TODAY I'VE been thinking about the night I decided on a whim to start my Twitter account. I didn't know why I was doing it at first, but I quickly became connected to this community of authors, and suddenly I had access to one big ongoing conversation about books and writing. This was brand new … Continue reading I’m Living the Dream Over Here
WELCOME TO the Tory Hunter Books 10K Followers Full Manuscript Critique Giveaway Extravaganza! Big giveaway, big title! Now that I've reached (almost) 9,500 followers on Twitter, the contest is open! I'm going to share some news really quick and then I'll tell you all about the giveaway and how to enter. News really quick Soon … Continue reading Enter to Win a Free Full Manuscript Critique
I SEE this question being asked all the time: plotter or panster? In other words, do you outline first, or do you begin with an idea and let the story take you where it wants? There's an argument for an against both ways of going about it. Some would say plotting in advance is stilted … Continue reading I’m a Pants Plotter
WITH THE exception of the Oxford comma, how to price your self-published ebook is perhaps the most controversial topic in the world of books and writing. Surely you, as an independent author, should price your book higher than a Starbucks coffee, right? If not, what is the right price? The answer is simple: There is … Continue reading The Great Ebook Pricing Debate
I'M IN the process of shifting gears and concentrating heavily on finishing both my novella TO BE FRIENDS and the zombie novella WB Welch and I are co-writing, and I'm getting nervous. I've been in the writing community for almost exactly three months now, and on Twitter only a few days more than that. Before … Continue reading Should My Author Name be Party Freckle?
EVERYTHING WAS just fine for your protagonist. They were living a normal life. It wasn’t a great life by any means, but at least nothing bad lurked on the horizon. Or maybe that’s wrong. Maybe your protagonist was doomed if they continued sitting around, not taking charge of their life. Or maybe an imminent threat … Continue reading Your Protagonist’s Low Point
SO YOU want to build your Twitter following and grow your engagement and reach. Well, the first thing to remember is this: don't start a blog series and then let a month pass before you make the second entry, which is what I'm doing right now. Guilty. Yes. Shame me, abandon me, warn others against … Continue reading How to Twitter Effectively: Vol. 2