Sunday, March 19, 2017

Writing real life

Since last Christmas, I've been sharing episodic fiction on my author blog. I call it a "blog serial:" each episode is about 300-700 words, and the stories follow a set of characters in a small town much like yours.

Well, really, much like mine. I started writing these episodes a while back, just for fun. I wanted to play with a form much shorter than a novel, and to experiment with stories that don't need to carry a lot of weighty ideas. Each episode is a "slice of life," you might say.

As in real life, these episodes sometimes contain tension and conflict. Sometimes, they reflect peaceful hours of reflection. And every once in a while, they bring in current events. Soon these characters will delve into the fraught world of politics. We shall see if they can remain friends, or if the world's political divisions find their way into their cozy living rooms.

And, as in real life, I'm never sure who is going to show up in a given episode. Some characters will come and go, some will stay. Part of the fun of this kind of writing is that it unfolds in front of me just a little while before it unfolds in front of readers. I'm pretty sure one character will die, one will get married, and one will move away. I'm just not sure which will be which.

What kinds of writing are the most fun for you? I'd love to read your comments.

Elizabeth Fountain is the author of An Alien's Guide to World Domination and You, Jane. Her blog serial, if that's the correct term, is available on her author web site here.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Ask Howard and Doll...

“Sometimes I think it would be easier to hurl epithets, cast aspersions, and simply engage in plain old name-calling,” Howard said, shutting his laptop down.

“Then you’d be just like everyone else,” Doll replied as she poured his first glass of cognac for the evening.

“I prefer logical, reasonable discourse, but some days I fear the art of civilized disagreement has gone the way of the dodo.” Howard reached for his glass. “Cheers.”

“Can we get back to the interview?” I asked the two of them.

People had been asking how I came to write the series of books featuring The Blenders, a group of senior citizens who live in a trailer park on the east coast of Florida and I was trying to get two of the main characters to help me explain. Unfortunately, like many old people, they had their own agenda.

The original book The Prince of Keegan Bay was triggered by my own experience when I saw a woman at the far end of the mobile home park where I lived carrying a baby into her house. As anyone under 55 was not allowed in this senior community, naturally I was curious. Before I said anything to anyone, I wanted to know her story, so I went down to the pool the following morning and as I exercised in the water, listened to the talk around the tables where the non-swimming smokers convened every day.

Her story turned out to be a tragic one that to this day is heartbreaking to think about. Instead of relating that tale, I turned my observation into a “what-if” and made the clandestine infant a refugee from a terrorist organization? Hmm. His American mother married a middle-eastern prince. Prince died, leaving young mother with heir to the throne. And so the story grew.

Who better to preserve the secrecy of the baby’s presence in the park than an intrepid set of senior citizens who use all their life’s skills to protect him? Michael was a logistics specialist in the Marine Corps, John and Pete are carpenters, the women are nearly all capable mothers and grandmothers. Howard is the oldest at ninety-one, fashioned after two WWII veterans living in the park. And all the members of the newly formed group called The Blenders need something to occupy their time.

Back to Howard. I had been searching for an ending to their most recent adventure when I decided on doing an interview with them to see how they would handle the situation without me present. In the middle of our conversation Howard decided to go on line. He often checks on social media to take the pulse of the country. What he saw displeased him.

“I can’t have you hurling epithets to rescue Al and Larry. We need a plan,” I said.

“Bomb the place,” he grumbled as he sniffed the cognac before taking his first sip.

I pinched my lips and scowled at him. “You’re no help. What if they bomb the wrong place? They could kill them.”
“You’re the writer, make sure they don’t.”

“I can pay the bribe or ransom and they can go home,” Doll offered.

“That’s boring,” I said.

“Then go with Howard’s idea. Bomb the place.”

Ah, the joy of writing.

How do you resolve your writing dilemmas? Conversations with your characters? Playing computer games while awaiting a flash of brilliance? Planting the question in your head before going to sleep in the hopes that the solution will come in a dream?

Veronica Helen Hart lives and works in a private home now, having left The Blenders community shortly after the first book was published. Not that she didn't love them, but being around them distracted from her writing.





Wednesday, March 8, 2017

To Market, To Market...

 When you start to write a book, there’s this notion that you are one with your muse, the words pouring out effortlessly in a flood of awesomeness that will astound the reading public, the critics, and the NY Times Best Seller List.

Which sounds great. Unfortunately, for most of us writing is a lot more complicated than that. And even were it true (I have yet to meet any writers who’ve had this experience) there is still a significant facet of the writer’s life that few authors consider when they start on their writing odyssey.

Marketing.

Ok, yeah, you’ve written a book. And, as books go, it ain’t bad. It’s getting decent reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, maybe it’s placed in a couple of contests, and sales are… well, let’s just say sales could be better. Because unless your name is King or Rowling or Patterson (or perhaps Steel), sales could always be better. And suddenly you realize you need to spend a whole bunch of the time you were going to devote to writing your equally amazing sequel doing marketing and promotion instead.

Some authors take the easy way out of this dilemma and hire a publicist. Which I suppose is dandy if you can afford it. But even so, a publicist can only do so much, as M&P requires an awful lot of boots-on-the-ground work by the author him/herself.

I guess in a way I’m one of the lucky one. My publisher, before they actually offered me a contract, asked for a promotional plan. And lo and behold, I was able to fire this off to them without a lot of fuss, because I’d already put some thought into how I’d go about promoting my debut novel if it ever came to publication. See, something came of all that research along the way. Granted, most of what I thought I knew was wrong, but at least I had given it a bit of consideration.

First off, there’s the actual promotional material needed in an author’s arsenal. Business cards, bookmarks, postcards (for event announcements) and banners are pretty much a must. In my quest to get the word out about Traitor Knight, I’ve also added in logo tote bags, mugs, mouse pads, and t-shirts. Let me tell you, this stuff isn’t cheap. And because I don’t own the rights to the book’s artwork, I can’t sell any of it—I can only give it away. I know I’ll never recoup my expenses in this area, but I just chalk it up to marketing costs, and write it off on my taxes.

Then there’s the dreaded (or thrilling, depending on your viewpoint) bookstore/library reading and discussion. I’ve spent a lot of time contacting libraries and doing presentations at them. Some libraries seem to be a bit chary of these, primarily because they don’t often bring in much of an audience. I mean, how many times can your friends and relations and co-workers come to cheer you on as you read from your book? For a new author starting out, it can be a bit problematic as to whether anyone at all will actually show up for your big night. That’s ok. Be gracious to the librarians who organized the event, and make sure they get a copy or two of your book on the shelves. Even if you have to donate it (library budgets being what they are, many smaller libraries are hard pressed to buy it. I’ve donated quite a few in my travels around upstate NY, just to hopefully garner some additional readers who may stumble across it.

Another avenue is local media outlets. Again, for a newly minted author, unless you’ve got something extraordinary, you may have a hard time cracking this nut. Patience and persistence are key, but don’t be pushy or annoying. You’re courting editors like you’d court a romantic interest, and the same rule applies: no means no. I’ve been lucky--I’ve managed to snag  interviews in both the print media and on TV to talk about my book and the writing process. It’s all a matter of getting out there and selling yourself, because in this case it’s really more about you as an author than it is about your book.

Next up: conventions focused on your genre, and other related events. See what’s around that you can plug into. Volunteer, offer to serve on panel discussions, or to do a presentation on some aspect of expertise that your book has conferred on you. I’ve served as a panelist at our local SFF convention’s writers’ workshops. I’ve been a dealer at various author fairs, SFF conventions, and a Renaissance festival. And I’ve put together countless prize packages for charity events, auctioning off copies of my book and swag, in an effort to get my name out there just a bit more. All this takes time. Lots of time. It takes time to discover events, contact the organizers, make arrangements to attend, and spend the evening or day or weekend necessary to actually participate. But I figure it’s worth it, to be accessible to a relative captive audience. Remember, people who attend conventions are there because they’re interested in the kind of stuff you’re writing. This is your tribe. Smooze, smile, and talke to everyone. And have chocolate on hand. (Note: just purchased 410 pieces of Hershey’s chocolates for the SFF convention I’m attending this weekend. Tax write-off!)

Finally, last but certainly not least, there’s social media. You may not be “social”, but you need to be out there. I maintain a website, two Facebook pages, and a very active Twitter presence—not so much to say “Hey, buy my book,” which just gets annoying and turns people off. Instead, I just try to interact, toss out a few humorous comments, participate in various writing games that show off my work, and every once in a while say “Hey, I’ve written a book you might want to check out.” This can, if I let it, eat up all available time and then some.

I tell people that marketing is my fourth job, after family/home, day-job, and writing. Unfortunately, the only one of these four jobs that brings in any money is the day-job. Yeah, I make a little off my royalties. It doesn’t come anywhere near covering the costs of the promotional materials I buy to give away, or the cost of the events I attend. This coming weekend I’ll attend a SFF convention about two hours away. This means food, travel and lodging for the weekend, in addition to the expense of renting table space, and the added expense of the convention membership for myself and my lovely assistant. It’ll run $400 easily, not including any promo materials (like the aforementioned cards and bookmarks and, in my case, toy dragons that I’ll give away. There’s no way in creation that I’ll ever sell enough copies of my book to make that up. And that’s ok. It’s all part of the game.

But for those authors who just write a book, throw it up on Amazon (hopefully it doesn’t look as though they threw up on Amazon), and figure having built that better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to their door, or at least their website, I say Good Luck. If you don’t have some kind of plan to sell your masterpiece to more than your friends and family, you’re going to be rudely disappointed. If you’re not willing to devote the time and resources necessary to promote that masterpiece, you might as well hang it up, friend. Because you’re going to get quickly lost in the noise that is Amazon, where millions of books are there competing with yours.

So I’m off to spend a few minutes on Twitter putting my words out on #1linewed, and shouting out a friend’s book release, and get prepared for the convention this weekend. Because if I don’t toot my own horn, who will?    

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Musings on Reading and Writing Romance Novels...


Why Read and Write Romance Novels?

Why write and devour romance novels? Simple, it always ends happily. Apparently I’m not alone according to a recent survey of more than a thousand readers. The poll was an eye-opener for me. I discovered that 81% of the readers polled choose romance as their favorite genre. Wow! That blew me away. A further 80% bought from Amazon. And nearly 58% had not been in a bricks and mortar store in the last year. Contemporary Romance came in first place of the genres, followed closely by Historical Romance. Facebook and an author’s website were their main way to discover new authors which I found interesting and helpful. If you want to know more about this here’s the link:



I read Romances because I’m a sucker for a happy ending as it makes everything right with my world. And it turns out I’m certainly not alone. All the trial and tribulations along the way for the heroine just add to the suspense of how will the author make it all work out? I’m fascinated by how many twists and turns one novel can contain. I don’t ever want it to be predictable, though I like a sense of the characters being familiar. And even though I know it’s going to work out in the end, still, I want to be caught up in the story so much that I’m uncertain on how it possibly could work out because the magic of storytelling is a definite obsession for writer.

Why do you read or write romances?  I’d love to know!

January Bain 
STORYTELLER
Coming soon: Winning Casey, Book One, Brass Ringer Sorority Series

Part madcap caper, part serious treasure hunting, the Brass Ringers never fail to entertain or get their way!

Passionate and driven, headstrong archaeologist Casey spends her life exploring the world for hidden treasure and ancient artifacts. A free spirit, her dedication to her calling and—let’s be honest—love of a challenge (the impossible is only a starting point, right?) means she’s often in conflict with the more narrow-minded higher-ups at the university where she’s employed as an associate professor. And why that would be astounds her, for she hands some of her booty over to the university’s museum, right? Timetables, rules, university protocols—they all go out of the window when Casey’s hot on the trail.
And this is why she’s not letting Professor Truman Harrison, the new ‘suit’ at the U of M, take over her life. So what if he’s a golden boy like Robert Redford from that old movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and sends her libido skyrocketing? She’s not changing or compromising for any man.

The inscrutable and highly intelligent Truman falls for Casey at first sight, literally, tumbling into a pit at her feet on first meeting. Now, if he as Casey’s new detested department head can just talk her into helping him search for the legendary treasure buried in the Money Pit of Oak Island, N.S., maybe he can also get her to fall into his bed. But first he needs to prove to her he’s not just another tunnel-visioned box-ticking management stooge…

Events conspire to throw the mismatched pair into each other’s company from the word go. From a warning being sent by unknown parties that death awaits them on Oak Island, to Casey’s home being broken into and a priceless manuscript being stolen, fate has them in her sights.

Death threats be damned—working together, the pair discover not one, but two hidden treasures. One they promise to return to its owner, but the other is up for grabs, that is, until a pair of thieves show up and steal it at gunpoint. Casey does not give up that easily, stubbornness being an enshrined family trait after all, and brilliantly saves the day aided by Truman. Okay, so maybe he was the one to actually tackle the bad guys first. Maybe Truman isn’t the stuffed suit Casey originally thought. Turns out he has a wicked sense of humor that aligns with hers, too.

Just as the opposites-attract pair grow closer, Truman’s ex-wife shows up, pregnant and insisting the child is his. He agrees to stand by his ex and Casey backs away, hurt by the betrayal but determined to do the right thing.

But the romance of this scorching-hot couple proves to have all the twists, turns, false starts and trick corners of a multicursal labyrinth. Luckily, both Casey and Truman have no small skill and a little bit of practice in navigating those...






Friday, March 3, 2017

Review of ~ SILENT AUTUMN by Veronica H. Hart


Sharing our alter egos:

FROM THE DESK OF

DONA PENZA TATTLE, ESQ.

AND

ASSOCIATE WRYE BALDERDASH



Greetings,

The eccentric duet take a gander at SILENT AUTUMN, a sci-fi romance by Veronica H. Hart.

“In 2179, Taylor Left Hand Female 8635 and Maximilian Male are fleeing the North like the White Rabbit late for a date.” Tattle hopes like a bunny as if for emphasis. “However, it remains to be realized if they’ll be late or on time to warn the West that the pseudo-elected president of the North and the Chairman of the South plan to destroy the Chairman of the West to obtain sole power over food production.”

“You heard her right, ladies and germs,” Wrye announces in a Vaudeville-like tone. “We’re talking about a futuristic non-united American. North, South and West are separate countries, and like ole Abe predicted, there is nothing standing strong about them.  The North and South are fully corrupt with rigged elections and drugged food to keep the citizenship pliant and obedient and unexpectedly infertile.”

“Yup, babies are created with artificial insemination.” Tattle’s expression turns sour. “Even Taylor had provided two children in her teens, which is mandatory since the population had dwindled horribly.  Now that her contribution is completed, she is a top cosmetic designer, tasked with the responsibility of making women more attractive to men so they’ll…”

Wrye interrupts as he makes a few insinuating gesture along with his infamous eyebrow jiggle. “Oh, yeah, baby, time for the wild thing, the horizontal tango, the foxy trot, the…” Pauses, winks and adds,  “You get my meaning?”

“Geeze, I think everyone this side of the Milky Way gets your meaning.” An elaborate sigh escapes Tattle, before she continues, “Only, in the North and South they aren’t doing the horizontal whatever. They are controlled with microchip implants and drugged-up lives. Taylor, however, at an out-of the way power station overhears and tapes the North’s President and the South’s Chairman making their nefarious plans. Once they leave, she is discovered by secret service. Maximilian saves her from a fellow secret service agent, Randall, who disregards the respect for life law and wants to kill her.  Hence, the escape followed by encountering a woman who commits suicide upon delivering her baby. Just what they need, instant parenthood.”

Holding up an imaginary microphone, Wrye spits out his questions in newscaster style. “However, just why is Maximilian helping Taylor?  What is up with all the unique and unexpected groupings of people in the West? And will they be in time to stop a catastrophe?”

Tattle snares the pretend microphone. “Veronica H. Hart writes a fantastic sci-fi themed story as if it is a contemporary novel. The reader is so integrated into the plotline that you are experiencing it rather than just reading. Especially, once Taylor comes out of her drug induced fog once she stops eating government food. You can’t help but be impressed that this timid soul is actually fierce, courageous and exceptionally maternal.  I, also, like how the book keeps you guessing. You never know who to really trust, especially when they encounter groups of people that seem to be helpful, but…  Then there is Maximilian, who keep things close to the chest one moment and is completely open the next. It creates an emotional roller coaster ride. You know the type that plunges nearly straight down and also turns upside down.” 

“There is a serious underpinning to this story that keeps your heart racing and your thoughts riveted to the storyline.  If you are able to put the book down, you are still thinking about the possibilities that could happen. The writing is snappy and quick, and the twist and turns are unexpected. Yet, here and there a campy light-hearted moment occurs that makes you smile.  Only, don’t get too attached to that smile, soon you’ll be driven by the story’s intensity once more. Can’t wait to see more from Veronica H. Hart.”


Created by: Angelica Hart and Zi


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Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Evolution of Writing


I started writing fiction while I was still up to my eyeballs in a stressful day job. As a matter of fact, I wrote so much non-fiction as a small part of the job I qualified for Professional Writer status through the Canadian Authors Association. After a long day at work, I’d go home and start writing for the pleasure of writing, and not because I had to.

I started thinking the other day about how much my writing process has changed over the years. What got me diverted was the novel I’m currently working on. I’ve started with a beginning and an ending, but the great middle is a dark and unknown continent. I keep having to go back and scatter clues, check spelling of names (characters, highways, etc.) and generally do a massive amount of changing and inserting as I go.

Which brings me to how I used to write a novel.

I’d start with a lined notebook and a pen. I’d fill several notebooks. Then I got an ancient manual typewriter. This was my introduction to white-out. You make a mistake, or decide on a correction on the typewritten page, and voila, bring out the white-out. It came as either a strip you could type on over the change, or a liquid you dripped on the sin, making certain not to put on too much or you ruined your ribbon.

Then I advanced to a second-hand electric typewriter. This was not as difficult for me as for those who might not be able to keep up with the increase in speed. I was, and still am, a two-fingered typist, which suits me just fine. I type at about the same speed as I plot so everything works out.

I won some money on a Grey Cup Ticket (Canadian Football Championship) and went out and purchased a Commodore64 computer, complete with a box of 5” floppy discs. What a great technological leap forward! I still have two novels that never graduated from the 64, but I do have hard copy. Someday I will have to sit down and transcribe them into Word, manually, changing them drastically as I go, being very early works in my writing career.

When I retired from the daily slog, I took up writing fulltime and on a modern laptop too. (Well, it was modern, back then.) Now I can glory in making as many changes as my little black heart desires, check the spelling of my characters’ names, and insert those brilliant chunks of dialogue I create while on my early morning walks.

I still have the handwritten notebooks around here somewhere, and the floppies, although the Commodore64 is hiding in the garage. The typewriters have gone to wherever typewriters go, hopefully not spending their remaining years as boat anchors. I now have three laptops, (one is a little netbook) and can write on the road. Just as well, given the amount of stuff I’ve churned out in recent years. My process has come a long way since those early workbooks. What works best for you?

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The Housetrap Chronicles (Volumes 1 to 7 with #8 due out in March)
Alex in Wanderland,
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Experimenting

Since late December, I've been posting an episode a week of what I'm calling a "blog serial." Each episode is 300-500 words, and follows a group of quirky people in a quirky town much like the one you or I live in.

Yes, I've got several novel-length manuscripts in various stages of creation and revision. But I felt called to experiment with short-form, serialized fiction for a few reasons.

I love crafting episodes - micro-stories, linked together but without the pressure of carrying an overarching story arc. It's a refreshing change from the heroic journeys of novel characters, and a chance to pay attention to each word and image in a new (for me) way.

It's also great fun to introduce and follow different characters as they come to my imagination. I don't have to know where they will be at the end of the story, because this story isn't meant to have an end. At least, not yet.

And, although I am writing a bit ahead of each release, with weekly episodes my characters can struggle with and reflect on events happening in the real world. I know I am doing both - struggling and reflecting, trying to learn and grow and respond with love and compassion. Now, I get to play with characters doing the same thing, trying out different perspectives.

For me, art of any kind, including the art of writing, provides a creative, life-affirming way to encounter the world. This blog serial is certainly giving me that opportunity.

Elizabeth Fountain is the author of An Alien's Guide to World Domination and You, Jane. She blogs at Point No Point, where the characters of "Pine Street" are helping her encounter the world.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Blank Mind; Blank Page

Ever have a day at the keyboard where you mind flitted in so many directions, you wound up with nothing to say? That's how I feel today. With four works in progress and one book to edit, I find I am unable to offer sage advice, witty sarcasm,or uplifting passages. I sit here in a coma thinking that if I don't work on one of the four stories or the edits, I am a failure today.

I thought about my next blog for The Vineyard, as I do every month, for days, but nothing came to mind. I read other authors' blogs and find them entertaining, sometimes educational and humorous, often uplifting, and today, when it is my turn, I can offer nothing.

I am dulled by the political vitriol that is spewed on the social media sites, so I view those sites infrequently - mostly to post an occasional greeting, or pop up with an "atta boy/girl" when a real friend achieves something.

Television is the same way. In the evenings I watch Netflix shows and movies. Even the TCM channel from time to time.

So, take a break today. I am going to see if I can convince spouse that we should take a walk on the beach. The weather is amazing. Have a great day.

Back to the drawing board on Monday and I'll try to do better next month.

Veronica Helen Hart is the author of seven published novels, as well as short stories and articles, (countless unpublished/unfinished ones, too). She is a  Regional Director with the Florida Writers Association and member of several other state and national writing organizations. She also works as editor with two separate local publishing companies. Sometimes her brain needs a rest.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Groundhog of Fate


Happy (belated) Groundhog Day!


Yeah, I’m one of those odd folks who loves to celebrate Groundhog Day. And yes, I do like the movie, but mainly, I just like Groundhog Day.


Why, you may ask? Allow me to explain.


First of all, there’s a sense of history and tradition to Groundhog Day that appeals to me. That it’s a silly history and an even sillier tradition just makes it that much more appealing. But that’s humanity for you.  Because we look to a hibernating rodent, dragged from his well-earned sleep, to tell us what the weather’s going to be. How wonderfully kooky can we get?


Of course, Punxsutawney Phil has as good a track record as most meteorologists, so why not? And he, and his prognosticating kin around the country, give us something we all desperately need.


Hope.


I know this has been my theme du jour of late. I shan’t delve into the details, merely state unequivocally that if we need anything right now, it’s hope. And Groundhog Day provides it, in full measure. We wait in hope that Phil will declare an early spring. Or, for those skiers and snowmobilers in the crowd, hope that there will be six more gloriously snowy weeks of winter. Either way, we hope. 


And often those hopes are dashed, rather like those of a certain recent Super Bowl team whose name shall go unmentioned (I’m from Georgia, don’t forget, even if I do live as a willing transplant to the snowy northlands). But even when our hopes are dashed, just as in so many things in life, we still can reflect on the hope we felt, and the hope we’ll feel again.



So here’s to the Groundhog. Long may he forecast.  And long may we continue to hope.  



Keith W. Willis (and his groundhog, Guilford), reside in update New York, where six more weeks of winter are not only forecast but pretty much a certainty. Keith is the author of the award-winning fantasy/romance Traitor Knight. Keith lives in hope that his second book, Desperate Knight, will be released in summer 2017. Keith not only has a groundhog, more importantly has a wonderful wife, Patty, who proofreads his work despite the fact that she doesn't really care for fantasy. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Five Tips for Writing a Back Cover Blurb


The book blurb is an important piece of the important puzzle of promotions meant to draw in your readers.

Here are five tips for creating one.

  1. Hook the reader:
    Ask yourself: What does my reader need to know right off the bat? Who is your protagonist, and why should we care about their quest?
  2. Tag lines sum up your story in one sentence:
    These should be neither too long nor a tired cliché. Does it add something that the reader won’t get in the rest of the blurb? They need to add value or skip having one. One way to do this is compare two culture references to create interest. For Example, in my novel, The Induction Paradox, I compare the story to, “The Godfather meets the television series Justified.” It helps the reader create an image in their mind.
  3. How much plot do I include?
    Obviously you don’t want to include a spoiler so keeping yourself to the first quarter of the book is a good choice for a spoiler-safe zone. You don’t want to bore your reader with too much but you do want to entice them to read your book.
  4. Use your manuscript:
    An author’s own words are the best tool to sell a book. It can do a superb job of showcasing your writing voice. Reread the first 15 pages and highlight passages of the manuscript that you might use in your book blurb. Also, a well-written, accurate synopsis can help. Your own words will also convey if you have written in third or first person which helps your reader.
  5. Finally, end with conflict and drama:
    Best advice I’ve been given:
    Always leave your reader wanting more. You want them dying to read your book to find out how the story ends. It should almost seem unsolvable. You can end with a question or remind your readers what is keeping your lovers apart. Resist the urge to give them any idea of how things will work out. They must read your book to know.
    Have a great day everyone!
    Best regards,
    January Bain
    It’s all about the Story.