The Hunting Dog by Rita Monette – Part 2

Find Part 1 here! Or find Rita Monette's Nikki Landry Swamp Legends books here! Me and Lydia sat in her tree house and talked about her cat and my dog until I heard Papa driving up the gravel road. I ran to meet him as fast as I could. I took a quick gander into... Continue Reading →

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How I sell books (Part 2) – A guest post by David McLain

Now that I've scared off half the readers talking about what hasn't worked, let's talk about what has. (See Part 1 here.) So far nothing I've said has anything to do with you as a writer. I don't know you, but if you are reading this, you've made it as far as finding my publisher's... Continue Reading →

How many words is too many words?

For me, there’s nothing more cringe-worthy than when a first-time author announces that their manuscript is over 200,000 words, or worse yet, 300,000 words. The worst part is that they usually say with pride, like they’re looking for praise. I’ll admit, writing that many words is quite an accomplishment and for that reason, they should... Continue Reading →

Planning for Pantsers

I’m a pantser. What does that mean? It means that I’d rather ‘write by the seat of my pants’ than plan anything beforehand. However, with my latest book Uncharted, written with my co-writer Murandy Damodred, we did more planning than I’m used to and I think it helped us. Making Notes: Since Murandy and I... Continue Reading →

How to co-write your novel

Murandy Damodred and I wrote our fantasy / romantic comedy novel, Uncharted, together. This is not our first co-written novel. In fact, it’s our fifth, so we’ve got a system worked out. There are lots of ways to divide the work, but here's our method: First we split up the characters: Since we write primarily... Continue Reading →

Eye of the Storm – Part 3

“Nice to meet you, Summer,” Victor echoed my words from earlier, then turned back toward the bar. “Hey, Howe!” He called out, raising his head and his glass in search of the bartender. “Can I get another one of these?” Curiously, ‘Howe’ was nowhere to be seen. I shrugged, about to use this opportunity to escape... Continue Reading →

My Love Affair with Writing

I am often confronted by the question, ‘why do I write?’ and I don’t feel the answer is one that is easily put into words. Yet, despite not having an easy answer to this question, I know for certain that I have to write. I would feel incomplete without it. So why is that? Well... Continue Reading →

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