Writing Taglines and Loglines for THE DEEP LINK

I'm getting ready to self-publish my first sci-fi novel THE DEEP LINK soon, and I'm preparing all sorts of materials beforehand, like: bios of various lengths, a synopsis under 1K (in case I need to convince a very busy, professional book reviewer that my self-published novel is worth their time) several versions of back cover copy (or More...

Writing a goddamn novel synopsis

synopsis writing

We all love it, don’t we? The novel synopsis. That torturous exercise where we squeeze our brains real tight and compress a whole damn novel into a single page. One page! Might as well tickle our manuscript with a chainsaw, then tape a bunch of the shreds together. “Here,” we’d say, winking involuntarily, still clutching the chainsaw. “Here’s my goddamn synopsis. […]


The Difference Between Marketing And Spamming


In one word? Generosity. It’s that simple. Whenever you vet a marketing tool or strategy, ask yourself ‘What’s in it for the others?’ not just ‘How can I turn this into sales?’ What will this offer my readers? (It doesn’t have to be an actual thing like an object; a unique experience, inspiration, fresh perspective or an A-HA moment can be just as […]


Author Newsletter – YES or NO?

3d postman with envelope and bag

I’ve been browsing the interwebs for things to do before/when and after the release, and almost everyone mentioned setting up a newsletter. When I think about newsletters, I inevitably think about those annoying pop-ups when you scroll down or dare to approach the X button on your browser tab. I think about “Subscribe and get a free […]


How To Clean Up Your Manuscript Formatting In MS Word


If you want to submit your manuscript to an editor, an agent, or a publisher, OR If you want to self-publish, and want to be ready for all the ebook & print formatting that come next, I’ve got some good news! You can stop googling and ripping your hair out now. Just follow these simple steps to clean up your manuscript. 1. The following things […]


The 7 Stages Of Novel Revision


We writers have different ways to do things, but when it gets dark and dirty, we share the same insanity and go through the same highs and lows and inevitable meltdowns. It’s heartening to see we’re not alone. But also, what the fuck, people? Hasn’t anyone figured out a fool-proof, three step way to go from sketch […]


Freelance science-fiction editor wanted


I’m currently neck-deep in my 6th (!!) revision of THE DEEP LINK, and I’ll be done in about two weeks. I’ve trimmed down the MS from 150K to 125K, and will likely take it to <120K. I’ve edited it as good as I can, taking into consideration the awesome feedback of no less than 14 beta readers. (Thank you!) As you know, there’s only […]


Writing Advice Books – I Read Them All (I’d wish..)

Elements of Fiction Writing - Scene & Structure

Hey everyone! Long time, no post, eh? Well, you know how it goes, the holidays happened, monkey family business, life, procrastination — the lot. But I’m back, and to flex my blogging fingers, here’s a list of all writing advice books I’ve read so far. I sprinkled them with my own opinion, but regardless of that, all of these […]


Character Driven or Plot Driven?

plot or character

This is one of the most (ab)used distinction criterias between stories: Is it character driven, or is it plot driven? What if it’s both? What if it’s neither? Just listen to what Steven James has to say in “Story Trumps Structure”: “All stories are tension-driven. They may be character-centered (revolving around personal growth), plot-centered (relating […]


7 things you don’t (want to) know

This is one of those “blogging awards” things that I don’t really do, but Thomas Weaver who nominated me is a great guy. So here I go, abiding by the “One Lovely Blog Award” rules and posting 7 things about myself which I haven’t shared before. 1. I wake up at 5 every day to do at least […]