7 Tips to Writing Great Historical Fiction.

Are you considering writing a book set in the past? Maybe you’re already writing one and looking for a few tips.

Choosing to write a book within a historical period of time can feel daunting and is definitely not an easy task. There will be a lot of research to get through, and knowing how to correctly balance accuracy with your own fictional tale can be confusing.  Continue reading “7 Tips to Writing Great Historical Fiction.”

Bring Your Character To Life In Fiction Writing

When you think about a person in your mind you can visualise the way they look as well as recognise the subtle traits in  their personality, attitude and outlook. You can imagine everything  which makes up the whole sum of a person.

In fiction we are told not to describe a person’s hair, eye colour, etc, simply because it’s no longer fashionable to go into such direct detail. Fiction has over the years transformed reader’s tastes and we have learned that we don’t actually need to know the smaller  details in order to engage with and get to really know a character. Continue reading “Bring Your Character To Life In Fiction Writing”

Book Reviews, love ’em or hate ’em.

Book reviews are one of the most important things in the publishing world, without them no-one gets to find out how good or bad a book is. But what’s the most accurate way of an indie author finding out the value of their work without paying through the nose for a literary review?

Why a single review matters so little.

A ‘single’ reader review reflects only what one particular reader thinks of an author’s book. If twenty readers thought that a book was great, but one person reviewed it badly, does that mean that the book is bad?  Hardly! I remember the first review I received on one of my book’s was highly negative. I was distraught, utterly convinced the book was  doomed.  But I was wrong. Some great reviews came hurtling in later on, so don’t tremble as you await that first review, it isn’t worth much on it’s own – really. Wait until you get a few more and then you will see the true impact your book has made. Continue reading “Book Reviews, love ’em or hate ’em.”