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How to Build Your Brand as an Author

Look at the cover for any book by a hugely successful author, and you’ll usually notice the author's name is in larger type than the title of the book itself. Why is that? Because of branding. People are more likely to read a book by an author they like. Yes, the quality of your writing [...]

By | February 19th, 2018|Book Marketing, Self Publishing|1 Comment

10 Steamy Tips for Writing the Perfect Romance Novel

It’s undeniable that romance is a hot topic (no pun intended). The genre shows no signs of slowing down, with romance novels continuing to dominate every other genre within the self-publishing and ebook sphere. At its heart, almost every romance novel is about the relationship between two people.  There will be minor characters and extras [...]

By | February 14th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|5 Comments

What’s the Score – The Next Always

It’s time to give the AutoCrit treatment to another popular name in the industry, and this time, we’re diving into one of the world’s biggest-selling genres – romance! One of Amazon’s top five authors in the romantic fiction category, Nora Roberts has written over 200 novels, and enjoyed immense success and a passionate fan base [...]

By | February 12th, 2018|What's the Score?|16 Comments

Judged by Its Cover: Dean Samed Talks Cover Art and Entrepreneurship

Referred to as “the UK’s most prolific genre cover artist” by DIYPhotography, illustrator and digital artist Dean Samed has never been one to shy away from a challenge. Responsible for art that has accompanied books by Stephen King, Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft, and Graham Masterton, Samed thoroughly appreciates the importance of cover art in the [...]

By | February 7th, 2018|Book Marketing|7 Comments

Making Minor Characters Matter

Any novel could potentially contain a cast of hundreds. Most of the important action, however, will only involve the protagonist and a few other major characters. But just because minor characters aren’t taking up the limelight, it doesn’t mean you have license to make them bland and unmemorable. On the other side of that coin, [...]

By | February 5th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|4 Comments

What You Should Consider When Naming Your Characters

Creating your cast of characters is one of the most exciting parts of storytelling. Naming them, however, is not always easy. There’s plenty to take into consideration – from the nature of the plot, to the genre, the location and time of the setting, and even the nuances of pronunciation. All of these things can [...]

By | January 31st, 2018|The Craft of Writing|11 Comments