Ryan M. Church

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Wedging Romance into Fantasy

In Uncategorized on February 26, 2015 at 8:51 pm

Legends of Windemere

Deadpool & Siryn (Marvel Comics) Deadpool & Siryn (Marvel Comics)

Having romance in a fantasy story seems to be a kiss of death for some people.  At least today since I remember most fantasy books I read in my youth had some type of romantic subplot.  Is there anything you can do to ease the inclusion?

  1. Accept that some people will be upset as soon as the subplot is hinted at.  There’s nothing you can do about this.  Just remember that it’s your story and you know what you’re doing.
  2. Don’t worry about the sex.  You can show it if you want, but people will jump to that conclusion on their own.  Whether it be assuming two characters slept together or requesting that they do, many readers seem to gravitate toward this taboo topic.  As the author, you decide how far things go in this arena.  Keep your audience in mind, but you have to…

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MailChimp 1 – Signing up for MailChimp

In Uncategorized on February 17, 2015 at 9:02 pm

LibroEditing proofreading, editing, transcription, localisation

Welcome to the first in a series of walk-throughs that will show you how to set up a MailChimp account, set up templates and lists, and send out a MailChimp newsletter. You can start to set up your subscriber list in MailChimp 2 and create a sign-up form in MailChimp 3 …

What is MailChimp?

MailChimp is a web-based service which allows you to send out newsletters to a list of people who have signed up to receive them. There are other services out there, but MailChimp is very popular, often recommended to newbies and is free as long as you have under 2,000 subscribers and send out fewer than 12,000 emails per month. You can upgrade in order to get extra features and also if your list goes over the 2,000 mark. Please note right here and now that I’m not being sponsored by MailChimp for doing these posts…

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Create a Hyperlinked Table of Contents

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2015 at 10:01 pm

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

TOC 1One great convenience that an indie author can place in their Kindle, Nook or Smashwords e-book is a Hyperlinked Table of Contents. This is something I use all the time –it allows me to easily page back and forth.

The one I am using for this is an ancient file for the book that spawned Huw the Bard,  so ignore the page numbers. In those days I didn’t know that page numbers are like prisoners—they just weigh you down!  If you have seen my previous post on this subject you can quit now and I won’t hold it against you.  However, if you are in the middle of formatting your first manuscript, this post may be of use to you!

For print versions, I keep costs down by not wasting precious pages on something the reader won’t use. However, printed technical manuals, textbooks, and cookbooks must include a TOC. In print books, every…

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Throwback Post: These Are Not Rules of Fantasy

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2015 at 8:49 pm

Legends of Windemere

I’m drawing out a popular post from July 4, 2014.  I’m still standing by this, but a year hasn’t even passed.  As usual, I don’t edit these when I put them back up for another look.  I might be doing this more because I’m tired and my brain can’t think of anything else to talk about.  Feel free to do this for your own genre or writing style or whatever.

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A big headache for genre writing is that nearly every reader has their own set of rules about how that genre should work.  They have their favorite authors and all others get compared to those ‘elite’.  Any deviation is met with disagreement or outright rage because god forbid you have two fantasy authors who take different approaches to the genre.  So I’m going to have a little fun here and go over a few rules that have been hurled…

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Vampire Syndrome Book Trailer

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2015 at 8:23 pm

Vampire Syndrome Blog

Here’s the first book trailer for Vampire Syndrome. An old-school creepy Halloween feel!

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Why Reading Fiction is Smart — Especially if You Write

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2015 at 8:21 pm

Nina Munteanu Writing Coach

misty mounteinsWhen a friend of mine asked me recently what book changed my life, I didn’t have to think too far. Two books came to mind instantly, both novels: Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury and Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. Two very different books, genres, time periods and subject matter. Yet they held in common superlative storytelling, incredible sensuality, and stirring use of metaphor. Bradbury’s simple yet powerful prose held humanity’s most vulnerable traits at close scrutiny, stirring me with the stories of ordinary people journeying into extraordinary places. Hardy’s lyrical and evocative prose entranced me with stories of extraordinary people journeying in ordinary places.

Of course there were many other books and authors who’d influenced me greatly, but these two particularly made me want to be a writer and move people as they had moved me.

A recent discussion with one of my writing students got…

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Real Editors Give Writing Advice

In Uncategorized on February 6, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Madeleine Swann

Merry morn to you all! Although, it’s probably not morning where you are. And maybe not so merry. But it will be merry with all these lovely advice videos I handpicked just for you!

Without further ado, the first one is called The Top 5 Mistakes Amateur Writers Make

This one is a crazy length (about an hour and a half) but just pretend you’re at a college lecture – Writing Tips And Advice From Lovecraft Ezine Editor Mike Davis

This one is from a friend of the ‘vlogbrothers’, who are two professional writers who also make videos. It’s called Dare To Suck

This one is called Writing for Magazines: Top Tips by Freelance Writer Linda Formichelli and Editor Laura Pepper Wu

This is from the same channel, called: What a literary agent wants! With Rachelle Gardner

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In Uncategorized on February 6, 2015 at 9:01 pm

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4 of a kind

by Carla Douglas and Corina Koch MacLeod
@CarlaJDouglas     @ckmacleodwriter

What’s your self-pub personality type? That’s right—there’s more than one!

Maybe you see yourself as one of a kind, and therefore you won’t be thrilled to be lumped into a category with others. On the other hand, you might see yourself as a member of a tribe. Your common traits and goals help establish your identity, and you won’t like the idea of being placed in a sub-group.

As editors, we’ve had the opportunity to work and interact with a variety of self-pubs. And over time, we’ve identified some distinct self-publishing styles and approaches. Below, we’ve narrowed our findings to four self-pub personality types.

Take our quiz to find out what kind of self-pub you are.

Note: Results may vary! You…

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