The Journey to a Bestseller: “Chapter One” and Twitter Pitch Events (Series #10)

Hello folks! I know. That title is like, whaaa? Those things don't go together at all! Well, you're right. So let's get to it. I am doing great. I went to a small writer's conference in Topeka, KS this morning and got three free ARCs (Advanced Reader's Copies) of some fantasy books. One was a … Continue reading The Journey to a Bestseller: “Chapter One” and Twitter Pitch Events (Series #10)

The Journey to a Bestseller: Word Count, Character Sheets, and Kindle Reads, oh my. (Series #9)

Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com Hi guys! It's been a busy week. I finished the second draft of my client's manuscript during the day; and worked on my book at night. Just in case you are new to this blog, I am writing a bestseller...or what I am going to do try my best … Continue reading The Journey to a Bestseller: Word Count, Character Sheets, and Kindle Reads, oh my. (Series #9)

The Journey to a Bestseller: “Something came up” and Writing Descriptions (Series #7)

Today I want to share with you the one fact in writing: something else will come up when you are trying to write a book. For you it might be something like an emergency home project that simply needs to be done, or you could have a school paper that you must do. For me, … Continue reading The Journey to a Bestseller: “Something came up” and Writing Descriptions (Series #7)

The Journey to Making a Bestseller: One-third Done (Series #4)

Photo by Rakicevic Nenad on Pexels.com Sorry about the weekend everyone! I was out of town for the week in small town Oklahoma and I had no reception at all. It was awesome. Fishing, and four wheelers, and fireworks, and paddle boats, and zip lines, and swimming, and hard lemonade... aah. Photo by Aleksandar Pasaric … Continue reading The Journey to Making a Bestseller: One-third Done (Series #4)

Agent Questions Volume Twenty-eight: What’s the hardest part of publishing for you? (Twitter Series #8)

Photo by Burak K on Pexels.com This was a hard question. It's completely subjective. The hardest part for me might be your strength. That's why the writing community exists, and it needs to. Authors need to help each other with our own expertise. I wrote my first book with my (30-year) best friend. But when … Continue reading Agent Questions Volume Twenty-eight: What’s the hardest part of publishing for you? (Twitter Series #8)

Part two of this week’s blog: Te Solvo (A novelette by Jenn Haskin)

Te Solvo By Jennifer Haskin “I am special. I am loved. I am worth it.” Milo repeated the words from his self-help podcast, and absently straightened his suit coat. There were a few tiny clouds dotting the sky and the bright sun beat down on his head as he ambled along the sidewalk. People bumped … Continue reading Part two of this week’s blog: Te Solvo (A novelette by Jenn Haskin)

Agent Questions Volume Twenty-Six: Common Mistakes and Automatic Rejections (Twitter Series #6)

What can I do/say that will get me an auto-rejection to my query? What other mistakes can I make in publishing? These are normal questions for authors. The publishing world is such a mystery, it can feel like walking in a field of land mines. No one knows where to step. I believe once you … Continue reading Agent Questions Volume Twenty-Six: Common Mistakes and Automatic Rejections (Twitter Series #6)

Agent Questions Volume Twenty-Five: Do You Take my Genre? (Twitter Series #5)

Photo by JJ Jordan on Pexels.com Many of the questions I received asked things like, “Are you interested in disabled protagonists?” “Will you take YA fantasy without romance?” And “How often do agents/publishers take a chance on an out-of-trend book, hoping that it’ll make a trend?” First of all, agents are always hoping to find … Continue reading Agent Questions Volume Twenty-Five: Do You Take my Genre? (Twitter Series #5)

Agent Questions Volume Twenty-Four: Summaries and Synopses (Twitter series #4)

Twitter question: Is it normal to be able to write a WIP happily for hours but to get major league writer's block when trying to write a summary/synopsis? Absolutely. Many of us struggle with this one. Authors think that they are moving from the creative task of writing a fictional work into a strange uninhabited … Continue reading Agent Questions Volume Twenty-Four: Summaries and Synopses (Twitter series #4)

Agent Questions Volume Twenty-three: Finding the Right Agent/Publishing A to Z (Twitter Series #3)

Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com How do I find the right agent? I was asked this question by several people and I wanted to spend some time on it. I was also asked the process of a manuscript from being written to getting published, so I plan to explain how to find the right agent … Continue reading Agent Questions Volume Twenty-three: Finding the Right Agent/Publishing A to Z (Twitter Series #3)

Agent Questions Volume Twenty-two: Why Query at All/ Commercial vs. Literary (Twitter Series #2)

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com The first question for this post is: Why query at all? I must say, this one stumped me. I even googled it and found no articles explaining why we query. The simple fact is publishers use agents to filter readers like coffee grounds. I’m not saying it is a bad … Continue reading Agent Questions Volume Twenty-two: Why Query at All/ Commercial vs. Literary (Twitter Series #2)

Agent Questions Volume Twenty: How Do I Get Representation? And Five More Questions (Twitter Series #1)

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I recently had a friend ask her Twitter followers what one question you would ask an agent if you could. I was surprised at the answers. I thought they might be akin to the blog posts I had been writing, but they centered around, "Why don't you love me?" and … Continue reading Agent Questions Volume Twenty: How Do I Get Representation? And Five More Questions (Twitter Series #1)

Agent Questions Volume Seventeen: What is a story arc and do I need one?

The story arc, also called the narrative arc, is the journey of a story and its characters from one way of life to something completely different. It is defined as the change that takes place between one cover and the other. Arcs are stories with characters that make life changes that take them from weakness … Continue reading Agent Questions Volume Seventeen: What is a story arc and do I need one?

Summer Reading Contest 2018- Two months to go!

The Books and Questions: (Keep your eyes open, these books are occasionally free, discounted, or up for giveaway!)       In The Key of F, name three powers Fale reawakens. https://www.amazon.com/Key-Freedom-Fight-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B079P7DMQ4/       In Lucifer: Soldiers, Serpents, and Sin, what's the name of the place where the Oralians are born? https://www.amazon.com/Lucifer-Soldiers-Serpents-Lightning-Thunder-ebook/dp/B01BX862UO/     … Continue reading Summer Reading Contest 2018- Two months to go!

Summer Reading Contest 2018

https://www.amazon.com/Key-Freedom-Fight-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B079P7DMQ4/ https://www.amazon.com/Lucifer-Soldiers-Serpents-Lightning-Thunder-ebook/dp/B01BX862UO/ https://www.amazon.com/Daddys-Baby-Landis-Lain-ebook/dp/B01IS68LQC/ Email HASKIN.AUTHOR@GMAIL.COM with the answers to the following questions from the selected books. Each correct answer equals one entry into the drawing. Tell us if you have left an Amazon review, as each review will equal another entry into our drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card, author swag, samples of upcoming … Continue reading Summer Reading Contest 2018

Agent Questions Volume Fourteen: When to Get an Agent

When do you start the process of getting an agent? What should my expectations be?   In my opinion, when the book is fully written, then you begin edits and research for an agent. There are different ways to do this. One, you can look up http://www.manuscriptwishlist.com, http://www.mswishlist.com, http://www.querytracker.net, etc. Search Google. You will be … Continue reading Agent Questions Volume Fourteen: When to Get an Agent

Agent Questions Volume Twelve: 30 Tropes To Be Aware Of When Writing YA

Question: I write YA. How do I know what to steer away from? Answer: The following YA tropes The Brooding loner that no girl can resist OR perfectly handsome Protagonist full of angst Rebellious princesses- or clumsy princesses with weapons skills that beat the evil master.  Inauthentic dialogue- overdoing slang, dumbing-down, including trends, preaching moral … Continue reading Agent Questions Volume Twelve: 30 Tropes To Be Aware Of When Writing YA

Agent Questions Volume Eleven: What is a pitch? How do you pitch? And to whom do you pitch?

This week's author question: What is a pitch? What exactly goes into a pitch, how do you pitch, and how do you decide whom to pitch? As far as a "pitch" goes, let me try to explain. When an author wants to hook an agent, they write a query letter. But when an agent wants … Continue reading Agent Questions Volume Eleven: What is a pitch? How do you pitch? And to whom do you pitch?

Agent Questions Volume Eight: The Number One Thing You Can Do To Get Published

What’s the number one thing I can do to get published? What’s your best piece of advice?   Authors ask these two questions the most. Interestingly enough, they have the same long answer. But in short: Strength. Have you heard the words “strong” manuscript yet? If you’re a writer, you will. Why? That’s what agents … Continue reading Agent Questions Volume Eight: The Number One Thing You Can Do To Get Published

Agent Questions Volume Seven: What Are Comp Titles and How Do I Find Mine?

Comp Titles “Comp” titles, or comparable titles, are often requested or required from agents in their queries. Mostly, I believe, because comp titles are important to publishers. Unless it is required, you do not NEED to have comp titles in your query. Let me be clear here, even if you don’t research and find comp … Continue reading Agent Questions Volume Seven: What Are Comp Titles and How Do I Find Mine?