Author name: Maura

AI Is MSG: Good Luck Avoiding It

If you think you can avoid AI, good luck. It is the MSG flavoring our digital world. If it is not already in everything now, it will be—unless we put some laws in place that spell out the parameters and side-effects, which we don’t even know yet, but certainly include heart palpitations and sweating!

WHY WON’T THE BOOKSTORE CARRY MY BOOK?

THE most important question to ask: Is the book’s ISBN number distributable or does the book have a non-distributable ISBN? The number one reason for a bookstore to reject your book is because it has a non-distributable ISBN.

WRITING TIPS

WRITING TIP 002: Annihilate Adjectives. Authors “show” by describing action. Get into the character’s senses — what do they hear, see, touch, smell, taste — by using action verbs instead of adjectives. But how can you make your character three dimensional?

WRITING TIPS

WRITING TIP 001: WRITE BADLY. Because most writing is actually revision, it doesn’t matter exactly what you get on the page to begin with, as long as there is enough content to edit later. But how do you get words on the page when you have writer’s block?

How to Serialize Your Novel

There are many serialization places with many different deals for authors. All will cost you something. You need to either have a finished book ready to serialize, or you will need to commit to a vigorous schedule to meet the demand of readers (up to 60,000 words per week.) There are some problems with serialization that have resulted in loss of its popularity of late. Here are a few:

AN AUTHOR’S HALLOWEEN NIGHTMARE: The Publisher disappears . . .

You worked for years on the manuscript. Polished it with the help of friends and family, Shopped it around to agents and publishers. You agonized over the cover and lost sleep when you found the type-o in the crisp, newly-printed final copy. Enormous effort and time has gone into creating that six by nine inch bundle of compressed paper — like mini plywood dreams you carry them forth into the future in order to connect your writing with others. So what happens when all that work just disappears?

5 REASONS TO ATTEND A BOOK FESTIVAL

Resilience. Authors need it. Book stores need it. Book festivals need it, too. We all need the buoyancy of reboundability! Like most other gatherings, book festivals across the US and abroad were hit hard by the pandemic. but many are returning to vibrancy as we head into the last half of 2022 and 2023.

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