You've probably seen Skillshare pop up from time-to-time across AuthorTube. You may have even watched a few classes. But is the hype really worth it?
Skillshare have enlisted some big names to host classes on their website, an education-based website for those who want to teach their audience and earn an income from doing it. One such name is Jenna Moreci.
But can you really learn to grow your author platform and release a book all within the space of just over an hour?
I studied Jenna's classes so you wouldn't have to potentially take a risk!
PAMELA SPARKMAN, THE AUTHOR OF MANY ROMANCE AND FANTASY NOVELS, JOINS ME FOR AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW ABOUT HER UPCOMING RELEASE REVEREND OF SILENCE, INSPIRATION FOR HER LATEST NOVEL, AND HOW SHE IS INSPIRED BY MUSIC. SHE'S GRACIOUSLY PROVIDED AN EXCERPT FROM REVEREND OF SILENCE FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE.
With December 2019 in the past, I thought it was the perfect time to share my first BuJo design!
In November 2019, I saw so many beautiful BuJos but I never really wanted to make one. They seemed perfect and complicated and my anxiety piqued every time I thought, Hey, why don't you give it a crack?!
After my prior planning system failed and didn't offer much in the way of tracking anything, I decided December would be the month I would try it out. If it didn't work, the world needn't know about it. Except it did work. And it looks horrible!
I had no idea of brush pens or GSM to ink ratio and the only thing I had handy was a Quill Sketch Pad.
Success is something most authors strive for when they get into the business behind book publishing. Whether they wish to be traditionally or self-published, their goals aren’t altogether too different. The same can be said for seasoned authors who already have a measure of success.
But how is success measured?
Brace yourself, this is a big topic…
Since choosing Editor as my career, I have learned many things within the writing, editing and publishing industry. One of the biggest lessons I’ve had to learn is that some writers give advice on subjects they do not know enough about. This causes ongoing problems within the writing community, especially when a trusted voice is wrong.
Not all authors within the community give poor advice, there are many who have been regarded as wise in their knowledge of their industry, but the issue is too frequently seen for me not to attempt to rectify.
Before I get into the topic of this blog post, I want to stress something very important: if you are looking for editing advice, please seek this from an editor not a writer. Most editors are more than happy to discuss their work when they have the time, so please do not hesitate. This stops you from taking poor advice and stops editors from having to fix silly issues.
So, being that narrator of your story sets the tone and voice for the entire manuscript, narration is a crucial topic. Let’s get a few facts straight (plus fun examples!).
I'm ecstatic to bring you the third installment of Story Structure, my mini-series all about keeping your developmental editor happy.
Over the years of working as a freelance editor, I've come to recognise common mistakes authors make. Most of the issues revolve around the structure of the story. Mistakes here quickly blossom into large errors - pacing, plot holes, character inconsistency, characters with a lack of agency, etc. The list is endless.
The aim of this series is to help you spot these mistakes in your work.
The reason many people outline is because it gives them something to follow when writing - a list of actions and reactions, causes and effects. But outlining a novel does not signify the end of major structural issues. You may still make mistakes (writing the inciting incident too early, or a lacking inciting incident are very common mistakes!), but hopefully the developmental editor you choose will work on these with you to create the best version of your story.
I am thrilled to bring you the second installment of Story Structure, my mini-series providing tips that will keep your developmental editor happy!
I was recently asked why this series focuses on developmental editors only. This question has a very simple answer. I have been a freelance developmental editor for two years and during those years I realised that not many authors knew what to expect from a developmental editor. They even questioned whether they needed one. It is true that there are many helpful free resources you can use before hiring a professional but they do not take the place of said professional.
This mini-series will also help guide you towards a tighter manuscript but they are not to be the only source you use. I cannot stress the brilliance of a professional developmental editor enough!
Story Structure is a new mini-series on Tips to Please Your Developmental Editor. The series will run through the basic elements of developmental editing so you know what to be prepared for when hiring a professional.
First I will provide some resources! Today the topic under the microscope is simple: The Anatomy of Story by John Truby.
Freelance Editor, Mentor, Author.