A couple years ago, I attended the last annual Longview Literary Festival in Lee’s Summit, MO. It was an incredibly fun experience as always, but different from previous years in that, for the first time ever, I got to pitch a novel series to a literary agency in person!
Love them or hate them, literary agents are a force to be reckoned with in the publishing world. Just about all the big-name authors have one, and any online search you do for book publishers will likely bring up some agency names as well. So, who are these mysterious entities who do so much behind-the-scenes work, yet rarely get recognition for it? And more importantly, why would you want to have one? Both questions I shall attempt to answer here.Continue reading “Agents: What Are They Good For?”
August was another partially successful month. I made progress on a couple of projects, went back to correct some serious issues in a previously published work, and created yet another drawing for a future work. I also did some more research for my nonfiction project.
September, I am hoping, will be a much more fulfilling month. I hope to finish what has been started these last two months, continue my current rough draft, rework an old story or two for possible publication, and perhaps actually keep up with this weblog! More drawing, research, and correcting is to be expected as well.
Additionally, as a way of marking the back-to-school season, I am running another half-price sale on all e-book titles with all retailers now through October 1st. So, between the much-improved manuscripts and ongoing sale prices, there has never been a better time to add to your growing e-library!
At the core of any good story lies conflict. Having likeable, believable characters is good too, but unless there’s something driving them to act, they’re not much more use than a hammer without nails.Continue reading “Kinds of Conflict”
I am pleased to announce the official release of my new novel, Sauragia: Journey to the Red Mountain! For those of you who have pre-ordered already, my sincerest thanks. For those who have not but want to know more, go check it out here.
July was a bit of a whirlwind month. I had plans and goals, some of which I met: many of which I did not. However, I think it has demonstrated what my priorities are, and what I need to focus on henceforth.
This August, I am hoping to oversee the release of my next book tomorrow, make the next illustration for my book, finish the maps I failed to finish last month for another series, continue working on my current rough draft, and do some editing/review work for my final book of 2021 to be released this fall. Time-permitting, I may continue my research project, continue a translation of one of my titles begun a couple weeks back, and perhaps even see the recording of my very first audiobook! So, with all this excitement in store and a whole 31 days to see it through, I reckon I ought to get started right away.
I would also like to remind everyone that this is the last day of my summer reading sale, so if you have not taken advantage of my 50% off all e-books offer, it’s now or never!
If you’ve ever been employed (or if you’re a student soon to be seeking employment), you’re already familiar with what a resume is. Whenever you write one, you want to tailor and tweak it as much as possible to suit the individual employer and profession you’re seeking (see last week’s “How to Write a Resume“). Thus, it should come as no surprise that when you’re even a semi-professional author, you want to have a resume that is suited to showing off your strong points to a potential agent, or even publisher. You may never use this document, but it’s a good thing to have around, as I learned while preparing for my own pitch session with an agent a couple years back.Continue reading “Making a Writer’s Resume”
A resume is meant to showcase your strengths as a hard worker and/or potential leader. Ideally it will spark enough interest to lead to a job interview, and from there to a paid position. In order to secure your best chances, you’ll want to tailor it somewhat to demonstrate your most relevant education/skill sets, but in general, resumes should have the following sections:Continue reading “How to Write a Resume”
Picking up on my previous post about “Writing a Research Paper“, in this post I shall look more specifically at how to write a scientific research paper. As most of the basics are covered in the aforementioned post, I recommend reading that one first, as I am only going to focus here on the various sections of a scientific paper and what each should contain.Continue reading “Writing a Scientific Paper”
Picking up from my final post in May, I shall continue with the theme of nonfiction writing this month, beginning with the humble old research paper.
The arch nemesis of many a student (and numerous professionals as well), research papers are a fact of life that just about everyone has to deal with sooner or later. Therefore, it’s only fitting that I devote a few words to the subject. Hopefully by the end of this, you will find the task of writing these annoying but useful works a tad easier–or at the very least, not as daunting.Continue reading “Writing a Research Paper”