Showing posts from December, 2011

One Ridiculously Easy Way To Improve Your Manuscript

So you want your writing not to suck. There's a ridiculously effective way to improve it. It's easy--once you know how: Put your manuscript on a diet! I have a guest post from writing coach extraordinaire , Rayne Hall, with some tips. SLIM YOUR WRITING STYLE FOR THE NEW YEAR   Does your writing style have bulges and saggy bits? Dr Rayne's Word Loss Diet helps you to trim, slim, tighten and tone your manuscript.  In thirty years as an editor, I've found the same fatty words bloat the style of many authors. Here is a notorius, fattening, calorie-rich word: 'could'.  If you cut it from your diet your writing style will be come sharper and tighter. Beginner writers are prone to overusing it. Experienced authors  may use it a lot in their drafts, but edit it out in the final version. Instead of telling us that the heroine could see, could hear, could smell or could feel something, let her see, hear, smell, taste, feel it. Simpl

Release Day: The Unfinished Song : Root (Book 4)

The Unfinished Song : Root (Book 4) will officially be released on December 28, 2011. For two days only, it will be available for just 99 cents. Of course, you can also still get it free by signing up for my newsletter . I have already filled the 100 slots for free books that I allocated, but I have decided to give out twenty more, so you can still squeeze in! In the holiday spirit, I'm also offering my short story anthology, Conmergence, for free. If you've always wanted to read my short stories, but were afraid it might be a total money-wasting, mind-melting experience, now you can at least protect your money. (As for your mind, you must still read at your own risk.)  You can download Conmergence from Amazon, but if you'd prefer a pdf, that's fine too, just email me and let me know. Happy holidays and good wishes for New Year!