Hello Friends! I’m so excited to have on the blog today a fun chat I did with James L. Rubart (Jim!) on a few insights on how to pitch and sell your novel. This is just a tidbit of all the great info offered on his new Video Seminar – How to Pitch and Sell your Novel! Get it this week only on sale for $19.99!!
Have a great writing week! Go write something brilliant!
I love writing historical novels. I love diving into the research of the era. I do crazy things like get dressed in the right attire, and listen to music from the area. It’s so important to get it right.
I wanted to quickly give you 5 tips on writing a great historical. It’s all about knowing your Era!
Get books and articles written in the era to understand the lingo, the culture concerns, the political issues. You need to get your head in the mind of your character by diving into that era.
Rent movies and read books set in this era! You can’t always rely on other people’s research, but you can get ideas to confirm later on.
Read biographies about people set in this time. It’s another great way to get in the head of your character.
Visit – either in person or virtually the area you are setting the story so you can understand the world of your character.
Listen to the music of the time. It’s a great way to really get into your character.
I had a great time writing Duchess, my newest novel set in 1930’s Hollywood. I researched it with my buddy James Scott Bell, who is the perfect Hollywood tour guide. The book comes out soon, and in celebration THIS WEEK ONLY…
Get Heiress, book ONE for FREE on Kindle! Click HERE!
We are fans of romance here at My Book Therapy, and to celebrate this day of love and relationships, find below the replay of our Share the Love Webinar! 5 Romance authors talk about their 5 secrets of writing a romance. Watch the video, download the audio, or read the show notes. And, for ONE Day only, (Today!) You can take advantage of the MBT Premium Member discount. Check it out here: http://mbtbirthdayoffer.mybooktherapy.com
Hello Friends and welcome to our new Monday series – Writer Q & A with Susie May (okay, I thought the rhyme was fun, I admit it). But this year I’m answering the hundreds of questions we get every year at MBT – trying to help you figure out this writing journey.
This week’s question is:
Should I write a story based on real life…or should I make it up? Great question, and we talk about the difference of Memoirs and Novels in this short video. Hope you enjoy it -and should you have any questions about the writing life, email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org! We’ll do our best to answer them.
Would you prefer to listen to this on your MP3? Here you go!
Pat Trainum says, "I am an MBT Premium member, and I wouldn’t give it up for anything. In September, an editor requested a proposal for a romance. Never thought about writing a romance. I immediately went to the MBT Locker Room and researched the Library for articles on writing romances. In August I started out with an idea. The library and the MBT Kiss and Tell workbook provided the help I needed, and in December I wrote The End and sent it off. I also utilize the webinars and Peptalks by Susie and Rachel. Mini-conferences every month!"
Pat's book, Shadows of the Past is first of a three-book series from Revell due out February, 2014
Words from MBT Premium Member Pat Trainum
Kimberly Buckner says, "I like the Thursday live chats. They focus not just on how to write, but how to write better. It's a good chance to refresh on topics I've previously studied, or see examples of
Kimberly Buckner talks about MBT
how the experts would handle the tough parts of a manuscript. I also enjoy the daily blog for everything from interviews with heroes, to Reba's encouragement. I don't know how she always says just the right thing, but she does. She must be real tight with Big G. The checklists are great too, since I may not need to fine tune Storyworld right this second, but I will eventually, and I know where I can go for resources. And the retreat discounts are pretty solid."
Kimberly won the Touched by Love contest with her second manuscript, written after joining MBT. She is on her 3rd manuscript.