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Bad Beginnings

As some of you might know, I’m a reviewer for a few different blog tour organizers. In exchange for my honest opinion, I receive books for free. It occurred to me the other day that some of these books I’ve reviewed and enjoyed might never have made it on my reading list if it hadn’t been for the blog tour I signed up for. It’s the same with books I read for our local book club–these books are selected by other members, thus obligating me to read something I otherwise would ignore. This is a good thing for me because it’s expanded my horizons  (and my reading list), but it’s also a good thing for the author. If it wasn’t for a feeling of obligation, I wouldn’t read past the first couple of pages on some of these books. I’ve had to force myself to stumble through some pretty rough beginnings in order to get to the good stuff.

Why so many bad beginnings in so many books? If you’re an author, you know beginnings are tough. They are for me. My first drafts always have stupid, boring, or l…

When Destiny Isn't Enough?

I’ve been reading lots of YA Paranormal and Urban Fantasy lately. The current trend in these sub-genres is the celebration of the bad-ass, kick-butt heroine. When the bad-ass heroine was first introduced, everyone was really excited. It was about time women stepped up, took the lead, and learned to fight. It was great to see female characters who saved themselves (and their families, friends, and love-interests) instead of hiding in a tower and waiting for their prince to save them. Am I the only one who thinks this trend is getting old?

I have nothing against a courageous female character. I have no problem with women taking a leading role. I don’t want to see my favorite bad-ass heroines trade in their daggers for a pair of knitting needles. I don’t want to see my heroines forgo a demon-slaying for shopping with the girls. Nor do I want to see them replace courageous missions to save the world with makeovers and pedicures. I don’t want to see ‘girly’ heroines. What I do want to see …

Fear of Formatting

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“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game” ~ Babe Ruth

If you’re a baseball fan, you’ve read this quote. If you’ve ever seen A Cinderella Story staring Hillary Duff you will remember this quote from the movie. It’s a great quote–and we’re going to use a variation of this for today’s post.

Never let the fear of formatting keep you from publishing your book.

Any author who has considered self-publishing has suffered from the fear of having to do a whole bunch of stuff they’re not accustomed to doing–marketing, editing, commissioning a cover, formatting. For some authors, this fear propels them to do crazy things–like sign with a small publisher with an unproven track record. I understand this fear. Some authors let these fears prevent them from ever publishing at all. When fear is in the driver’s seat, you’re going to make bad decisions.

Let’s expel some of our self-publishing fears:

Marketing: This is a normal fear, but unless your name is Stephenie Meyer, James…