Writing. Editing. Publishing. Marketing.
I’m a freelance editor with a degree in marketing, so I cover the full range of topics on by blog. On this page, I take you through my best content on each topic. First, writing.
Writing, Revision, and Self-editing
How do you write a novel? Here are my top tips:
Plot and Structure
Plot and structure are two of the foundations of a good novel. The others are genre, theme, and characterisation.
There are a range of tools to help authors plot a good story with a structure that doesn’t drag. These include:
- The Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson
- GMC: Goal, Motivation, Conflict by Debra Dixon
- The LOCK Elements from James Scott Bell
- Ten Steps to Story Structure by KM Weiland
- The Six-Stage Structure by Michael Hauge
There is also the micro-structure: the scene.
Writers need to write in a clear genre. Over the last two years, Australasian Christian Writers has posted regular articles discussing different fiction and nonfiction genres. Jeanette O’Hagan summarises the articles in this post.
Mechanics of Writing
Other Writing Questions
- Can I use backstory?
- Getting Setting Right
- Kill Your Darlings
- What is Chekov’s Gun?
- Can My Characters Have Secrets?
- Can I Use Miracles in my Novel?
- How do I find a publisher?
- Paths to Publishing: Trade Publishing (aka traditional publishing)
- Paths to Publishing: Small Press
- Paths to Publishing: Self-Publishing
- Paths to Publishing: Vanity Publishing
- Should I pay to enter a writing contest?
- Should I pay to contribute to an anthology?
- Should I pay an editor or agent to …?
- Understanding Copyright
- How and When can I Use Copyrighted Material?
- Understanding Fair Use and Fair Dealing
- Using Images in Blog Posts
- Seven Works Creators Can’t Copyright
If you choose to self-publish, then you’ll need to include certain information in the front and back of your books: your front and back matter:
You’ll also need a book cover. Here are my design tips: Book Cover Design
Many people—especially Christians—have a negative view of marketing. Good marketing isn’t the spam-spam-spam we see every day. It’s finding and serving others. That’s how we market in a God-centred way.
All authors want book sales. They also want book reviews:
- Because readers use reviews in making their purchase decisions.
- Because advertisers like BookBub look at reviews and ratings before deciding whether to accept an advertisement.
So how do you get book reviews?
- Should Authors Review?
- How To Get (Honest) Book Reviews
- How to Ask Bloggers for Book Reviews
- Common Author Questions About Reviewing
- 6 Tips to Think Like a Book Blogger (a guest post at Ronel the Mythmaker)
- Confessions from Book Bloggers You Need to Hear (a guest post at BadRedHead Media)
- Reviewing, Endorsing, and Influencing: Understanding the Difference
The most important reviewing site is Amazon, because it’s the site that most influences sales. As a result, not all Amazon reviews are genuine, and Amazon’s regular review purges do affect authors and reviewers.