the Greats had to start out somewhere.  Give it a read!

Quote by Neil Gaiman

The PAGE:

Those of you who are regular visitors to the page will recognize the name Leigh Evans.  Leigh is fantasy writer who’s first book Trouble with Fate was released in December of 2012.  

She has also appeared in issue #1 and issue #2 of Around the Web on this site.  Though she is definitely not an indie author, her post rings true to all authors.  She’s been dipping her toes deeper and deeper into the blogosphere and her post on The PAGE truly hits home with anyone who has tried to write anything of length or note.

Hope you enjoyed this issue of Around the Web! Don’t forget about our giveaway of a copy of Stephen King On Writing!  As always, follow us on twitter  and now on GooglePlus!

 

 

Around the Web #3 – Book Review Edition

So for this issue of Around the Web, I’ve decided to focus on book reviews by other reviewers.  I can’t review every book that is written, but I can give you as many quality reviews as possible.

Crimson & Cream:

Check out The Fantasy Book Review’s review of C.M. Skiera’s Crimson & Cream.

What I especially like about this review is that Alison Mirabella of FBR addresses the common fear of readers wishing to purchase self-published books.  Self-published books have a reputation (some of it justified but much of it not) of being poorly edited and designed.  Crimson & Cream is neither.  In fact Alison goes on to say:

“….this book is an amazing example of the quality that should be expected from any self-published novel: the cover was professional, there were no discernable errors, and the writing was on par with many published authors. So, for anybody looking to self-publish, this book should serve as a model of how to do it right.”

For the full review, please visit The Fantasy Book Review!  Also, please visit C.M. Skiera’s blog by clicking here!

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation

Foundation:

There is no doubting that Isaac Asimov was one of the pillars of early science fiction.  He is also an author that I more often than not enjoyed immensely.  So I was pretty stoked to come across this recent review of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation.  And by recent I mean like January 23, 2013.  I always think it good to occasionally take a break and go back enjoying the basics of science fiction/fantasy.

Remember a time when the most common themes and plot devices were still shiny and new to you?!  Seems like forever, huh?  To me that’s what authors such as Asimov, Wells, and Huxley represent.

So check out what Wendy Van Camp had to say about this early science fiction masterpiece!

Read the END First

Anthology:

So I came across a review on the Exquisite Corpse of Read the END First. The first thought that came to mind was “Yuck….an anthology about the end of the world.”  My second thought was “Yuck….horror.”

In my opinion there are only two authors worth reading when it comes to either horror or apocalypse:  Stephen King and Robert McCammon.  King’s The Stand and McCammon’s Swan Song are my two all time favorite apocalypse stories.  McCammon’s Usher’s Passing is one of my favorite dark, dirty reads of all time.

But reading Tracie McBride’s review actually made me want to pick up this anthology.  What an ingenious idea!  Twenty-four (24) apocalyptic stories, each one set in a different time zone!  Tracie’s review gives the readers enough information to pique our interest while holding back everything that will scare the pants off of us.  I can’t wait to read this!  You should check out Tracie McBride’s Exquisite Corpse blog for more goodies!

Hope you enjoyed this issue of Around the Web!  Check out ATW#1 and ATW#2 for more goodies!  As always, follow us on twitter!

 

Around the Web #2

Leigh Evans

Leigh Evans

Interview:

Check out The Cuddlebuggery Book Blog’s  Interview: Leigh Evans.  Her best advice comes in her answer about how important research is.

Leigh illustrates the fundamental idea of “write what you love” (as opposed to the inane advice of “write what you know”).

Leigh is an urban fantasy writer whose debut novel Trouble with Fate just went live in December 2012 and she has a deal to write four more books in the Mystwalker series.  She lives in Southern Ontario with her husband.   Bookworm readers may recognize her from Around the Web #1 where we highlighted her fateful encounter with Patrick Rothfuss.

Elmore Lenord’s Tips

Writing Tips:

Want to know how the greats do it?  (WRITE THAT IS!  GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE GUTTER!)  OpenCulture.com has a great article that includes advice from some of the most prolific writers of our time.

Some of my favorite are #10 Elmore Leonard – “Leave out the parts that people skip”, #6 George Orwell – “Break any of these rules sooner than saying anything outright barbarous”, #1 Neil Gaiman “Write”, and of course #13 Henry Safire – “Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors”.

Robert Evert

Blog Highlight:

So this week I decided to highlight Robert Evert.  Who is Robert Evert, you may ask?  I came across Robert by chance.  He posted asking for opinions on the cover of his upcoming book in a G+ community that I was a part of.

After giving my opinion, I got to talking with him.  What I found was an intelligent, humble new author with a lot of promise.  I was already planning on picking up his book when released in February due to the awesome cover and blurb.  But interacting with him actually made me wish it were coming out sooner than February.  

The Riddle in Stone is a fantasy tale about a middle aged librarian who always wanted to be a hero and soon learns that being a hero is a lot harder than just reading about it in his books.  Robert blogs over at robertevert.blogspot.com and he also agreed to do an author interview later this month.

Hope you enjoyed this issue of Around the Web!  As always, follow us on twitter!

 

 

Around the Web #1

Naomi Musch

Naomi Musch

Interview:

Check out The Reader’s Realm Interview: Naomi Musch.  Her list of books on the craft of writing (the last question) is full of gold nuggets for authors.

Her advice to authors just starting out is also a jewel:  “Writers must first be readers. Now let’s narrow that down. There are hundreds of great lessons to learn from reading, but one of the more difficult is to learn how to craft story beginnings that are able to hook readers interest without resorting melodrama.”

Naomi Musch is a historical romance writer published by Desert Breeze Publishing.  She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and enjoys being close to her five children and three grandchildren.

Patrick Rothfuss and Leigh Evans

TOR Article:

Here’s a wonderful jewel of an article written by Leigh Evans for TOR.  In the article she illustrates the advice from Naomi that I highlighted about authors must first be readers.  It was Patrick Rothfuss’s Name of the Wind that inspired her to write a letter to Rothfuss detailing how much she liked the book.

And just to show you that not all published authors are necessarily jerks, Rothfuss actually wrote her back and encouraged her to try her hand at a career in writing. Leigh’s first book Trouble with Fate was released in paperback in December 2012.

*Patrick Rothfuss also is the founder of Worldbuilders, which is definitely worth you checking out.

Online Writer’s Conference

Online Writer’s Conference:


IndieReCon is free online writer’s conference that will take place February 19-21 2013.  How does it work?  Every hour on the hour for 8 hours a day, they will highlight a different topic concerning independent publishing. 

Topics range from the very basics to marketing to industry interviews.  Here’s the link to the schedule of topics.  Anyone interested in independent publishing should sign up today!