Three Tips for Making the Most of Your Time With a Freelance Editor

Today I’m over at the lovely Karen McFarland’s blog. I know that hiring a freelance editor can be expensive, so I’m talking about how to make the most of your time working with a freelance editor, especially if you’re on a limited budget. I hope you’ll join me there. And don’t forget that I’m offering(…)

What Makes Someone a Hero?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) When we think of heroes, we often think of James Bond, Indiana Jones, and Batman. The men who save the world and get the girl. But there’s another kind of hero who often gets overlooked. In Jack the Giant Slayer, Jack climbs the beanstalk along with some of the king’s best(…)

Would You Sleep 40 Feet Underwater?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Every girl who watched The Little Mermaid growing up was enchanted by Ariel’s undersea home. So imagine my delight when I discovered someone had built an underwater resort for adults. Welcome back to my Unbelievable Real Life feature, where I showcase weird creatures and offbeat places on our planet that seem(…)

Three Things Writers Need to Understand About Designing Ebooks

I like to think my blog is a safe place where we can meet as writers regardless of the publishing path we choose. For that reason, I try to bring you posts that will apply equally well to traditional, hybrid, and indie authors. While those of you heading down a traditional path might not think(…)

Is It Better to Be a Good Person or a Great One?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) If you told me I had to choose between being a good person or a great one, I’d choose to be good. Oz at the beginning of Oz: The Great and Powerful wanted the opposite. He wanted greatness. Oz is a magician and a conman in 1905. He lies to women(…)

How to Use Your Logline, Tagline, and Pitch to Create a Stronger Story

Most of us think of a logline, tagline, and pitch as marketing tools we write after we’ve written our story so that we can use them to land an agent or as our book’s cover copy. We’re doing it backwards. I’m at Writers in the Storm today with a post I’m very excited about and(…)

I’m Giving Away a Short Story

Twisted sleepwalking. A frozen goldfish in a plastic bag. And a woman afraid she’s losing her grip on reality. That’s a peek at “Purple,” the short story I’m giving away starting today as a thank you to anyone who signs up for my brand new newsletter (which I’ll tell you about in just a minute).(…)

Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make on Facebook and How to Avoid Them

I have a very special guest to introduce to you today. My long-time friend, critique partner, and co-writer on my Amazon novel is here to talk to you about Facebook. Lisa Hall-Wilson is passionate about making the world a better place one get-off-your-butt-and-do-something article at a time. She’s a call-it-as-she-sees-it truth teller and freelance writer,(…)

Is Anger Always A Bad Thing?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Too often we’re made to think that anger is a negative emotion, one we should avoid because it’s weak or shows a lack of self-control. You can see it in The Avengers in the way Dr. Bruce Banner is treated. His character is a personification of anger. If Banner gets angry,(…)

Allowing Your Characters to Have a “Wicked Sense” of Humor

The last couple of weeks we’ve been talking about when to show and when to tell. This week I have a special treat for you. Debut author Fabio Bueno has stopped by to give us an example from his new book of how he showed how much a character had changed rather than just telling(…)