You Asked: How do I Prepare For My First Book Signing

I 've been asked, by a friend, to speak to her literary group about my newly released short story collection, Maybe Next Time. I'll admit I felt a bit of trepidation upon receiving the invite. I was excited about sharing my work, but a little nervous, but then decided, why not? I will be speaking … Continue reading You Asked: How do I Prepare For My First Book Signing

You Asked: 7 Things You Can do to Identify Your Genre | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

From the archives of You Asked,the Experts Answer. This week's question is: How do I know If I’ve chosen the right genre? Choosing a genre is something many writers struggle with … Source: You Asked: 7 Things You Can do to Identify Your Genre | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES I’d love to hear your comments. Talk … Continue reading You Asked: 7 Things You Can do to Identify Your Genre | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

You Asked: What is Plagiarism?

Welcome to another: You Asked the Experts Answer, segment. The question this week - What is plagiarism? If you've been watching television, read anything on social media, or in the news this week, you're aware of the controversial speech Melania Trump gave on Monday night. Personally, I thought her speech was beautifully given and expressed some … Continue reading You Asked: What is Plagiarism?

You Asked: What the Heck is a Beta Reader? Do I Need One?

Welcome to another,  You Asked, the Experts Answer, segment.  This week's question is: What are Beta Readers and do I need one? A Beta Reader is someone who reads your manuscript before you release it and provides feedback. Similar to technology companies who release software updates to Beta Testers for the purpose of identifying any bugs before … Continue reading You Asked: What the Heck is a Beta Reader? Do I Need One?

You Asked: How to Start an Online Writers Group?

Welcome to another, belated, You Asked, the Experts Answer, segment. This week's question: How do you start an online writer's group? I've been a member of the South Carolina's Writer's Group, which met monthly at our local library, but haven't participated in an online group before and I've certainly never thought about starting one - until now. So, … Continue reading You Asked: How to Start an Online Writers Group?

You Asked: How Important is Genre?

Welcome to another, You Asked, the Experts Answer, segment. This week   our question is: How important is genre? The simple answer is - very. According to C. S. Lakin, from Live, Write, Thrive, there's a  direct correlation between book sales and genre. And, from where I'm sitting that's an important piece of information for authors to … Continue reading You Asked: How Important is Genre?

You Asked: How To Stop Overusing Pronouns

Welcome to another, You Asked, the Experts Answer, segment. This week ‘s question is: How can I stop overusing pronouns? Pronouns: a word that can functions by itself as a noun/phrase and refers either to participants (e.g., I, you) or to someone or something mentioned elsewhere in the discourse.”   Words such as I, he, she, you, … Continue reading You Asked: How To Stop Overusing Pronouns

You Asked: Are Song Titles Copyright Protected?

Welcome to another, You Asked, the Experts Answer, segment. This week ‘s question: Can I use the title of a popular song and the artist name in a fictional story? This week's question is of particular interest to me. I've written a short story in which a song plays an integral role in the story. But, is it … Continue reading You Asked: Are Song Titles Copyright Protected?

You Asked: What is the Criteria for Rating Books in a Review?

Welcome to the first, You Asked, the Experts Answer Segment, for 2016. A number of blog posts this week covered reviews and their value to the authors. The post from Kristin Lamb, reblogged here yesterday, is a good example. However, the question I’ve heard the most often when discussing writing reviews is, “What criteria or rating method do I … Continue reading You Asked: What is the Criteria for Rating Books in a Review?