New Writing Guide — So, You Want to Write Your Own Light Novel?

My post “In Defense of the Original English-Language Light Novel” has been getting a lot of attention, and as a result I’ve had a bunch of aspiring OELN authors coming out of the woodwork to ask me questions. This is fantastic–obviously–but often I just don’t have the time to sit down with them like I […]

The Heart of Your Story

When I was in high school, I took a semester of Theater as an elective. I forget why I did it originally–I suspect I may have been strong-armed into it by an acquaintance–but I’ve never regretted it. All my English classes taught the bare minimum: spelling, basic mechanics, and the rules of the language. Only […]

Kill Your Darlings

Nope. I’m not going to trot out the same tired advice to trim word count by slashing plot and/or removing characters. I’m going to talk about literarily killing your characters. [Ha! Puns.] Since my long-running series is fantasy-based, this will all be from the perspective of a fantasy setting. However, that shouldn’t stop you from […]

The Toxicity of Sameness

There is a particular innocence you start with when you begin writing. You read books, watch movies; you analyze plot lines with others, and speculate where the story is going. You reflect on your favorite things about them and think, “I want to make other people feel like I do right now!” This seems to […]

Spring Sale [and a FREE Atlantis Wallpaper!]

Sorry if you saw the front page of the site doing weird things last night… I was updating and a table broke. It’s all fixed now! Anyway, I fully intended to do this over Easter weekend, but it didn’t update until today, so… uh… Easter Weekend Spring Special! The first volume of Atlantis: The Visionary […]

Atlantis: TVC Volume #1 is Now Available!

It’s out, it’s out! It’s finally here! So much work has gone into this–sleepless nights, long days banging my head against a wall during editing, and hours spent staring at blank pages. This is only the first step, as I am not done with Atlantis yet, but it’s a huge milestone for me. Thank you […]

Uh, About That…

So I went to submit the final edition of Atlantis: TVC #1 a few days ago, and uh, submitted an old test draft on accident. I didn’t realize it until Sunday night when I went to check things over before today’s launch, and opened up the preview. I hurriedly re-submitted the final version on the […]

Self-Publishing Resource List

This is a list of resources helpful to first time self-publishers. Veteran self-pubs may find a new resource or two here as well!  Note: Anything that does not have a free, non-trial version will have a [$] after it to denote that it is a resource that must be paid for to use.  Last Updated […]

E-books, Images, and You

Very self-help-y, right? If you are planning on adding images to your e-book, then this is the place to be. All of my books are illustrated, and it was a pain trying to figure out how to format images. I did all my images one way, because one site said so, but it turned out […]

Turning a Manuscript into an E-book

If you are coming here from Formatting a Document for Conversion [in OpenOffice], then you most likely have a clean, formatted document for processing. If you did not, then I hope you have a clean, formatted OpenOffice, Pages, or Word document ready for use. Otherwise, click the link above for help formatting your file in OpenOffice, […]