How to build your world: Habitat

In case you missed last Friday’s post, I confirmed I was resurrecting my World Builder Series.  So for (most of) the next several Fridays, the topics I write about will all be on World Building.

I personally like going deep into World Building for my fantasy stories so these posts may cover a lot of concepts and questions that aren’t always thought about.  

All my earlier articles in this series are located in World Builder.

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10 Bitesize Marketing Ideas: a Guest Post by Ari Meghlen

I had the wonderful chance to be a guest writer over at The Naptime Author blog. I want to say a big thanks to Anne who kindly invited me to share some marketing thoughts with her readers.

So here is the article, enjoy this Monday Marketing post 😀

The Naptime Author

Hello, writers and readers! While I can claim a fair amount of useless knowledge, useful writerly things, such as branding and marketing, are far outside my ken. 

Thank goodness for others, like fellow blogger Ari Meghlen, who understand these mysteries, and are willing to share their knowledge! Ari has graciously agreed to visit today, and share 10 marketing tips. Enjoy!

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Firstly, I want to say a big thank you to Anne for having me on her blog, The Naptime Author.  I appreciate being given the chance to share my thoughts with all her lovely readers.  Now, let’s get to it!

Marketing is one of those words that most writers dread.  We aren’t really into tooting our own horns.   Our comfort lies in building worlds, spinning tales, breathing life into characters…so this “marketing” malarkey doesn’t sit well with us.

So, for those of you who are not sure where to begin…

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Book Piracy: Why Does it Happen and What Can We Do to Stop It? #MPBooks

I actually decided to bounce my previously planned blog post as I really wanted to reblog this piece by my friend Cat, discussing Book Piracy.

Check it out and do look through her blog, it’s full of great content. I’ll be back on Monday with another #MondayMarketing post 🙂

Have a great weekend.

My Peacock Books

Last week a new website became a hot topic on Twitter.  The website offers free downloads of digital books, many of them by some very well known authors, but it does this without the permission of those authors or their publishers.  The website is offering pirated copies of books, and many are willing to take them, but is there anything that can be done to stop this piracy, and can the reasons people give for distributing or taking pirated books ever be justified?

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EDIT: unfortunately I took an unexpected turn for the worst, so no blog post. Since this illness is not playing fair I will just wait until I’m sure I’m on the mend before trying to post. Thanks for your kind words and patience.

 

Due to currently being under the weather, today’ post will be coming out tomorrow.  I just need today to rest and recuperate.

Thanks everyone

Ari x

How To Research Properly For Your Mystery Novel [Mystery Month]

Something has come up and I can’t complete today’s post. However, rather than not post, thought I would share this article by Rachel Poli about mystery writing. Enjoy and do check out Rachel’s other posts.

Rachel Poli

For me, the writing process is pretty straightforward and fairly simple. I outline, then I write. Then I edit and rewrite and so on and so forth.

During the outlining part of the process, that’s when I do the bulk of my research. When it comes to writing about mystery, there’s a lot of research to do.

How To Research Properly For Your Mystery Novel | Mystery Month | Creative Writing | RachelPoli.com

Who is who

One thing I always look up is ranks of the people in law enforcement, what their job entails, what tools they use, and what day to day life is like for them while working.

For example, I’ll research a coroner and figure out where they typically work, what tools they use to examine bodies, the paperwork they draw up, what they do day in and day out, and more.

The same goes for a detective, police chief, forensic scientists, and more.

How to kill

Yes, we all have to research…

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