Come With Me…

The Rise of Riverstone will debut in November, and this fills me with more squee than a Jane Austen happy ending. This has been a journey four years in the making, and i’m sure any author will tell you that seeing their book come to life is akin to hearing your baby cry for the…

Get Inspired

Stories come from anywhere. Whether you’re writing a memoir, a children’s book about a hedgehog, or maybe you had a cool dream you want to explore, write what inspires you. Maybe you love fantasy novels and have been searching for a certain plot but can’t find it. Write it. Where did the idea for Laria’s story…

Now what?

The idea of Laria persisted until one day I decided these fragments might come together to make a decent story, maybe even a novel. But where to start? There are many options for online tools for writers to plan out their stories, keep track of plot points, characters, and timelines. A few I’ve seen are…

Afterwards

Your first draft is done! Now the real work begins.  Editing. Go through your story on your own several times looking for grammatical errors and plot holes. Make your manuscript as polished as you can, then pass it onto your wonderful beta readers. I definitely recommend this because they are not as emotionally invested in…

Meanwhile

While you’re waiting for beta readers and draft edits, there’s a lot that goes on peripherally. The funnest is the cover design. Research what you like, especially in your genre, and get an idea of the vibe of your book. Make a budget for what you want to spend on a designer. Reedsy offers several…