Authors Helping Authors · Editing/Proofreading · quick advice

Beta Reading Cuts Editing Costs

What is a Beta Reader? A beta reader is a person who represents part of your target market and reads your nearly completed manuscript with the expectation that their input will help you develop plot, theme, character, pace, grammar, and spelling. They help flesh out issues you couldn’t have caught during your self-editing rounds because… Continue reading Beta Reading Cuts Editing Costs

AHA · Authors Helping Authors · General

The Fiction of Non-Fiction

A high percentage of books the world reads are fictional. Stories created by the imagination with totally made up plots. Characters don’t even need to be human and the six headed animals or monsters can talk in any language of your choosing. There are no limits but the imagination. And the reader is happy with… Continue reading The Fiction of Non-Fiction

AHA · Authors Helping Authors · Inspiration

“The First Book Is the Hardest” by Lori Stephens

It’s a well-worn phrase, so often heard that it is cliché: “You should write a book.” Have you? Is writing and publishing a book on your “Things to Do Before I Die” list? For some people, the first book–whether fiction or nonfiction–is a ghastly beast, a monster that rages to be born but gets stuck.… Continue reading “The First Book Is the Hardest” by Lori Stephens

AHA · Authors Helping Authors · Writing Tips

“How to Make Your Characters Believable” by Stefan Vucak

People are quirky, unpredictable, emotional, and often cannot be relied upon. Governed by the environment within which they live, knowledge accumulated over years of learning, whether formal or through personal endeavor, and simply interacting with others, an individual is a complex matrix of what means to be human. Above all things, people are self-centered, always… Continue reading “How to Make Your Characters Believable” by Stefan Vucak

AHA · Authors Helping Authors · Inspiration

“A Writer’s Guide to Coping with Clueless Questions, Crass Comments, and Crazy Conjectures” ~ by Hillary Rettig

Oh, the things people say to writers! “What do you do?” “What do you write?” “Is there any money in that?” “Where have you been published?” “How’s the book coming along?” (Alt: “When will you be done with that thing?”) “Why don’t you just sit down over a weekend and just finish it?” “You should… Continue reading “A Writer’s Guide to Coping with Clueless Questions, Crass Comments, and Crazy Conjectures” ~ by Hillary Rettig

AHA · Authors Helping Authors · Writing Tips

“The Adverb Suddenly” ~ by J T Fisher

There are a few things can effectively ruin a writer’s day. Writer’s block, a cold shower, a tingling sense of hopelessness festering in the back of your mind. Running out of god damn coffee. But none of that matters right now. We’re here to discuss the weight class up, a problem that made you its… Continue reading “The Adverb Suddenly” ~ by J T Fisher

Authors Helping Authors · Inspiration · Writing Tips

“How A First Time Author Overcomes Writer’s Block” ~ by Susan Hatton

For years I had a story line in mind for my first book. ‘Re-write the legends’ I thought, ‘it will be easy!’ I was very wrong. I would constantly stumble, falter over what colour whose eyes were. To stop forgetting minor details I tried writing them in a file titled Notes, but before I knew… Continue reading “How A First Time Author Overcomes Writer’s Block” ~ by Susan Hatton

AHA · Authors Helping Authors · Publishing

“Baby Steps” – by Jordyn Redwood

I get asked a lot– how did you do it? How did you cross that bridge from simply dabbling in your writing to actually becoming published? Today, I’d thought I’d give some thoughts on some of those important beginning steps that I took and maybe you should take if you are serious about pursuing publication. 1. Finished… Continue reading “Baby Steps” – by Jordyn Redwood

AHA · Authors Helping Authors · Writing Tips

“The Drive to Write…” – by Stefan Vucak

Bright sunshine has flooded the landscape with light and shifting shadows as the wind whips branches into restless frenzy. A thin tendril of steam is rising from my cup of coffee and I gaze at it momentarily, captivated by the patterns it makes. I am staring at the computer screen, at the paragraphs running into… Continue reading “The Drive to Write…” – by Stefan Vucak

AHA · Authors Helping Authors · Book Review

“The Limits and Limitlessness of the Internet” by Charles Ameringer

The internet provides limitless opportunities for the writer, while at the same time creating limitless numbers of writers, so that one may get lost in the shuffle.  You become a fleck in cyberspace.  If you have a publisher, you have a page on its website, but no assurance that anyone will visit it.  Your book… Continue reading “The Limits and Limitlessness of the Internet” by Charles Ameringer

AHA · Authors Helping Authors · Writing Tips

“Beware the Procrastination Demons” by Stefan Vucak

You are sitting at your writing desk, chewing the end of that pen, staring at the notebook wondering what the hell to do next. The words just don’t want to come and your mind is a blank slate. Then again, you might be doing this staring at a computer screen. It doesn’t really matter which;… Continue reading “Beware the Procrastination Demons” by Stefan Vucak