Ester Meets District 9 – Digging Into Ellie Ann’s The Silver Sickle

Today I have a special interview for you. As you might imagine, as an editor, I have a difficult time reading for pleasure. So when I find a book I do enjoy, I like to tell people about it. Recently, I read The Silver Sickle by Ellie Ann, and as soon as I finished, I(…)

A Crash Course in Horror Sub-Genres

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Due to reader requests, I’ve extended my genre series to include horror. As I bring this series to a close, I wanted to remind you 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(…)

Do You Believe in Fate or Free Will?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology and a Master’s degree in Theological Studies. During the years I was in school, I listened to and participated in debates on wide-ranging hot-button topics like nature vs. nurture, the definition of deviance, and the ethical lines behind human experimentation. But no topic(…)

A Crash Course in Romance Sub-Genres

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Welcome to the second to last post in my genre rundown. I hope you’re feeling more confident when it comes to genres (a topic that gives most writers a headache). Today we’re taking a look at romance. What Is Romance? A romance is a story where the central focus (and the(…)

4 Tips for Setting Up Your International Amazon Author Central Pages

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Last month, I walked you through the 6 Steps for Setting Up Your Amazon Author Page. In that post, I talked exclusively about your author profile on, but Amazon sells books all over the world. While setting up our author page on is the most important (because that’s where(…)

Do You Trust In First Impressions?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Many of us put a lot of faith in first impressions.   In the movie I, Robot, the year is 2035, and robots are now a regular part of life as household servants and members of the public service professions. As the movie opens, Detective Del Spooner has been called in(…)

A Crash Course in Mystery Sub-Genres

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In my genre examination I’ll still be covering romance and horror. If there’s any genre that I haven’t covered that you wish I would, please leave a comment or send me an email. If enough people request a post on a not-yet-covered genre, I’ll happily oblige. These Thursday writing posts are(…)

Star Trek Universal Translator Coming Soon?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) According to this article on, we might not be that far away from a Star Trek-like universal translator. On May 27th, 2014, Microsoft publicly demonstrated for the first time a new feature they’re developing for Skype called Skype Translator. This will allow Skype users to talk in their own language(…)

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(…)