What’s the theme of your story?

In her recent series of posts on theme, C.S. Lakin explores the importance of theme in your writing. She says,“without theme, plot is just a string of scenes, with little purpose. And although such a collection of scenes could be exciting to read, theme takes that plot to a much higher level and ultimately gives […]

Even JK Rowling needs a good publicist

The following is a guest post by book publicist, Alison O’Leary. If you’re not JK Rowling, there’s work to be done If your book received “withering reviews’ that included an assessment like, “so willfully banal, so depressingly clichéd” you’d never sell any copies, right? Unfortunately, writers with gold-plated names like JK Rowling can overcome such […]


If you thought writing your book was tough, wait until you try to get published! The truth is publishers and agents are very risk averse. They get hundreds of submissions, and their first priority is to look for reasons to reject a manuscript .  They have plenty to choose from, so as soon as they […]

5 Dangerous Habits to Avoid in Fiction Writing

If you want to get published, and more importantly, read, there are certain things in a manuscript or book that will turn off a publisher or reader. A must-read for any fiction writer is Stephen King’s On Writing. Whether you are a fan of his or not, his advice is spot on and the book is a Bible […]