Friday, 22 February 2019

From Joey's Instagram


And back to work today even if my rash is back. Maybe I'm allergic to writing?? 🤣🤣 . What does your weekend have in store for you? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #writing #booknerd #bookworm #reading #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors
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Guest Blogger - S. McPherson: Why I Write


Why I Write

S. McPherson

To live in a land of magic has always been a dream of mine. The idea of being immersed in a world where anything goes and where all of my wildest imaginings are possible, makes my heart race and my skin tingle. I become the very essence of excitement. When I was younger, people said I was mad.
‘Head in the clouds that one.’ They’d say. But I’d just smile and shake my head. They don’t believe in magic.

For a land where anything goes is not far from here. My journey with it began the first time I opened a book – a place where I could grow, explore and embark on magical adventures. Where people could fly and animals could talk; where witches stirred cauldrons and superheroes wore tights.

My fascination only grew when I discovered the joy of creating my own stories and worlds to lose myself in. Where I could birth the characters that I loved and loved to hate. Where I could say how things would go.

Having spent eight years as a kindergarten teacher, I am very used to making up stories and inventing excitingly ridiculous scenarios for my class to take part in. I set the stage, choose the costumes and form a plot. And when I’m not engaged in a world of imagination and fantasy focussed on the children, I am entranced in worlds of my own, dreaming up tales and writing them down. This all helped me to enhance and develop my ability to create impossible things and I’ve loved every minute of it.

I now have seven indie-published books out in the world and that thought always makes me squeal. Two children’s books, and five novels that are a part of a romance fantasy series which, of course, revolves around mystic lands, magical powers and warring empires.

I write to taste the things that real life can never quite display because our imaginations are endless and, with them, we can do anything. So, call me mad, I don’t mind. It just means that I believe in magic, and books are magic on Earth.


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Thursday, 21 February 2019

From Joey's Instagram


It's Thursday and today I'm talking about cover art and my five tips and tricks to get the best ones for you and your book baby! 🤯🤯📚📚 . Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #writing #booknerd #bookworm #reading #authortuber #smallyoutuber
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Tips & Tricks: Cover Art [CC]


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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

From Joey's Instagram


Another shot of my desk I love that I can stack things here even if they don't get seen to straight away. I'm still off work until Friday but enjoying the peace and reading time! 📚📚🤗🤗 . How do you cope with unexpected time off? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #booknerd #bookworm #amreading #reading #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #writing
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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

From Joey's Instagram


#TEASERTUESDAY Tara has come go rely on Kaolin as both a friend and someone she can share the secrets of her life with. Only Kaolin isn't there...😱😱 Buy here: www.books2read.com/DTFW or the link in my bio! . Who was your first friend? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #booknerd #bookworm #amreading #reading #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #writing #bookboost
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Monday, 18 February 2019

From Joey's Instagram


I broke my streak of posting every day but that's down to having an allergy rash pop up and no idea why. One hospital visit later and I'm finally feeling human enough to post! 😷😷 . What have you been up to this weekend? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #spoonie #chronicillness #brittleasthma #spoonielife #wheelchairuser #oxygenuser #chronicpain #fibromyalgia #booknerd #bookworm #amreading
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The Trials of a Crime Writer: Balancing Realism & Fiction


THE TRIALS OF A CRIME WRITER: BALANCING REALISM & FICTION

I've talked about this before in one of my tropes pieces (linked here) but I feel like it's something that needs to be covered more as a crime writer than just the plain ole indie author series I have. I think when it comes to writing crime, there's a lot of times when the barrier to realism is crossed and your ability to suspend disbelief vanishes. It's not necessarily bad writing, but sometimes things are just too "out there" to be considered plausible and real even in fiction.

With some genres, that's okay because we're talking about fantasy and worlds other than our own. In sci-fi there's a bigger limit again because it's either futuristic or enough is explained by tech that you can turn a blind eye to the things that don't ring true for you. But when it comes to crime, there's this feeling that things needs to make sense otherwise, it just doesn't feel believable and/or real enough to pass.

Now some of that is a case of the series 'jumping the shark', a phrase coined to basically mean that we're into the disbelief entirely and unable to go further without it verging on the ridiculous. I can name several YA series that this happened to, but I won't because I'm not that kind of blog, and these were also ones from my childhood and it seems silly to rake them over the coals. But what am I planning to talk about here? The balance between the two.

Because that's the important part of writing fiction, about finding that balance. And I feel that it especially applies to crime fiction and here's why. So many people who read crime, are doing so to escape, but also to follow the mystery. They're looking for a detective going out and about and seeing this or that happen, and they're coming along for the ride. They want to see the clues shown and see if they can beat the detective to the punch and find out who was the killer/other bad guy. It's about being along for the chase, and if the end result is something that makes the reader feel cheated, then it's doing something wrong.

So how do you balance between the two? It's not an easy feat. It's something that will take time, experience, and also research. I've already talked before about my feeling of there being too many serial killers in series. I've read a series that I ended up stopping because every new case was a new serial killer. I decided that one was okay, two was stretching it, but beyond that, with every new book in the series focused on a serial killer in the same geographical location? That's just beyond realism. It's into the absurd!

So what are some things you can look out for when writing that will let you know if you're crossing that line? Glad you asked, because I have a few tips to share with you!

#1 - CAN YOU SEE IT IN THE NEWS?
If it's something that you see frequently, like assault, or police searches for missing people, then it's probably something that can be turned into an idea. And you can take it and make it your own. You can add bits and pieces that aren't often on the news and come out with a really good story. And you can have it work for you. That's not to say that if it's rarely mentioned you should never use it as a plot point, of course there are crimes out there that are infrequent, but just don't build a whole series around it constantly happening, because that's gonna make people sit back and go: WTF?

#2 - DOES IT ADD AN AIR OF SUSPENSE?
The key to any good crime novel is the suspense that's built up in the mystery. If it's something like stealing someone's identity and using it as a way to get away with crimes, then it can be turned to add suspense. Not every suspenseful book has bodies dropping at an alarming rate. There are other ways to keep the reader glued to the page and allow for the story to play out. Utilise those and you'll find yourself with a good story on your hands.

#3 - DOES IT SKIRT THE EDGE OF REALISM?
As you all know, I recently released a sci-fi/crime novel. I had the idea for the crime aspects, but for it to work, I had to set it into the near future so that I could allow for tech advances and newer ways of fighting crime. If you've got an idea that would be unbelievable now, but wouldn't in the past or future, so long as you write it well, and skirt that edge but never cross over, it should be fine to write. Just remember to do your research and allow for feedback before you get to the publication route.

And finally, #4 - CHECK YOUR FACTS
This feels like something that shouldn't need to be said, but at the same time, it still happens. There are always going to be some facts that might impede your story, and for some of those, you can alter the time, place or even the rules of the world, but a lot of the time, you're going to need to rework your idea to make sure that it follows the facts. Otherwise you'll end up looking like an idiot who didn't do their research and no one wants that. So, be sure to not skip this step!

And those are my tips, if you have any others, or comments about your own history with realism in fiction, be sure to let me know in the comments! Good luck!


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Friday, 15 February 2019

Review of Burden Of Truth by Kristin Ward

 I thought I understood the truth.

I thought I knew the whole story.

But no one really did.

In a country defined by scarcity and control, Enora Byrnes leaves the watchful eyes and secret agendas of the powerful and enters a society living on the fringes. Life beneath the surface brings her face to face with a world struggling to survive. Armed with knowledge and honed into a weapon for the resistance, she fights alongside those whom society deems rebels and uses her skills to steal a secret kept hidden from humanity. Enora becomes what she has hunted: a traitor.

As Enora embarks on a fateful quest, will she find the one thing that could give her world hope or a truth that is far worse than she ever imagined?

My Review: 5 stars
I picked this up having loved the first book. A world where water is the currency and the chances of survival outside the Company are slim. Faced with joining the rebels, with fighting for what they both believe is right, Enora starts to see a different side to both the fight and the world she lives in.; It's a heartbreaking tale that gives drops of hope before they are almost pulled away. An amazing story with a cautionary ending. I very much enjoyed it and can not recommend it enough!

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Thursday, 14 February 2019

From Joey's Instagram


Talking about my life over the past month and seeing what I've managed! 👩‍💻👩‍💻✒✒ . Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! 🎥🎥 . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #authortube #readers #readersofinstagram
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Life Of Joey - February 2019 [CC]


All about my life in the past month and what I've been up to! #Authortube

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

From Joey's Instagram


New phone case arrived! It's a lovely postcard design by @officialstuartmanning for #DoctorWho and seemed fitting with my use of oxygen! 🤗🤗😷😷 . What's your phone case like? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #writing #booknerd #bookworm #reading #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #chronicillness #brittleasthma #chronicpain #wheelchairuser #oxygenuser
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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

From Joey's Instagram


#TEASERTUESDAY Harriet is trying to keep the past out of the future but isn't doing it that well! 🙃🙃🤐🤐 . Buy here: www.books2read.com/DUKN or the link in my bio! 📚 . Where would you visit in the past? . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #booknerd #bookworm #amreading #readersofinstagram #yalit #writing #reading #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors
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Monday, 11 February 2019

From Joey's Instagram


It's a #CrampingChronicles5 day! I've gotta get a chapter written while also being kind to myself. Hard to do today. 👩‍💻👩‍💻✒✒ . What do you do to help yourself on bad days? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #writing #booknerd #bookworm #reading #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors
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The Trials Of An Indie Author: Planning A Release


THE TRIALS OF AN INDIE AUTHOR: PLANNING A RELEASE

It's getting to that time of the year again where I am gearing up to release my next book. 2019 is going to be different than any of the others because I'm not just sticking with my usual two, but adding a third in there as well. It's been started, the process of editing and the rest have been going on since about July time of 2018. I won't bore you with the details of release, though I might update my series on the after process and all that goes into it. It's been a while since I talked about it.

But back to today's topic. How do I, and any other indie author, plan for a release? It feels like a never ending cycle between drafting, rewrites, edits, betas and the rest as you go from finishing one book to the next and getting another bunch ready for release. It can be extremely overwhelming, but that said, it's something that needs to be done. You can't just, like I did in the early days of my career, release a book and call it done. You have to get the word out and you have to actually do a lot of work to get that done. Readers don't come out from the woodwork and randomly start reading your book if they don't know it's there.

So how do you plan a release? What goes into it? Who do you talk to? What steps can you take to help get the word out? And how do you find readers in the first place? Don't worry! I'm gonna go through each of those in turn.

#1- What goes into it?

I'm someone who does a lot of planning. So I make sure that I know what's ahead of me. The deadlines, the steps I need to take and all of that. I also make sure that I know what's expected of me. A lot of the time, you're going to be working with other people. You'll have an editor and cover designer at a minimum, but you'll also have beta readers, a street team, ARC readers and cover reveals and all of that. You need to be sure of what you need to be doing and when to do it by. For me that means breaking it down month-by-month. Marketing has never really been my strong point, so I've used tools like Storiad that gives you a very good marketing tool for your release that you can follow.

But again, a lot of this is going to be down to you to do. You'll know what you need to do and when it has to be done by. Like I said above, I start the publishing process about a year before the book will hit the shelves. And so you need to make sure that you have that time, those steps to meet and all of that. Publishing a book is a whole lot more than just hitting the button on whatever site you use. You want to be spreading the word, building the hype when it comes to the cover, teasers, the pre-order period, the blogs who do ARCs and all of that. It's all a big build up the the special day when your book is out there in the world. And then, if you're like me, you're juggling these different stages with more than one book. So know what you're doing and make sure you have a way to at least keep track of what's been done and what needs doing.

#2- Who do you talk to?
This is going to be talked a little bit more in the fourth question, but rather than repeating myself, I'll just say that a lot of the time you're gonna be talking to bloggers and readers of your genre. The target audience are the ones you want to reach. But before that you'll be wanting to reach out to people who promote your kind of book. Whether that's a YA blogger or a romance blogger, or a fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian etc blogger, that's who you're going to be reaching out to.

Why? Because they're the people who will have the audience you want to reach. They're the people whose readers as going to be your readers. You want to be reaching out to them to help with any number of things from the cover reveal to ARCs to release day blitz to blog tours and the like. These are your people and you're gonna want them to know you have a new book coming out and what it's about.

#3 - What steps can you take to help get the word out?
I've mentioned on the blog before about certain things I do to help spread the word when it comes to a release. These are things like cover reveals, reaching out to bloggers who do things like Bookstagram or Twitter reviews. Taking steps to have Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) so that people can read the book before release and have reviews on Goodreads and Amazon come release day. You can use these moments, these steps, to get the word out to even more people. It's one of the reasons why it's important to have a good cover so that when it's revealed, people more than want to buy your books, and will pre-order it.

These are steps that you can take in the run up to release. That way there's people already aware that you have a new book coming out before it comes close to release day. It's a lot easier to build a buzz slowly, than to do it super fast. Though of course that depends on your platform, for me, who's very much a small fish, it takes time for people to get worked up because I don't have a huge reach.

#4 - How do you find readers in the first place?

Going back to point two, this is where I'll give you my secrets for finding the elusive reader in your target audience. As I mentioned there, there's places like Storiad that not only help you with marketing, but had a massive database that you can use to narrow down the searches for a certain type of blogger. That way you can use their messaging system to make those contacts and go from there. I recommend personalising the messages which may seem like a lot of work, but it's so worth it.

And the second place I recommend is The Book Robin Hoods, which is a massive resource that allows you to connect with readers and authors alike. They have a huge list of bloggers and bookstagrammers that will possibly, help you with your release. It may seem like a lot of work, but you're releasing a book and you want it to go right, so do the work and you'll thank yourself later.

So there we have it, how to plan a release and get the word out about your upcoming book. If you have any tips, feel free to leave them in the comments, but otherwise, good luck with your release!

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Sunday, 10 February 2019

From Joey's Instagram


Up early again. So I took the day off writing and did a bonus video which I just have to caption. I'm planning to spend the day on admin stuff and getting the cover reveal ready for #DyingThoughts7 coming soon! 😴😴🤯🤯 . What do you do when you can't sleep? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #writing #booknerd #bookworm #reading #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #insomnia #chronicillness
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Saturday, 9 February 2019

From Joey's Instagram


The bits you don't see of my life. The weekly dosset box gets filled on a Saturday so that's what I'm doing before writing. 😷😷🤗🤗 . What's your plan for Saturday? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #booknerd #bookworm #writing #reading #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #spoonielife #spoonie #chronicillness #brittleasthma #wheelchairuser
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Friday, 8 February 2019

From Joey's Instagram


And it's #Mepo day! I've got some #authortube to catch up on and ready to get today done! Hopefully without feeling crap! 😷😷🤗🤗 . Happy Friday! What are you getting done today? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #booknerd #bookworm #amreading #reading #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #writing
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Review of Fate Surrendered by L. Danvers

Gregory's life is on the line. And Daphne will have to do the unthinkable to save him...

Exchanging her white gown for a black one, Princess Daphne returns to the castle for a funeral, leaving Gregory behind. But the body count quickly rises, and there's no question as to who's behind it.

Sir Hartley presents her with a sinister choice: marry him or have Gregory's head delivered to her on a platter. With Gregory's fate in her hands, Daphne surrenders to the life her father had planned for her, swearing herself to Sir Hartley. It's not long, though, before his reign of terror begins.

No longer able to stand witness to these horrors, Daphne devises a plan to overthrow her tyrannical husband. But he'll do anything to try to keep his place on the throne. Even if that means killing her.

My Review: 5 stars
I loved the first book and wanted to pick up the next in the series. I adore Daphne, and her will to do what's right both for herself, but also for her people. This book was just as fast-paced as the first, just as engaging, with the angst and threat to Gregory's life coming for a position Daphne is forced into. I loved this book and plan to pick up the third in the series as well. It's a fast read, but definitely an enjoyable one! Highly recommended!

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Thursday, 7 February 2019

From Joey's Instagram


It's Thursday and today I'm talking about what to do with all those ideas and how to know if you're on the right track! 🤔🤔 . Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/JoeyPaulOnline or the link in my bio! . What do you do with your ideas? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #authortube #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips #authortuber #writingvlog #vlogger #smallyoutuber #booknerd #bookworm #writing #reading
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Ideas Everywhere: The Start [CC]


Writing always starts with an idea, but what do you do when they're everywhere? #Authortube

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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

From Joey's Instagram


#TEASERTUESDAY Tara's gift has it's downsides and seeing people die is one of them. 😱☠☠😱 . Buy here: www.books2read.com/DTTW or the link in my bio! . What paranormal gift would you like? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #bookworm #bookboost #yaauthor #booknerd #writing #reading #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #dyingthoughts
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Monday, 4 February 2019

From Joey's Instagram


Early start again today but I had some things to get done on the admin side of indie author life. So I'm doing blog headers and other little bits and pieces! 👩‍💻👩‍💻💁‍♀️💁‍♀️ . What's the ideal time to work on creative pursuits for you. Morning or night? 🌝🌚 . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #readers #readersofinstagram #booknerd #bookworm #writing #reading #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #writingtips
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Planning A Series - The Creative Process


PLANNING A SERIES

I did a series of pieces on series and standalones, which can be found here. But I wanted to touch on this again on a piece on its own. Simply because when I've written series before, they've not had an overreaching plot, but instead have been, mostly, able to read as standalones. However in the time since then, I've written a trilogy, and started two new series and so therefore have a little bit more experience with the whole planning of a series process. I will warn you that when it comes to planning - even as a series - I am not big about thinking ahead. I'm a minimal planner and I'm not someone who feels they are always able to plot beforehand, however I have picked up a few tips along the way that I wanted to share.

#1 - START SMALL AND WORK YOUR WAY UP
This is another way of saying that don't get too far ahead of yourself. While you might have an idea for a trilogy of duology, you may find that as you build up that plot and story that it's morphing into a longer series and that's okay. So long as it works for the genre and each story itself is somewhat resolving, then you're doing fine. What I mean by somewhat resolving is there should be a point to the break. It shouldn't be one huge story broken up into smaller chunks, there should be a reason for the end of each book to fall where it does.

#2 - MAKE SURE THE STORY WORKS
Touching a little again on that last point, you need to make sure that each book has a plot of it's own, even if it's a minor one that's mostly overshadowed by the main series arc. This is because the majority of readers want to feel like they've accomplished something when finishing a book is that they've been told a story, not just fed snippets of an upcoming release that will then tell them the rest of the story. This is imperative with a series that has a long reaching arc because otherwise you're gonna have a lot of people feeling like there was little point to the books that came before the main story started.

#3 - MAKE SURE YOU'RE STARTING AT THE RIGHT POINT
Carrying on from that last point again. Sometimes the story starts later than we realise and there's no need for readers to know all that happened in that first "book", it's nothing that can't be explained as exposition or through smaller chunks of text. Sometimes we start writing or planning a story and writing a lot of filler that's actually unneeded. Sometimes you can cut out whole books by just bringing the start to a point where it makes more sense. So be sure that when you're planning, even if it's something that strikes you later on, that you're starting as close to the inciting incident as possible.

#4 - USE THE BEST CHARACTERS TO TELL THE STORY RIGHT

Making sure you have the right character either in first person or from their eyes if you chose a variation of third person. You want it to be the right person to tell the story, and while it may be tempting to have it told from various different points of view, too many can be hard to track and it can sometimes make it more confusing for the reader and harder for them to relate to the characters. It's a balancing act to find the right point of view and also tell the story in the best way you can.

AND FINALLY #5 - SOMETIMES THROWING THINGS AT A WALL WORKS
By this I mean that sometimes you can do that thought-dump where you throw things at the wall and see what sticks. This can be the same for any planning, but especially something that works with a series. I've found some of my best ideas by talking things through with a friend and just letting my ideas lead me. It doesn't always work, and you don't always end up perfect on the first try, but it's something that's worth giving a go. You never know, you might find your answer and then some!

So those are my five tips for planning a series. As I said, the Dying Thoughts series wasn't one that had an over reaching arc, but the Lights Out trilogy, the Invisible series and Cramping Chronicles, all do, and it's something that you learn as you do. So go forth and plan your series, have fun and remember to keep writing!


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Sunday, 3 February 2019

From Joey's Instagram


Some days it feel like the easiest thing and other days it's super hard. Not sure what kind of day it's gonna be. Writing is going to happen though. ✒✒🤯🤯 . How's your writing Sunday going? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #bookworm #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #booknerd #bookworm #writing #reading #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors
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Saturday, 2 February 2019

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Oh a snowy Saturday it is then! Planning to write a chapter under a blanket! It's flipping cold! ❄❄☃️☃️ . What's your plans for Saturday? . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #booknerd #bookworm #writing #reading #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #igwriters #igauthors #yaauthor
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Friday, 1 February 2019

From Joey's Instagram


So I have a QFR video planned for March so time to get those questions in! Anything you ever wanted to ask fire away and it might get picked! 🤗🤗 . It's a snow day today! But very cold with it! What's the weather like where you are? 🌨🌨☃️☃️ . . #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #bookish #writinglife #joeypaul #readers #readersofinstagram #writingcommunity #indiesofinstagram #booknerd #bookworm #amreading #reading
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Interview with Trish Beninato


I am delighted to welcome back Trish Beninato to the blog for a second interview. Here's a little bit about her:

Trish Beninato is a young adult fantasy/scifi indie author, who has an unhealthy love for Marvel comics and Star Wars. She is desperately trying to make thirty the new twenty and lives in Colorado with her husband, three children and her adorable rescue pup. She was born in Indiana and raised around the world, spending most of her youth in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. She has a love for traveling and moving to new places thanks to being a child of the military and now spouse to a military soldier. In her spare time she works with young children, paints and hikes around the Rocky Mountains.

And onto the interview!

Do you write in the genre you love to read?
I have several genres I like to read but yes I do write in one of them! J

Do you have any favourite authors to read?
There are so many! I love Victoria Aveyard, Marissa Meyer, Bella Forest, Laura Sebastian, Charlene Hariss, Lauren Kate, Karen Marie Moning and Christopher Pike. Just to name a few!

Are you an organised writer or not?
I try to be, but mostly I’m flying by the seat of my pants- literally!

What's your idea of a perfect writing day?
Complete freedom to lock myself away and smack into the keys! Alas, it almost never happens.

Do you like editing or is it something you loathe?
Without a doubt, loathe.

What's your favourite social media? And why?
Facebook because I’m old and am apparently very bad at the rest!

Do you do character profiles? If so, why/why not?
Yes, it helps me stay grounded in the various characters.

How would you describe your writing process?
I write a very limited outline and then work some magic on the rest. Enough to make Harry Potter proud.

Do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks? Why?
I love the convenience of ebooks, but the smell of paperbacks will always hold my heart. However, I must say I’ve been obsessed with audio books lately just because of my busy schedule.

How do you plan a book launch?
With a ton o help! No, really though there is a ton of work that leads up to big grand finale. Including newsletter swaps, giveaway, trying to drum up hype, have my friends share the book on multiple platforms, run a sale and even sometimes, depending on budget, I’ll hire a marketing company and or personal assistant.

Do you have a favourite writing food? Drink?
Junk food and hot tea/coffee….. it’s so bad but sooooo good!

What's your favourite idea of a cozy afternoon?
A book, a soft blanket, and a warm fireplace.

How often do you write? Do you have a schedule?
I try to write every day even if it’s just a few words. But if I write too much, like nano, I usual will take a few days break.



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