Three Quick Tips to Help Your Print Books Look Professional

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Many self-publishers stress out about formatting their ebooks (my post Understanding Your Ebook Formatting Options explains your choices), but they assume putting together the print book files will be easy. After all, we’re writers because we love books. We’ve read thousands of them over our lifetime. We know how they should(…)

How And Why Do You Write?

By Marcy Kennedy (@Marcy Kennedy) My friend and fellow writer Debra Kristi tagged me in a very fun blog tour about my writing process. Since this will give me a chance to answer a lot of questions I’m often asked, I thought it would be fun to play along. But first I want to say(…)

A Crash Course in Science Fiction Sub-Genres

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) We’re into the third episode of my exploration of genres, and today we’re going to look at science fiction. (I’m currently planning to also cover suspense/thrillers, mystery, romance, and horror. If there are any other genres you’d like me to delve into or you have any other questions about genres, please(…)

Unbelievable Real Life: The Crystal Cave of Giants

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) My husband and I love caves. I’ve been to the Mammoth Caves in Kentucky, together we visited Luray Caverns in Virginia, and we’ve even been spelunking at Metcalfe Rock near Collingwood, Ontario. So we’ve seen a lot of crystal formations, stalactites, and stalagmites. We’ve never seen ones big enough to walk(…)

A Crash Course in Fantasy Sub-Genres

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome back to my series on the different genres we can write in. As I go through this series, please keep in mind that I can’t cover absolutely every option. My goal is to give you the main categories, so you can better understand where your book might fit or what(…)

Divergent: Do You Know Where You Belong?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Did you know what you wanted to do with your entire life when you were only sixteen? What if you’d been forced to choose and could never change your decision? That’s part of the dilemma faced by Beatrice (who later calls herself Tris) in Divergent. The society in Divergent is divided(…)

Putting Your Inner Editor to Work – Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) My genre series will continue next week, but this week I wanted to quickly let you know about a webinar I’m running on Saturday, April 12th, called Putting Your Inner Editor to Work – Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. When we’re writing our first draft, we look for techniques to silence our(…)

The Ins and Outs of ISBNs

By Marcy Kennedy, @MarcyKennedy One of the areas where there seems to be universal confusion among writers intending to self-publish is ISBNs. It’s a business detail that would have been taken care of by our publisher if we went the traditional route, but now, we’re the publisher. Like so many other business details, figuring out(…)

Does Genre Still Matter in 21st Century Fiction?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I taught at WANACon in February, and in my session, I asserted that genre does still matter—despite self-publishing, despite books that seem to cross genre lines, and despite superstar literary agent Donald Maass proclaiming that genre is dead (I’ll return to that in a minute). I’m about to start a new(…)

Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction: A Busy Writer’s Guide

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’m excited to announce the release of the next full-length book in my Busy Writer’s Guides series. You’ve heard the advice “show, don’t tell” until you can’t stand to hear it anymore. Yet fiction writers of all levels still seem to struggle with it. There are three reasons for this. The(…)