Is that Even Possible? A Writing Experiment: Chaos Is Come Again with John Dolan and Fiona Quinn

First, a Scientific Question Could two writers who had just met on Twitter come together and write a novel? Hmmm. Some considerations: * The writers had never met, never even spoken to each other. Only tweeted. Though the question was posed in an e-mail. * They write in different styles. * One writes in English- English; one writes in American-English. And thus, spelling, vocabulary, and phrasing differences - some of them quite significant - some quite funny. * One writer lives outside of D.C. in the U.S. and the other is an English ex-pat splitting his time between Thailand and Dubai so a time difference of 11 or 9 hours respectively. * They were both very busy. Dolan was running a pow

Using BOOK TRAILERS to promote your book

In addition to book signings and social media, there is another method you can use to promote your book: the book trailer. Not only is it functional, but it’s also really cool to see your novel brought to life as a movie. That being said, it does require a certain amount of work if you’re planning on doing it yourself, as well as a little outlay of money. I’m sure there are free downloads out there, but if you want a quality look with a lot more creative options to choose from, then it could cost you $70-130. If you’re expecting Warner Bros. you’re going to have to cough up more bucks. I knew nothing about making a book trailer before trying to do it myself, and I loved doing it. I used Cybe

Plants and Death

THE FOLLOWING PERTAINS TO SOURCES FOR FICTION WRITING. NO INFORMATION SHARED HERE IS MEANT FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE. IF YOU ARE UNTRAINED IN PLANT IDENTIFICATION, DO NOT CONSUME WILD PLANTS. RELY ON THREE SOURCES OF IDENTIFICATION FOR ANY WILD PLANT. SEEK PROFESSIONAL TRAINING IN WILD EDIBLES TO AVOID HARM. What would a Lethal Lady write about? How about plants and death? As I approach my yard pruning duties (let’s call this HOBBY X), I cringe at the wild cherry tree (i.e., super weed). One GardenWeb poster called the wild cherry “weedy, weak, trashy trees. . . [that] do not make cherries.” The animus rubbed off on me from my husband who uproots them without mercy. I did not become a convert t

Subtle Ways Writers Can Increase Their Social Media Following

Using social media to promote your books is key in today's book marketing world. Here are some underutilized ways to increase your following: Facebook When other authors or acquaintances friend my personal Facebook page, I invite them to like my author page. You'd be surprised at the number of followers you gain. Post frequently to your author page. And make sure that most of your posts are not "buy my book." Link your author page to your Twitter account and use hashtags. Tag people and places in your posts. A quick way is to use the @ and the name. (e.g. @HeatherWeidner). Instagram Use hashtags (lots of them) with your posts. Thanks, Meagan Cain for the tip. My likes and follows increased a

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