Author Archive

What the End of Borders Means for Authors

First of all, a clarification: when right-wingers talk about “closing the borders,” this isn’t what they mean. The big news over the past week is that Borders Books is officially going out of business. Book lovers have expressed grief and dismay. One Borders fan called it “a case of internet outsourcing.” He’s not too far […]

Carnival of Storytelling – July 14, 2011

Welcome to the July 14, 2011 edition of Carnival of Storytelling. Thanks to everyone who submitted a link at BlogCarnival.com. And thanks to all the bloggers who posted wonderful articles, which I have hand-picked for the following list. Please browse their blog posts, and share your own favorite posts from across the Internet for next […]

A Sneak Peek at the Ardor Point #2 Outline

I’ve been working on-and-off on this outline for over a year and a half now. I could go down the list of excuses and reasons why it took so long. – And it’s still not “finished” yet, but I can’t stand it anymore, so I’ve started on the “zero-draft.” I’d like to share with you […]

More about Book Covers

Related to last week’s extensive post on book-cover design for indie authors and publishers, Roger C. Parker posted over the weekend a few more tips for better book covers. He also linked to a page of interactive book-cover makeovers at Dunn+Associates Design’s web site. For a kick, check out a few, and think about how […]

How to Design Your Book Cover

As an indie author, you probably need to understand book-cover design. Traditionally published authors have their publishers’ experts to design their covers (whether or not those experts are worthy of the designation). Self-published authors, just printing up a few copies for family and friends, will probably be satisfied with the très kewl cover design tools […]

What Does Seduction Look Like?

Max, a young writer, asks: I am writing a story and need a visual description for a female “seductive” (if you know what I mean) antagonist. Or should I even describe her? I’ve seen that done well. This is actually one of my deeper characters. Hi, Max. The easiest answer I can think to give […]

Carnival of Storytelling – June 30, 2011

Welcome to the June 30, 2011 edition of Carnival of Storytelling. Thanks to everyone who submitted a link at BlogCarnival.com. Please browse their blog posts, and share your own favorite posts from your own writing blog for next week’s carnival. Enjoy!

Monday Morning #CharacterStory Writing Prompts 2011/06/27

A photo: top of this post, which the artist has entitled, “Never a frown, with golden brown.” (Click for a larger view.) A personality type: ISFP. A need: the need for emotional intimacy. A quirk: Always writes in 1337-5p34k (leet-speak). Feel free to comment below with a link to your story if you use any […]

Monday Morning #CharacterStory Writing Prompts 2011/06/20

Happy birthday to me! (Yup. Don’t know whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.) A photo: top of this post, which the artist has entitled, “.” (Click for a larger view.) A personality type: ENFP. A need: the need for attention. A quirk: Loves to dance, and does not have to be on […]

Carnival of Storytelling – June 16, 2011

Welcome to the June 16, 2011 edition of Carnival of Storytelling. Thanks to everyone who submitted a link at BlogCarnival.com. Please browse their blog posts, and share your own favorite posts from your own writing blog for next week’s carnival. Enjoy!