How to Write a Book You’ll Hate

Most authors worry about how their book will be received by others. What if people hate it? What if they leave a scathing review? Well, writing a book everyone will like is easy! Anyone can do it, right? Wrong!

If you want to write a book everyone will hate (including you), here’s how to do it:

  1. Don’t settle for one genre. Add a mixture of all of them! Try writing a romantic-mystery-thriller with horror elements and a feel-good ending. Or an erotic-Christian-epic fantasy book that appeals to readers of all ages.
  2. Be original. If you write about magic, people will accuse you of copying Harry Potter. Same with erotica. You don’t want anyone to compare your work to 50 Shades. Write something so unique, readers won’t have any idea what it is.
  3. Follow the latest trends. It’s silly and self-indulgent to write what you like. Your book is for the readers – not for you. Jump on the latest bandwagon and write the book you think everyone else will enjoy.
  4. Introduce a lot of characters. The key to hooking the reader is crafting characters with whom they can identify with and root for. But what kind of character will resonate with all readers? Since all readers are different, it’s impossible to craft a single character that will appeal to everyone. That’s okay! Writer several different types of characters (70 should do the trick) and introduce them all in the first chapter. Readers love that.
  5. Steer clear of controversial topics. Some readers are easily offended. Avoid upsetting your readers at all costs. Be sure to avoid sex, violence, politics, religion, guns, sappy romance, and scary monsters. If there’s any doubt at all – eliminate it!
  6. Sex sells. So does violence. Put a sex scene in every chapter to keep that reader turning the pages. Add a couple of shoot-outs and a murder too. The more gore, the better.
  7. Use a lot of big words. The more times the reader stops mid-sentence to consult a dictionary, the better. Also, readers will feel extra smart if they’re reading a book with a lot of big words. They can read excerpts aloud so their friends will think they’re extra smart too.
  8. Don’t edit. You don’t time for that! Readers don’t want to wait for your next book in the series. They’re impatient. They’re busy. So slap that book up on Amazon and write the next book, already.
  9. Strive for perfection. If your book isn’t perfect, everyone will hate it. One error will ruin the whole thing!!! Edit and edit again. And again. If one beta reader hates a tiny element in the book, you should probably rewrite the whole thing. Or start over again. You can never be too careful.
  10. Take advice from all the experts. Writing experts are everywhere. Read the articles. Follow all the rules, even the ones that seem contradictory.

It’s impossible to write a book everyone will like. Some readers only read books with lots of steamy sex, while other readers hate it. Some readers prefer fantasy while others only read political thrillers. You will never ever please everyone, so why try?

Write the book YOU like. Create the best book YOU can write and be proud of your work. Just write!

"Leave me alone. I'm being creative."

“Leave me alone. I’m being creative.”

Why I am Currently More Concerned with Writing

Tricia Drammeh:

Love this article. I’ve been there. I think most authors eventually come to this point. It’s easy to wrapped up in marketing and lose sight of what we’re supposed to be doing – writing. Yes, marketing and promotion is a necessary evil, but if it takes away from writing, we need to re-evaluate our goals. Thanks for sharing your story, Maegan!

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Self-publishing 101 is an intense push on the importance of marketing yourself and social media. I have a Youtube, this blog, my website, a Facebook Page, AND a Twitter. This time last year I was more concerned about how important growing my platforms was and growing my book sales than actually writing. I, like every other author on the planet (whether they admit it or not), want to be noticed. I want my books to be successful and I want everyone to read everything I’ve written. That was all fine and dandy until the progress on completing my second book ground to a screeching halt. It took me almost two years to complete Jeremy and I learned a lot about myself and my writing process during that time. I wanted to share with you a bit more insight into my hiatuses, my social presence, and why I’ve changed my point of…

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Compassion for Oneself #1000Speak

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This is my first post for #1000Speak, though I’ve been meaning to post for a while and have been avidly following the blog movement. What is #1000Speak? Find out on the Official Blog.

The topic this month is Compassion. I’ve decided to address something I’ve been struggling with a lot lately: Compassion for Myself.

What does is mean to have compassion for yourself? For me, it means self care. It means sometimes saying NO to others in order to say YES to me.

This sounds easy, doesn’t it? For some, it’s simple. But for those of you, like me, who have let your empathy run amok, it’s very difficult to put our needs ahead of others.

When it comes to other people, I’m a very forgiving, compassionate person. I will go out of my way to help someone else and my heart breaks at the thought of someone being hurt or disappointed.

When it comes to me? I’m not nearly as forgiving. I hold grudges against myself, constantly dredging up past mistakes and lapses in judgment. When life disappoints me, I see it as a punishment for something I did or didn’t do.

When other people need something from me, I often drop everything in order to help, even if it means I undergo extreme hardship in order to ensure they don’t suffer the slightest inconvenience. My compassion for others often means I end up tired, stressed out, and depressed.

If I could channel a fraction of that love and compassion and redirect it to myself, I would be a much more balanced person. And that’s exactly what I need to do. I recently came to this revelation. If I don’t take care of ME, I have nothing left to give to anyone else. That’s a fact.

Lack of compassion for oneself is a multifaceted issue. For some, it’s a matter of self-esteem. Some people were raised to believe it’s wrong to put their own needs first. For those who have been physically or emotionally abused, they were groomed to believe their own needs don’t matter. Some of us are just so used to being caretakers, we have forgotten about our own needs.

I think we could all benefit from more compassion in our lives. We should all be givers and receivers of compassion. Share love, kindness, and compassion freely – not only with others, but with yourself.

Do You Believe in You?

Do I believe in myself? Do I believe in my writing? These are questions I’ve been contemplating for a while. I’ve made a few investments in my dreams, but most of the risks I’ve taken have been carefully calculated. I’ve weighed every expenditure and for the most part, I’ve hardly spent any money on my books that I’m not fairly certain I can recoup.

Maybe I’ve been working in accounting for so long, I can’t stop viewing my writing career from a strictly businesslike standpoint. Or maybe I just don’t believe in myself enough. To be honest, I think it’s a little of both.

For example, I know authors who spend thousands of dollars on each book before it’s ever published. Some expenditures are unavoidable, such as editors and book covers. But some authors go the extra mile, hiring publicists and personal assistants to handle their marketing and social media needs. They invest in bookmarks, postcards, and a variety of bling. They plan online launch parties and give away $50 gift cards and swag-packs as an incentive for readers to spread the word about their new book. And after publication, they continue to spend on blog tours and advertisements.

Before anyone blasts me in the comment section, I’m not judging the authors who do this. If I could afford it, I might do the same. I wonder if some of these authors can truly afford their expenditures, though. I wonder if they have the extra money, or if they just have something I don’t have – confidence. Maybe some of these authors believe in themselves so much that they are willing to take a risk and give their book an extra boost. Maybe my problem is that I’ve put my books into the “hobby” category. I’m willing to invest the time, but not the money.

How many of you are willing to invest in your dream? Whether you’re an author or not, everyone has a passion. How many of you are willing to make that passion a top priority?

Authors: Do you hire publicists and tour hosts? How do you determine your marketing and promotional budget? In your opinion, how much is too much?

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I’m honored to be nominated for The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Thank you, Joleene Naylor, for the nomination. If you’re not familiar with Joleene, she is a cover artist, talented photographer, blogger, and the author of the Amaranthine Series. You check check out her blog HERE.

Here’s how it works:

  • Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.
  • Answer the 10 questions given to you.
  • Pass the award on to 7 other bloggers of their choice and let them know that they have been nominated.
  • Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog.

1. You’re going on vacation to a deserted island and you get five things (besides toilet paper, food, and the essentials). What do you take? The box set of Harry Potter books, a notebook, pens, camera, and sunglasses.

2. What’s your favorite movie or TV show? Lately, I’ve been hooked on Criminal Minds.

3. What’s something you collect? Lighthouse-themed stuff.

4. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would stand up for myself more often.

5. Cats, dogs, or squirrels? Cats, but I love dogs too.

6. What’s a hobby people might not guess you have? Singing really loud when I’m alone in my car.

7. Do you roll or fold your socks (or just stuff them in the drawer)? Stuff ’em.

8. What is the closest object on your right? My Kindle.

9. If you could be known for only one thing, what would it be? I’d like to be known as someone who has had a positive impact on others.

10. If you were a ghost, who would you haunt? I have a list here somewhere… Do I have to pick just one person?

It’s always hard for me to narrow down a list of nominees. I know some of you participate in awards and others do not. If you have the time or the inclination to participate, that’s great. If not, I totally understand. Here’s my list of nominees:

I highly encourage you to visit my nominees’ excellent blogs!

And, finally, here are ten questions for my nominees to answer on their own blogs:

  1. When did you begin writing?
  2. What writing project are you most proud of?
  3. What are you working on right now?
  4. What is your ideal writing retreat?
  5. What is your favorite dessert?
  6. What is your favorite animal?
  7. Favorite song?
  8. Favorite color?
  9. Favorite beverage?
  10. If you could make any law you wanted, what would it be?

Thank you again, Joleene, for your nomination. And thank you to all my nominees for being totally awesome bloggers!

The Writer’s Pro Shop Series, Why You Need It – A Guest Post by Hubert O’Hearn

Tricia Drammeh:

Here’s a wonderful opportunity for writers to refresh and sharpen their writing skills!

Originally posted on Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing:

Hubert O’Hearn has previously been featured on Reading Recommendations. He is a Canadian-born playwright and journalist who now lives in Ireland. When he announced his newThe Writer’s Pro Shop Seriesrecently I asked if he’d like to write a guest blog post to help promote this service that’s intended for writers at all levels in their careers. So, here’s Hubert!

The Writer’s Pro Shop Series. Why You Need It.

Hubert profileThe Writer’s Pro Shop is a series of weekly writing exercises I am offering for free on the internet. Not only are these important skill development exercises on my own website (bythebookreviews.blogspot.com), I’m also allowing anyone with a personal website or blog to freely use this content just so long as it is properly attributed back to me. Everybody wins!

Why Did I Develop These Exercises?

Through my work as an independent book editor I have discovered that my…

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Calling all authors support your libraries

Tricia Drammeh:

Thank you, Susan Toy and Chris the Story Reading Ape, for reblogging this excellent post and bringing it to our attention. I think this is a great idea!

Originally posted on galesmind:

Library-poster-letter

Let’s start a movement!! If you write, donate your signed books to your local library and volunteer to read them. You get followers and future readers they get you in person.

If you have books donate them to small libraries that have so few and little money to buy more.

Get involved. Children that read get ahead. Ereaders are great but there is nothing like the adventure of going to a library and finding that perfect book. Take your kids get them a card. It is better for their minds and health.

Please reblog and share this post so we get the word out that libraries need our support. We don’t want to see a day when they are no longer there.

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Sweet Sorrow – Tricia Drammeh

Tricia Drammeh:

I’m doing a happy dance right now! Such an awesome review of Sweet Sorrow. Thank you, Jo!

Originally posted on Jo's Random Book Reviews:

Tricia Drammeh is one of my favorite authors because she writes awesome books, and this story was no exception.

Rowan harbors a tragic past; one night changed her life from a cheerful drama girl into a fearful zombie. After months of “dropping out” of the world, the senior play entices her to come back – just in time to notice Eddie, a hot senior football player who has trouble of his own. When she lands the part of Juliet to his Romeo she’s ecstatic, but is he really the bad boy everyone thinks he is, or has he just gotten a rough deal being one of the few poor students in a rich school?

Tricia’s ability to write real characters continues to astound me. Rowan, Eddie, her father, any one of these people could walk right out of the pages and drop into the world next to you and fit…

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Why Do I Blog?

Today, I read a very thought-provoking article on Ronovan Writes. He talks about remembering your reason for blogging instead of getting caught up in blog stats. His post got me thinking about why I blog and what I want to accomplish by blogging.

I’ll admit, there have been times I’ve been caught up in blog stats. How many likes on this post versus that one. Or how many comments and shares. For the most part, I don’t obsess over the numbers, though I do tend to suffer from Blogger’s Guilt when I’ve gone too long between original posts. I worry about how many reblogs I can get away with before I have to write something of my own.

But I shouldn’t think of it that way. I shouldn’t feel like I have to write something. I should want to write. I shouldn’t worry about whether or not my post is well-received. Blogging should be fun. It should enhance my life, not create extra stress.

Why did I start blogging in the first place? I started my first blog because someone told me I had to do it. I belonged to a writer’s meetup group and the leader said we needed to have a blog in case potential agents googled us. I went home and immediately started a blog. Then the blog sat there, daring me to write something dazzling, but I didn’t know what to write about.

As the months went by, I read more and more about blogs and why they are essential for authors. The experts advise authors to blog often, preferably on a schedule. Authors should use their blogs to establish relationships with readers.This is an essential part of branding, they say. There’s tons of advice about blogging for authors. Some say to post excerpts from your book. Others advise against it. Some tell you to talk about your hobbies and your life outside of writing. Others tell you to keep it professional and talk about writing and books exclusively.

So, basically, I started blogging to 1.) attract agents and 2.) target readers.

And how is this working out? Not so great if I look at my original goals. It seems I’m not very good at targeting and branding. I don’t think I really want to target and brand, if truth be told.

Why do I continue to blog? Because I’ve made real and lasting connections with people thanks to blogging. I’ve met so many people in the blogosphere. I wouldn’t trade these friendships for the world.

That’s why I blog. Not for book sales or stats. Not for Twitter followers.

I’m not a brand. I’m a person. I don’t follow brands. I follow people. Real life human beings with thoughts and opinions and stories to tell. If I stop writing books tomorrow, I won’t stop blogging. Blogging is more than a means to an end. Blogging is about learning and connecting and discovering new ideas. It’s about people.

That’s why I blog? How about you?

Do You Love Your Book?

Tricia Drammeh:

I love this article! I often feel guilty about my unfinished projects. As children, we’re often taught to finish what we start. In general, I think that’s good advice, but part of being a ‘good’ writer means knowing when a story isn’t working and giving ourselves permission to put it aside. I’m not saying we should give up every time a story gets tough. But if a project is no longer giving you joy and you dread sitting down in front of the computer, maybe it’s time to put the story on the back burner, at least for a while. Wonderful post!

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My first book took the longest time to write because I spent a lot of time angsting over every tiny little detail of it, and backtracking all the time, although angst or not, I loved every step of the process. These days I write much faster. A couple of times though, I’ve started a story and it’s taken days just to get a paragraph down. I’m a stubborn old mule though so I generally used to try and persevere, and force myself on. Not anymore though. Even though I’m one of the write every day tribe whether you feel like it or not, and I do write every day, I don’t see any point in carrying on with writing something I don’t love just because I started it.

It got me wondering how many writers try to force themselves to write something that they really don’t want to write, thinking…

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