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Managing the Passage of Time in Fiction

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) We’re almost constantly aware of the passage of time in our daily lives. We check our watches, set alarms, mark important dates on our calendars. We live by the change in daylight and the change in seasons. The passage of time will be equally important to our characters…and to our readers.(…)

Unbelievable Real Life: Underwater Art Museum

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’ve been to museums across the world, from Australia, to Europe, to Canada and the United States. I’ve never been to a museum under water. Until I saw this video, I didn’t even know something like this existed. When I watched this video, full of fantastic images of how submerged sculptures(…)

The Biggest Mistake Made By Self-Published Authors

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’m going to be a tease today. I’m over at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University for my regular monthly guest post, but I’m not going to tell you more about the topic than this–I’m sharing what I think is a fatal mistake made my self-published authors. And it’s probably not what you’d(…)

Will Humanity One Day Live on Mars?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) The next milestone in space exploration seems to be putting people on Mars. NASA has mentioned plans to place human beings on Mars sometime in the 2030s. Non-profits like the Netherlands-based Mars One Project and private businesses like Elon Musk’s SpaceX intend to do it sooner than that. While there are(…)

6 Qualities of Bad Writing

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Whenever a book becomes wildly successful (or even moderately successful), a funny thing seems to happen. Among all the people who love it, another segment of the population rises up who hate the book. Now, some of this could be sour grapes, spouted by people who’ve wanted to write a bestseller(…)

Cover Design on a Budget

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) A while back I wrote a post on How to Save Money on Editing Your Book. Since I’ve been covering How to Find and Select a Cover Designer and 7 Tips to Make the Most of Working with a Cover Designer, I wanted to make sure I also talked about cover(…)

Be the Hero of Your Own Life Story

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Those of you who regularly read my blog might have noticed that I disappeared for over a month. That’s because 2015 went out worse than it came in. After driving to the hospital every day for a week to be with my husband, and another week full of follow-up appointments, I(…)

Selecting POV Characters and 7 Tips to Make the Most of Working with a Cover Designer

Last month, I talked about how to find the right cover designer for our project. Unfortunately, once we’ve selected our cover designer, it doesn’t mean everything will move forward smoothly or well, even if our cover designer is both talented and professional. Why? Well, a business relationship is still a relationship. That means a large(…)

My Favorite Science Fiction Book of 2015

If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you know I don’t tend to “endorse” books very often. I see so many books, both through my work as an editor and through my own personal reading, that it takes something special to be good enough for me to talk about it. But as you might(…)

Becoming Your Point-of-View Character

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Point of view frustrates a lot of writers–new and old alike. Today I’m over at Writers in the Storm sharing one of my best tricks for how to avoid point-of-view errors. I’ll give you the secret here: You have to become your viewpoint character. For an explanation of what the means(…)