Reviewing – Bad Reviews

April 26, 2018 No Comments

Bad Reviews Reviewing – Bad Reviews – lousy reviews are tough to write! However, you need to write the occasional less than wonderful review in order to establish and maintain credibility. Not every novel is a stellar one. Not every effort is perfect and pristine. This blog post is about reviewing badly-written works. But if a work […]

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Reviewing – Middling Reviews

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Middling Reviews Reviewing – Middling Reviews – fair to middling reviews are harder to write. Because there is definitely a skill involved. But you are probably going to write more of them than any other type of review. Why? Because truly superlative works are uncommon. As always, kindness should be your guide. The work isn’t […]

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Reviewing – Positive Reviews

April 26, 2018 No Comments

Positive Reviews Reviewing – Positive Reviews – these are the lifeblood of any independent author. We live for them! But how can you make them even better? Caveats Don’t provide a positive review in exchange for a positive one you just got. And don’t provide one in the hopes that you’ll get one in return. […]

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Interview with EJ Roberts

April 26, 2018 No Comments

Meet EJ Roberts EJ Roberts is an all-around indie author reviewer! Back in July of 2016 I did something different and handed over the reins to her. She’s from A Drop of Ink Reviews. So take it away, EJ Roberts! Background I am EJ Roberts, the reviewer for A Drop of Ink Reviews. So let’s sit […]

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Writing Needs Editing Part 2

April 26, 2018 No Comments

Editing Part 2 More Editing Editing Part 2! So last time, we looked at some general issues surrounding editing. Although the process may seem daunting, it still must be done. For this post, I will assume you have done the tasks outlined in the first part. If not, then this methodology will still work. But […]

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Writing Needs Editing Part 1

April 26, 2018 No Comments

Editing Part 1 What’s this All About? Editing in a Nutshell If you don’t do any editing, don’t expect people to read your work. Unless you normally write six-word horror stories, you are going to need an editor. Everybody needs this service. However, you should edit your work before handing it over to a professional. […]

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Choosing an editor

April 26, 2018 No Comments

Choosing an editor Choosing an editor can be tricky. Sometimes, you just end up with whoever is cheapest or whoever you know. But if you have a choice in the matter, consider it carefully. It’s a business relationship like any other Do yourself a favor, and write a contract. This is a sample copy editing […]

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Descriptions in Fiction Writing

April 26, 2018 No Comments

Descriptions All about descriptions Descriptions are a must. You need them for any type of writing beyond the barest drabbles. Involve the reader in the piece. And that means pulling descriptive prose out of your head. You must commit it to paper or pixels. Scenes Scene setting is covered elsewhere in this blog. However, that’s closely related […]

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Bechdel test in Writing

April 26, 2018 No Comments

Bechdel test What is the Bechdel test? The Bechdel test is best defined by the Bechdel site: … sometimes called the Mo Movie Measure or Bechdel Rule is a simple test which names the following three criteria: (1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, […]

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Blurbs, queries, teasers, and elevator pitches

April 26, 2018 No Comments

Blurbs, queries, teasers, and elevator pitches Among blurbs, queries, teasers, and elevator pitches – which is which? Blurbs Blurbs are short promotional pieces. They used to just stay on the backs of books, but now they can serve as the copy you read on an Amazon author or book page. They can even be the snippet pulled […]

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