How’s the Writing Going? The Question all Authors/writers dread by T.J. Deschamps How’s the writing going? An easy question to ask but a difficult question to answer. I always wonder how to answer this question. Sometimes people ask when I’m in the middle of editing or promotion and haven’t written in days or weeks. Do[…]
This is howI ended up with almost two-hundred preorders and twenty reviews before I even released my book.
When I first started writing, I thought I’d go the traditionally published route. I’d query an agent, sign a contract, and the agent in turn would sell my manuscript. My job was over the moment the art was finished. Sure there’d be rounds of edits, and I’d get to see what cover the art department[…]
If you write in a particular genre, that genre usually has conventions. The conventions can range from a small local one of a couple thousand people to tens of thousands (San Diego Comic Con). Newer authors might not be able to afford a table at a con, but there are ways you can market your[…]
Episode Four of Galaxy on Fire is up in this Kindle Vella series. In this episode, Ishankhalit is no longer a young child but a teenaged cadet in training to be an officer. We get a view of Ishankhalit’s frame of mind regarding the empire and her role in it, learn a little more about[…]
When readers go to the bookstore, whether virtually or walking the aisles of a brick and mortar, rarely do they have no idea what they want.
Today I wrote “The End” to Warrior Tithe. Or rather, I wrote “To Be Continued.” I’m writing the Faerie Tales series in serial fashion. My plan is to publish each novella every three months, starting in March. Told as a story within a story frame, Warrior Tithe is both a pseudo sequel to Tam Lin:[…]
These are my goals. What are your plans for 2021?
Traditionally, a werewolf in a story earned a book a spot on the shelf of the horror section of a bookstore. However, today there are many genres that include supernatural, potentially monstrous creatures that are not inherently cursed or evil. Categorizing a werewolf story is depends on the plot, not the supernatural creature. For example,[…]
Currently I have three documents open: Eastside Faerie, Warrior Tithe, and a new short story called Galactic Emporium of Delight. I’m working my way through, writing a chapter at a time on each. I have no prescheduled time dedicated to any of them. I do, however, have a time I sit down to write every[…]
After dickering around writing and doing nothing with it for years, about five years ago, I decided to take writing seriously. I started attending classes and workshops to improve. I had the audacity to assume that I could put out better work than what was out there. I thought I could be like Toni Morrison[…]
When I was new to writing, I’d read that an author should make the first line the best. It’s your hook, so make it memorable. Another book said an author should sum up the entirety of their book in the first line. I thought that the second was absurd and you couldn’t possibly do both….then[…]