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(…)

How to Hunt Down Sneaky Point-of-View Errors

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) One of my favorite writing craft topics is point of view because, when we master point of view, it solves so many other writing problems. Properly executing point of view immediately strengthens our writing, makes it more immersive, and gives lightbulb moments for many other writing elements. (If you want to(…)

How to Find and Select a Cover Designer

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Making sure my books had covers that would attract readers rather than turn them away has been one of the scariest parts of independent publishing for me. Readers do judge books by their covers. An ugly or unprofessional cover can make a reader pass on our book regardless of how great(…)

How to Win More Fans Through Storytelling

I’m excited to welcome a special guest poster today–Bryan Cohen. I originally “met” Bryan through a request to guest post on my blog a couple of years ago, and since then I’ve been privileged to take part in three March to a Bestseller events with him. Today, he’s back on my blog again to share(…)

The Inevitable Truth of Life–Things Go Wrong

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) How do you face the difficult times in life? Over the weekend, my husband and I went to see The Martian, and this is the question I walked away with. In The Martian, Mark Watney is part of the team of astronauts who went on a Mars mission. Due to a(…)