Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Advice from the Red Pen: Volume 2 (With Stephanie Parent)



Volume 2 

Today, we're visiting with my editor friend Stephanie Parent. Stephanie has worked on a few of my own books, and is currently an editor for hire, too! I had fun being able to chat with her about her take on editing, and I think you'll find her advice insightful and interesting!

Editor Q&A


As an editor, what types of manuscripts do you enjoy reading the most, in terms of genre or characters? 

Actually, one of my favorite things about editing is getting to read such a wide variety of genres! No matter what I’m reading, though, I’m always drawn to character-driven stories. I also have a soft spot for romance and new adult novels, since that’s what I edited the most of when I was first starting out. And my greatest love as a reader is YA and children’s books, so of course I love to edit those as well!

What annoys you the most as an editor? 

I think I’m a pretty easygoing editor—I can deal with a lot! One thing that can bother me is when authors don’t mention something they’re particularly looking for from an edit. I’m happy to tailor my style to individual authors, but I’m not a mind reader—you have to tell me what you do or don’t want!

Do you think that an editor has to be as much of a storyteller as the writer? Or does it depend on the editor and what they're looking for in the manuscript? 

I do think that depends on the editor. For me personally, I work with a lot of self-published authors who have a clear idea of what they want and who don’t have to worry about meeting a publisher’s needs, so I try to preserve the author’s vision as much as possible. From my brief experience writing YA and working with agents, I believe editors at traditional publishing houses are more likely to fall into the “storyteller” category. These editors have to be a lot more concerned with making sure books conform to current market trends—luckily I don’t have to worry about that unless an author requests it!


What is your favorite part about editing? 

Reading was my greatest love as a child, and I always wished for a job where I could read all day. I’m happy to say I pretty much got my wish! I also love being able to work in coffee shops instead of an office.

How many times do you think a manuscript should be edited before it goes to publication, and why? 

Ideally a manuscript should be edited at least three times—a content edit for issues with plot and character, a sentence-level copy edit, and a proofread to catch any errors the copy edit missed. Of course, there are always exceptions. Authors who use detailed outlines might not need a content edit, and authors who want their books to be completely error-free might want to use two separate proofreaders.


What advice could you offer to other editors or writers who are working on their manuscript? How could they work to make their writing cleaner or more efficient? 

This is a hard question to answer, since everyone’s writing and editing process is different! I would suggest that authors familiarize themselves with basic grammar rules and take note of mistakes they frequently make, words and phrases they tend to overuse, etc. One good way to identify your writing habits—although it might make you cringe!—is to look at something you wrote a few years ago. You’ll have enough distance from your work to spot repetition or awkward stylistic choices you can’t see in something you just finished. Of course, you may have evolved as a writer over the intervening years, but it’s still helpful to do this from time to time. If nothing else, it will show you how far you’ve come!


To contact Stephanie, visit her Official Website!



About Stephanie Parent
I am a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California, and I’ve worked as an editor, copy editor and proofreader for many publishing companies and individual clients over the past ten years. Companies I’ve worked for include Dorchester Publishing (former publisher of the popular Loveswept romances), Cobblestone Press, The Wild Rose Press, and many more! I specialize in copy editing and proofreading—I have an eye for detail and I love to make those sentences shine!—but I offer full manuscript critiques and substantive editing as well. I am also a writer myself, so I understand how important your words are to you and am very mindful of keeping the writer’s voice and intentions as my first priority.



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Monday, May 14, 2018

MY SUMMER RELEASES: JUNE & JULY

It's almost June! Do you know what that means? It means that sweet, sweet summertime is nearly upon us, which, of course, also means that I'm hitting the prime time of my publishing year. I release more books in the summer than any time of the year. It's warm, people want to take books on vacation, and I want to write them. I don't teach during the summer, so I have more time to focus on getting my stories out and sharing them with my readers! 

This summer, I am launching two new publications:

Resurrection: Civil War 
(Resurrection Series #2)
June 15, 2018 

Prolific: Writing a Hit Novel 
July 12, 2018 

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Keep reading for the official covers and summaries of each. I'm SO EXCITED about both of them!


Finally, the book you've been waiting for! Coming this summer!

Writing a book is hard. 
Writing a bestseller is even harder. 
In "Prolific: Writing a Hit Novel," #1 bestselling author of 20 hit novels, Summer Lane, outlines the fun and efficient methods she uses to write her popular books, and how any aspiring author can do the same, young or old.

Designed to read easily and quickly, you can read any chapter out of order, depending on what topic you're interested in! Prolific discusses everything from character development and basic plot outlining, to finding your writing voice and creating amazing heroes and villains.
Also included in Prolific is a special section designed to help up and coming authors learn tips and tricks to create an online presence, streamline their author brand, and provide smash-hit novels for their reader base.
Over 200 pages long, this book will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a digital price of just 2.99. A paperback copy will be available for 10.99.



THE SECOND INSTALLMENT IN THE NEW SERIES, FEATURING WILDLY POPULAR HEROINE, CASSIDY HART! 

JUNE 15, 2018 

A house divided against itself cannot stand.
As the Western Republic and the Eastern Coalition are thrust into the beginning of a civil war, President Cassidy Hart fears for the survival of the country that she has worked so hard to protect.

A new, dangerous Omega Chancellor has taken control of the Eastern Coalition, heading up a new division of technological warfare, in an attempt to crush the Freedom Fighters and the entire structure of leadership built around Cassidy’s presidency. 

While a new type of advanced warfare begins, Cassidy and her team penetrate the dangerous underbelly of Omega’s remaining secret societies to get closer to the Chancellor and to seize Omega technology…before it’s too late to save the Western Republic.

Torn between loyalty, duty, and love, Cassidy Hart will go down in history as either the most beloved – or most hated – president of all time.
This means war. 








Monday, May 7, 2018

MEET THE EDITOR: Advice from the Red Pen (With Elzevera Koenderink)


I'm very excited to be interviewing a couple of editors this May at Writing Belle. As a professional writer, editing is something that I can do myself. However, as any author knows, you need more than one set of eyes on a novel. Editors are there to make our work shine, sparkle, and sing. Different editors may look for different elements or errors. Each editor brings their own unique expertise and experience to the table. Today, we're visiting with Elzevera Koenderink, owner of Willow Editing. If you're a writer or an aspiring editor, maybe you'll find the information here useful! 

Interview with Ms. Koenderink


They say that most of writing is actually editing. Do you think that's true? 
I’d actually say it’s the other way around. As far as I’m concerned, writing and editing are definitely both part of the same process, which I refer to as the writing process.
The editing process happens within the writing process, but within the editing process there is writing. Let me explain.

If ‘writing a book’ didn’t require editing, we’d write a first draft and be done with it. As we all know, that’s not how it works. Many people I meet see editing as something separate from writing. The next step, as it were. But the way I see it, writing and editing interact with each other as steps within the writing process. You write, you edit, you rewrite, you re-edit and so on until you’re happy with the result.

I’ve come to realise that many writers consider editing as a sort of necessary evil, because they’re told editing is needed to improve the quality of their writing, but apart from correcting spelling and grammar mistakes, they don’t see the upside of it.

Part of the reason I believe writers feel this way is they think they’re done writing once they start editing. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you ask me, the real writing starts after the first draft. It starts with editing. You take the time to get to know your characters, your world, your plot… you gather knowledge to improve the bare bones you wrote in the first draft. You add scenes, you add richness in details… This allows you to make your novel or story come alive in a way you wouldn’t have been able to when you first wrote it. There is plenty of room for creativity and coming up with new material in the editing process.

So, to get back to the question: I believe writing and editing are both steps within the writing process that are quite intertwined. Writing is as much a part of editing as editing is a part of writing.

As an editor, what do you think are the hallmarks of a good or high-quality manuscript? 
Every manuscript is different, and what makes each manuscript good or high-quality will be different as well. Something that will help a manuscript shine and set it apart from others, however, is whether or not it’s been self-edited. A self-edited manuscript will come across much stronger than a first draft. It will show the editor, be it an editor that you hired or an editor at a publisher, that you care enough about your writing to put in the time to polish it to the best of your ability.

How many times do you think a book should be edited before it's published? 
As far as I’m concerned, there’s no maximum to the amount of drafts your book should go through before publication. In order to make your novel the best it can be, I would suggest several self-editing rounds:
-         The big picture. Focus on plot/three-dimensional characters/worldbuilding/pacing and make sure to ask the help of beta readers once you’ve edited as much as you can by yourself.
-         Line editing. Go into detail with your characters, your world and your writing style. Again, ask the help of beta readers once you’ve exhausted your own resources.
-         Proofreading. Writing communities like Scribophile are great places to find help with spelling and grammar if that’s something you struggle with.
After these rounds of self-editing, you should have a manuscript that’s quite polished. All for free, I’d like to add! Yes, it takes time, but we write because it’s something we love to do, right? No need to rush.

Once you’re done with self-editing, I’d say your next step depends on your plans. If you want to self-publish, I highly recommend you hire a professional editor at this stage. Because you’ve spent time polishing your manuscript, you’ll be paying for someone who knows what they’re doing to help you take your novel to the next level. I like to compare editing to tending a garden. Say you have an overgrown garden (your first draft). You can pay a professional gardener to pull out the weeds, but that’s something you can do yourself as well. If you pull out the weeds yourself and then hire a professional gardener, he can help you with details that will make your garden extraordinary. That is the added value of self-editing.

If you want to publish the traditional way, I’d recommend not hiring a professional editor. Spend time on creating kick-butt queries, synopses and cover letters and maybe even pay someone to help you create those, but don’t spend money on a professional editor just yet. If you get a book deal, professional editing should be included.

What type of errors do look for when you are editing?
I like to think of editing as more than simply looking for errors. As I mentioned in the previous question, I like to compare editing to tending a garden. Yes, you look for weeds and stones to remove, but you also look for things to add that will enhance and enrich the garden. You look for elements to move: a specific plant may do better in the shadow than in the sun, for example.

What I look for depends on the kind of editing I’m doing. When I do a developmental or a structural edit, I look for the big things: plot and character inconsistencies, pacing… When I do a line edit, I look more for ways to make the writing stronger. Fix spelling and grammar mistakes, note places where a character’s voice could be made stronger, remove unnecessary words, avoid repetition… When I proofread, I only look for actual mistakes: typos, grammatical errors, punctuation errors...

What are your tips for writers who are learning how to self-edit their work? I know everybody has a different method, and of course all books should be professionally edited before publication. But how can writers learn to avoid making the same errors over and over again?
As you’ve probably gathered by now, I am a huge self-editing advocate. Many writers seem unaware of how much they can improve the quality of their writing before hiring a professional editor. I’m currently developing an online course that takes the writer through every step of the self-editing process because I think it’s important writers learn to see their own worth and to see that editing doesn’t have to be a chore. That would be my first tip: Look at self-editing as writing.

Another important tip is to separate the different steps. Many writers have negative feelings toward self-editing because they feel they have to do the same thing over and over again, which makes them get sick of their story. Bringing back the garden analogy: If you start working in the garden without a clear idea of what you’re going to do, you’ll get overwhelmed really fast. There’s just so much work, and pulling some weeds here and there isn’t making much of a difference, so what’s the point? You start doubting yourself. Why did you ever think you could do this? Stupid garden.

If you outline several steps for yourself and follow them, you’ll see improvement much faster. First get rid of all the rocks, then all the weeds. Check which plants you want to keep and which ones you should buy. Plant the new plants, maybe move existing ones. Add some finishing touches. Every step has a clear purpose. After finishing every step, you feel good about yourself. You see improvement.

Something I want to emphasize when it comes to the different editing stages is the importance of following them in order. You can spend hours on end fixing spelling and grammar in your first draft, but when the time comes to look at the plot you may decide some scenes need to go. Not only will you feel frustrated at the amount of time, you’ll also have a much harder time actually deleting the scene in question because you put so much time into it. My advice: work from big to small. Don’t start line editing until you’ve fixed the plot, and don’t start proofreading until everything else is done. This will save you a lot of time in the end. Plus, it’ll combat those feelings of overwhelm and self-doubt I mentioned before.

Are you currently available as an editor? If so, how can writers/authors get in touch with you? 
Yes, I am currently available! I edit both fiction and non-fiction. Writers/authors can email me at info@willowediting.com or use the contact form at www.willowediting.com. Willow Editing can also be found on Instagram and Pinterest. Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, to request a free sample edit (up to 1500 words) or simply to say hi :)

What is your favorite part about the editing process? 
My favourite part about editing is making the characters and the story come alive. I strongly believe character development and world building are crucial to the editing process, and I enjoy both of those very much. I love looking for the right turns of phrase and editing the same passage several times, making it a little better each time. What I also really like about the editing process is that it takes time to get to the end result. Taking things one step at a time is an inherent part of the process. I believe editing helps you grow as a person. You learn to give yourself time.

Thank you for visiting with us today. Happy editing!
Thank you for this opportunity, you asked some great questions!





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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

WRITERS IN THE FIELD: CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE FROM THE W.O.R.D.(Upcoming Writing Conference)


( Article is Contributed )
Writers in the Field: Your Hogwarts Letter Has Arrived...!
Okay, so you know that whole thing about karma: whatever it is you dump out into the cosmic ocean on a daily basis will eventually wash back up at your front door. I cannot say for sure that it's true, but our non-profit literary organization, WORD, has been striving (however imperfectly) to pour out extreme quantities of love, realness and radical generosity.
Of course, you never know exactly how your moral exports will come back to you – but last year, a bona-fide unicorn beached itself at my feet. Only this is a marine metaphor, so like... maybe a narwhal or something. His name is Shane.


He's basically Mead Hall Dumbledore.
Anyway, you know, when somebody just randomly says to you, "Hey, so my wife and I own sixteen acres, and we've been running this big-ass awesome steampunk ren-faire for a few years now, and I'm not a writer or anything, but I'm a huge reader, and... how do I say this... is there some way I could help you guys like, not screw up your fight scenes?  And period clothing and such? Like, if I got some of my sword guys down here, and a poisons expert, and the WWII artillery crew, and some folks who could show you how to pick locks and sew Victorian underwear and make real-life herbal remedies and stuff... do you think writers would be interested in a thing like that?”
And y'all... when a dapper pipe-smoking karma-narwhal asks you a thing like that, there is really only one thing to say.


Writers in the Field: a hands-on, gloves-off, first-of-its-kind research experience for writers! Handle authentic weaponry, clothing, tools, and more - Interview nationally-renowned field experts - Explore thirteen acres of live demonstrations, special exhibits, and rare displays - October 13th and 14th in Mansfield, Texas. Featuring wonders medieval to modern - outdoor venue with shade and seating - wine-tasting by prior reservation - live music and evening performances - tickets starting at $50! Register now at www.writersinthefield.com
It's called Writers in the Field. It is going to be PHENOMENAL. And I am asking for your help in making it an unforgettable smash hit.

Shane and his crew have thrown themselves into building this event. They'll bring in a slew of experts from their huge arcane Rolodex, for every kind of hands-on tutorial and demonstration you can think of.
Anybody know a good potions professor?

There’ll be first aid, security, parking, concessions, restrooms, vendors, electricity, and wifi all taken care of – and kept the ticket price for the entire glorious weekend to only $50. Yes, really.
This is it, guys. This is your Hogwarts.
This is going to be an incredible event, y'all. It's built - it's happening - and the only thing we need now is you.
And let me be clear: even if you live a thousand miles away, we still need you.
If the logistics don't work out for you to attend this year – we still need you.
If this isn't exactly up your genre alley, or your writing is on the back-burner right now, or you've already given your bottom dollar for worthy causes and don't have a penny to spare – we still need you.
Because dang it, the fun's not going to have itself!

If you're thinking "man, this is such a cool idea - why hasn't anybody done this before?", let me tell you: it's because an event like this is a five-leafed clover. Because nailing down the venue AND the outdoor-event-management know-how AND the talent AND the community connections AND still keeping the cost down to something the humble striving scrivener can afford... is near impossible. You can't do all this when you are hiring for each of those positions. You can't create something like this as a strictly transactional enterprise.
Which means that something like Writers in the Field can only happen under the most perfect and unlikely conditions – when you have *exactly* the right balance of passion, talent, generosity, and one-in-a-million golden opportunity. We just-so-happen to have lucked our way into the perfect primordial alchemy here - and you are the lightning that is going to bring it to life.
Your playground awaits...

 ...and so does your saloon.
So. If you like the idea of making hands-on education and research opportunities accessible to writers from every walk of life – we need you.

Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.writersinthefield.com/


We will have the preliminary schedule up by June/July with classes and bios listed. A sampling of some of things to expect: sword fighting, military expertise, horses, medieval crash courses, science as told by actual doctors, martial arts fighting, along with herbs and their fantastic uses, etc. Again, the two-day adventure is based in Mansfield, Texas at the Amber Inn Academy, which is south of Fort Worth.

This is how we do it, guys. This is how we know more and do better, how we become better writers and researchers. This is how game-changing greatness begins.




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Monday, April 23, 2018

Shelf Chat: What's Up With Me (Summer Lane!), and What's On My Shelf

If you're too busy to read...you're too busy! I've always been one of those people who likes to fill their days and weeks up with activities. I work, I schedule, and run around. I have a calendar/planner on my desk that's half as tall as I am. There's so much going on in my life at any one time that the only way I'll remember to do anything is if I write it down and then proceed to set five thousand reminders on my phone! 

Over the past couple of years, I've been so busy writing books, teaching classes, and running Writing Belle Publishing, that my inner bookworm has been deprived. To put this in perspective, I used to read at least a hundred books a year, every year, just for fun. Last year I read somewhere between 30-40 books. Keep in mind, I'm a very fast reader, but for me, that's not very much reading. That's barely squeezing a book in here and there! By the time I reach the end of the day, my eyes are physically worn out, so it's either an audiobook or Netflix that I reach for, because even my glasses can't clear up the bleariness I have to deal with after a long day of working. 

This year, I'm changing things up. Many of you know that I went back to school this year. I'm taking a science-heavy major (veterinary technology, followed by zoology), which means I'm doing tons of textbook reading. It also means that I'm running Writing Belle Magazine and Writing Belle Publishing part time so I can focus on school. I'm still writing books (Cassidy Hart is so much a part of me, we don't know how to separate from each other! ;), and I'm busier than ever, raising my two German Shepherd pups, keeping my house clean, maintaining a decent social life, and running to the grocery store so we don't run out of cereal or Pop-Tarts! **wink** 

Despite the busyness of my life, I was determined to begin this year with more time for reading and relaxing and enjoying every day! How do I do that? I schedule "down days." These are days when I have no events planned, no work scheduled, and no homework on the horizon. These are days when I can either stay home or jump in the car and go shopping with a friend or catch a movie with my husband. Adhering to a strict schedule where I have firm, non-negotiable "no-work days" has been an amazing change for me! I'm reading at least one new book per week (in another life I would have been reading at least 3, but hey...I'll take what I can get!), and I have time to take my dogs to the park or hang out with some gal pals here and there. 

I'd love to encourage all of you to make time for yourself, too! Realize that it's okay to rest and relax and be kind to yourself. Life can be stressful, and we all deserve a "chill pill" every once in a while. 

On that note, here are some of the books that are currently on my shelf - some of them I have already read, and some of them are up next in my reading cue. If you've been reading Writing Belle for the past 6-7 years, you know that my reading tastes are wide and varied - I'll pretty much read anything, so don't be surprised by the eclectic variety I've accumulated so far in 2018! 


Stalking Jack the Ripper, by Kerri Maniscalco. This book was such a refreshing change from some of the stuff I'd been reading. A historical fiction about a girl who falls in love with Jack the Ripper? Go, run. Buy this book and read every page. There are two more books, too: Hunting Prince Dracula and Escaping from Houdini. I loved this book, and I highly recommend this author. 


What She Knew, by Gilly MacMillan. Currently reading right now. A mother's young son goes missing, and what ensues is a taut psychological thriller that Liane Moriarty calls, "An amazing, gripping, beautifully written debut." I grabbed it on Kindle for just 1.99 during a sale. If you like mysteries, you'll enjoy this one. 


Cut, by Annelie Wendeberg. This book was gifted to me by its amazing author, Annelie. I love the tagline: "Ten billion died. Three million are left clawing for survival. One more death doesn't make a difference, does it?" I'm currently reading this one, too, and I'm excited to meet the main character, a girl named Micka. 


Women Who Run with the Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, P.H.D. Yes, this book was released a long time ago, but I'm slowly reading it over the course of 2018. It's not what I would call "light reading." It's a spiritual look at the inner machinations of the female mind, body, and spirit. Estes takes readers on a poetic journey to help you return to your true self. That is, Wolf Woman. 

The Complete Novels and Stories of Rudyard Kipling. Check it out, folks! You can pick up so many classic short stories and novels on Kindle for little to no cost. Rudyard Kipling wrote the classic and iconic Jungle Book, as well as another one of my favorites, Riki Tiki Tavi. I've also  been perusing this collection, reading one thing at a time. Kipling was an amazing writer! 

A Dark Lure, by Loreth Anne White. Yes, I've got a thing for missing-persons mysteries and thrillers. This novel covers the story of a woman who was abducted and abused by someone called the "Watt Lake Killer." She escaped, but now, 12 years later...it looks like the killer is back. There's romance, action, and mystery here. I also picked this up for 1.99 during a sale, but now it's available for 4.99 (still a great price!). 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, by Rick Riordan. I'm re-reading this AMAZING and PERFECT series from the genius mind of Rick Riordan. This was my favorite series when I was a young teen, and I had forgotten how incredible it was. I cannot recommend the series enough. It's got the perfect balance of narrative humor to action and emotional punch. My favorite middle grade series of all time - yes, I do like it better than Harry Potter ( gasp! )! 

Plague Land, by Alex Scarrow. This novel, about a genetically self-aware virus that destroy the world, is pretty dark. I picked it up because I can't help but read apocalyptic stories, and this one had a very interesting and unique twist that other doomsday books don't. Instead of a zombie virus or even a nuclear war, the enemy here is an intelligent, parasitic host that spreads, multiplies, destroys, devours, and then reforms. The idea is that the virus literally steals DNA and genetic material from all life on earth and tries to create its own twisted form of life, resulting in a devastating and grotesque form of evolution. Not sure if there's going to be another book. 

How Dogs Love Us, Gregory Burns. A neuroscientist uses the brain of his adopted dog to "decode the canine brain." This is basically an entertaining narrative of a scientific study of what goes on in our favorite furry friends' brains. I'm an animal science major, so I couldn't resist picking this up. I mean...LOOK AT THE DOG. TOO CUTE. 

Dog On It, by Spencer Quinn. I'm also getting ready to read this one, the first in the series of Chet and Bernie Mysteries. Told from the perspective of a dog, it offers a fun and fresh take on narration. 


Have any books you think I should be reading? Feel free to recommend! You can reach me on Instagram (@writingbelle), Twitter (@SummerEllenLane), and Facebook (@SummerLaneAuthor). 

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The books and covers here on Writing Belle are meant to further the creative intent of the authors and to recommend their purchase for my readers. No sponsorship is involved. I genuinely would love to see you check out these books!








Monday, April 16, 2018

THE AGENCY GAMES: EXAMINING THE HUMAN AGENCY OF THE HUNGER GAMES









About this Book: 
Coming soon from 
McFarland Publishing House and author Kayla Ann

Summary Courtesy of Author:

The working title of my non-fiction book is The Agency Games. In this book, I will be examining human agency within the popular Hunger Games trilogy. I will be doing in-depth character analyses of individuals such as: Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, Gale Hawthorne, Haymitch Abernathy, Cinna, Primrose Everdeen, and more in trying to understand how human agency is discovered, maintained, tested, lost, and regained in a dystopian society and how that relates to us as readers. 

Human agency, simply stated, is the individual's ability to act based on intention and desire. However, intentions and desires are affected by a plethora of internal and external constraints which is what makes human agency so complex. The book is loosely scheduled to be published in late 2018 or early 2019.



Why Consistency is Crucial
Guest Article from Kayla Ann 

Every new writer in every country has asked this question: how do I become an author?
We ask established authors for tip and tricks on how to become like them. Well, I believe that there is one major difference in being a writer and being an author.

Being an author requires consistency--in every aspect of your 'job'. You must have consistency when you write (and I encourage you to write every single day). You must have consistency in marketing your work to agents or publishing houses (if you go the traditional route). You must have consistency in marketing yourself to your own audience (if you are self-publishing or just promoting your own work). 

Whatever you do, do it well and do it continuously.

You want to be an author instead of a writer? Write consistency until you look around and realize, you are an author after all. 




About the Author
My name is Kayla Ann and I have been writing since I could hold a pencil. The earliest stories of my childhood include a unicorn that fell in love with a dinosaur and a young girl named Kate who didn't really want to be a pirate. As I have aged, I remained true to my love of fantasy, but I am now also fascinated by how stories work. My desire to investigate and understand literature has brought me to my latest venture and first traditionally published work.

Connect with Kayla:
Blog
Facebook: @KaylaAnnAuthor 
Instagram: @KaylaAnn




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