Welcome everyone! A while ago I asked what topics you’d like covered, and Toni mentioned she’d love a post on plotting. As a pantser, I don’t believe I’m the best person to offer advice, so I’ve asked Ebony McKenna, author of Edit Your Romance Novel, to give us a rundown on her process of plotting. I hope you guys find this post as interesting and helpful as I did ☺
May has arrived and so has the winter chill. We have said goodbye to summer dresses, long days filled with sunshine and the background reverberation of cicadas at night. Winter is almost here, but that’s okay, because our Member’s New Releases will keep us warm.
Author Branding: Why You Need it Before You Sell presented by Nikki Logan. Online, May 6 – June 2
Member New Releases | May 2019
What a delight this month to gather around the table with three new authors, each with their first published novel. Publishing my first book was a dream come true, as it is for so many of us. All the hopes, fears, joy, dread, delight, and everything else that comes with it, all wrapped up in a cover with my name on.
In Year 2, my class was given a homework assignment: a self portrait. I, like every other seven-year-old except for one, drew a picture of my face. But one girl took a different approach. She sculpted her likeness out of Playdough.
Natasha Lester’s historical fiction novels are a juxtaposition of glamour and grit, with her April release – the French Photographer – jumping from the Manhattan modelling scene to the trenches of France.
Episode 3 Australia’s Great Southern Land Rural romance is always popular, and I wonder what makes it so? Is it the history of rural settings? The rugged outdoors, the smalltown cosy factor, the sense of life being lived at a slower, more meaningful pace? The appeal of RuRo no doubt varies from reader to reader, but it is indisputable that setting and context must play a leading role in that appeal.
Or should that read sales cycleS? Because traditional and indie sales cycles are very, very different.
This month I’d like to give a little insight into that wonderful selling tool—the author bio. Just one of the few things authors dread writing, not quite up there with the synopsis, but close.