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Busy Writer’s Guides Come to Print

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Since my first Busy Writer’s Guide came out, I’ve gotten one question more than any other–are these available in print? Now, for my two most popular Busy Writer’s Guides, the answer is yes. How to Write Dialogue and Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction are now available in print. Click(…)

Unbelievable Real Life: Arctic Aliens in Lapland, Finland

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome back to my Unbelievable Real Life feature, where I showcase weird creatures and offbeat places on our planet that seem like they should belong in a fantasy or science fiction story. Today we’re going to the icy world of Lapland, Finland, to look at frozen alien worms. I was generously(…)

6 Steps to a Professional Amazon Author Page

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) When you sign up for Kindle Direct Publishing to publish your book on Amazon, you’ll find almost everything you need from the menu at the top of the page. They make it easy for you to update your account information, add new books, and track your sales. But one important piece(…)

Do You Ever Feel Invisible?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) When I was in university, I watched a movie called Shall We Dance. The only thing I remember about it (other than that it starred Richard Gere) was a small clip where the main character’s wife is talking to the private investigator she hired to find out if her husband was(…)

A Crash Course in Thriller Sub-Genres

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) We’re now moving away from speculative fiction in our examination of genres. This week I’m delving into thrillers, and in two weeks (after my regular monthly post at Fiction University) I’ll be looking at mysteries. What Makes a Thriller? What’s the Difference Between a Mystery, a Suspense, and a Thriller? Just(…)

Five Important Lessons About Love From Disney’s Frozen

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) As Disney’s Frozen starts, we meet two sisters who love each other. Eldest sister Elsa has magical powers that allow her to create snow and freeze things, and younger sister Anna is always begging her to build a snowman. During one of their play sessions, Elsa accidentally injures Anna. From that(…)

Two Dialogue Death Sentences & How to Get a Stay of Execution

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In my years as a freelance editor, I’ve worked with clients all the way along the writing path—from newbies who are just starting their first book to seasoned veterans with multiple books on the market. I can now guess with a high level of accuracy where a writer is along the(…)

How Movie Trailers Would Go If They Were Completely Honest

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) My husband sent me a link to a YouTube channel called Screen Junkies. Once that sucked up at least 30 minutes of my life, I knew I had to share it with all of you. This channel takes big name movies and spoofs on them to create a video of how(…)

Do You Trust Too Easily?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Are you someone who trusts people from the start until they give you a reason not to? Or are you someone who feels trust should be earned? This is one of those ongoing discussions between my husband and me, and it was brought up again by our date night to see(…)

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(…)