Once again I have been harassing other writers to guest post on this blog. This week’s guester is the lovely Cass Alexander, who talks about whether to use a Pen Name. Enjoy!
My Name’s Not Cass, But You Can Call Me Cass
by Cass Alexander
Prior to publishing my first romance novel, my husband and I debated whether I should publish under my real name or use a pen name. Marketing, in the short term, would be easier if I used my legit name, because I know lots of people. And, let’s face it, it’s pretty damn cool to see your name slapped on the cover of a book.
But, in the end, I didn’t have the balls to use my real name. Like all healthy, well-adjusted citizens of the world, I blame societal pressures.
This week’s guest poster is the lovely Sandie Docker who discusses being a writer. Enjoy 🙂
Own it baby. Work it!
by Sandie Docker
“So, what do you do?”
A simple question. One, unless you’re a spy, that is answered easily.
Except it isn’t.
It’s a question that fills me with dread. Because what I am, is a writer. But I’m an unpublished writer so to answer that most simple of questions I feel like a complete fraud if I answer with the truth. I have no books out in the world. I don’t get paid to write.There is no tangible proof of what I do (other than my manuscripts languishing in various slush piles waiting to find a home). And even though I write every day (nearly), and I do courses which in other circles would be considered ‘professional development’, and I’m chasing my dream with query letter after query letter, and all those memes out there tell me that if I write I’m a writer, it still feels wrong to say it out loud. “I’m a writer.”
Originally this term meant “God from the Machine” and was in reference to when a “god” character in a play was lowered on stage via a cable device. The god was often brought in as a divine intervention for a situation that was unfixable.
The term has changed now and is used as a negative connotation to explain a sudden illogical plot twist used to completely alter a situation. Sadly this sort of thing happens in fiction whereby someone or something is introduced into the plotline just to create a contrived solution to an unsolvable issue / conflict.
This week’s guest post is the wonderful Suzanne Rogerson, author of Visions of Zarua, sharing her tips for self publishing 🙂
15 Tips for Self-Publishing (the second time around) by Suzanne Rogerson
First some back ground on me;
When I self-published my first fantasy novel Visions of Zarua in 2015 I was a complete novice. The ebook was published in November, and then after a hasty change of heart, I published the paperback in December.
It was an intense time but I was lucky to have the support of my editor, Alison Williams, to answer my many questions and the rest I researched on the internet.
This week’s guest post is the lovely Erika Kehlet from The Book’s The Thing where she shares her love of books and offers up reviews. Enjoy!
Do’s and Don’ts for Connecting with Reviewers by Erika Kehlet
I’m so happy for this chance to be a guest on Ari’s blog today. I’m Erika, and when not working full time in IT support, I write a book blog and read everything I can get my hands on.
I have had a love of reading since I was old enough to hold a book in my hands, before I even knew what the the little symbols on the pages meant.
I learned to love books by watching my family read, and being read to, and I’ve tried to instill the same love for books in my own children.
If you are a writer working on your first manuscript, there are some things that you should be doing now. Like, right now.
Before you finish your novel.
Before you contact an editor.
Before you get published.
I’ve been writing for a long time and looking back I can see how my skills have developed.
I used to wish to be published at the age of 18. However now I am really REALLY glad I didn’t attempt it, I was not ready and I have seen a strengthening to my writing that has grown over the years.
Now I consider myself a much stronger writer* (ahhh got to love my not-so-inner egotist) and one thing I noticed as my skills improved was how I started to react to books and movies.
Enjoy another guest post, this time by the lovely Rachel Emms.
Types of Crime Thrillers
By Rachel Emms
My name is Rachel Emms, I am an aspiring crime and thriller writer, book blogger and currently studying an MA in crime novel writing. I am delighted to be one of Ari’s guest bloggers and wanted to chat to you today about the crime genre in general and the many sub genres connected to this genre.
On we go with another mid-week guest post!
by Matthew J Mimnaugh
Greetings Eternal Scribblers,
My name is Matthew J. Mimnaugh and this is a guest post. Today I’m going to be talking about pre-writing, or the various approaches and tools a writer can implement as a precursor to putting words on the page with the intent of sharing with an audience—it’s an important distinction, trust me. This isn’t a list and I don’t cover everything—not by a long shot. Instead, much like my own blog, it’s a smattering of ideas with a general takeaway. So, without further ado, let us begin: