Book Review March 17

https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Book-Blurbs-Synopses-manuscript-ebook/dp/B01JT0FHVS

What comes next after a great cover?

A powerful blurb to bait the reader to download the sample chapter or to hit the buy button. 

Some indie authors struggle, how to write the powerful blurb to lure the reader. With so many novels on the market it is a reader’s paradise, and a nightmare for the indie author.

So many boring blurbs on the market that explained the whole novel’s plot. Then, there are enticing blurbs that grab the readers by their throats to buy the novels.

What to do?

I’ve been struggling how to write a blurb. It’s tough. How does an author who has a powerful story, then writes an exciting blurb to entice the reader? Without giving the whole plot away? 

In my struggle to write a powerful blurb as anything I do, I research. I discovered a book on ‘Writing Book Blurbs and Synopses: How to sell your manuscript to publishers and your indie book to readers’ by Rayne Hall.

I enjoyed reading her book, and that’s something I can’t say too often about dry reading. I loved Hall’s straightforwardness about the subject matter. She shared her experiences as a writer and editor; that I found helpful and insightful too.

The first part of the book explains how to write a synopsis. She suggests to the indie author it is a good exercise to discover what your story is about. I agree. While reading her book, I pondered on my projects in development. If I understood the core of my story better that would help me to write a great blurb too.

There are a two chapters on the pitch: I learned it is a good idea to have a pitch ready when somebody asks me what’s your book about? I’ve a quick blurb to discuss in the conversation and move on to the next topic.

The last part of the book is about the blurb, Hall explains what works and what doesn’t in easy terms based on her experiences. The one thing, I learned what blurbs needs is emotions to make the reader to give up time and money to read the story. For the novels that I’m currently reading has great covers and blurbs pack with emotions. 

Hall’s book is worth the investment of time and money which is only available on Amazon and Unlimited Kindle. I would like to hear your thoughts too. So, drop me a line or two in the comments below.

March

Hello,

I hope everyone is doing good. They say March can roar like a lion. March has roared over my writing schedule and throw it out of the window. Life has struck.

The past few weeks, I’ve been dealing with an ear infection and now, my kitty is sick, and each passing day my work is getting behind. A writer’s life that I signed up for and I’ll get back on track soon.

Since writing has halted, I’ve been studying my manuscript I had written in January. It is a mess with missing plot holes and other things making the nightmare becoming worse.

Why am I telling you this? 

Once the rewriting and editing stage begins, you’ll see the real story on screen or paper bites at you. That’s what has happened to me. Reality has struck me with a huge hammer on my head and deflated my ego too.

Is it hard to see my manuscript in a new light? 

Yes, it is devastating. When I was writing it, I was going to need subplots to push the plot forward. During the first draft, I wanted to focus on my main characters and I did. I have their relationship the way I want it. The story needs to be fleshed out, certain ideas need to be explained, and part of the writing process to discover all the ugly parts of the story.

The requirement to produce a grand story for the reader to enjoy. 

I hope this helps you to understand that all writers face road bumps to produce a quality story. 

Keep on writing, 

Alexandra

Studio interview with Lady Dana from Deadman’s Planet: Lady Dana of the Badlands 

Today special guest in the studio is Lady Dana. You may know her from Deadman’s Planet: Lady Dana of the Badlands. Let me say, she’s one of the baddest teenagers in the Badlands, tough as nai…

Source: Studio interview with Lady Dana from Deadman’s Planet: Lady Dana of the Badlands 

Studio interview with Lady Dana from Deadman’s Planet: Lady Dana of the Badlands 

Today special guest in the studio is Lady Dana. You may know her from Deadman’s Planet: Lady Dana of the Badlands. Let me say, she’s one of the baddest teenagers in the Badlands, tough as nails too, and one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. Please, give us a warm welcome to Lady Dana.

The audience roars and claps as Lady Dana walks as her stride announces confidence with a light blue dress that flutters around her. Her dark hair pulled back in a French braid, she waves to the audience with a huge grin that lights up her face. She sits in a plush chair; the audience continues to cheer for her.

“Wow! What a welcome,” Dana says excitedly.

“You’re a very popular young lady, Lady Dana,” the interviewer states.

“Please, call me Dana. Lady is part of my job title, for working for the council.”

“Fair enough, Dana. Let me say, I read the first episode of the Deadman’s Planet: Lady Dana of the Badlands. It was amazing. You’re a tough teenager with a sweet side you keep hidden. Why?”

“First off, thank you for your compliment. I was warned you were tough too.” Dana pauses. “I worked for my mother who runs the council. No matter what planet I live on people are people dealing with misconceptions and biases against me. I learned from the start I had to enforce the law. Boy… I sound like my dad.” She giggles.

“Our parents influence our lives in different ways. Are you close to your father?”

Dana taps her fingers on the armrest to conceal her nervousness. “Yes, I would like to think so. But, it’s hard when my dad is a freedom fighter. He’s gone a lot.”

“Isn’t he the commander of a fleet?”

“Yes. With the war against the Sun Empire keeps him away from home. I’m worried about my brother, Chad needs our father more since he is quickly becoming a teenager. He will be a hand full.”

“I thought it was interesting that you consider the Badlands your home. I mean, how anyone makes a home in such a barren and harsh desert planet in the blazing sun.”

“Well, living on Deadman’s Planet is tough and to thrive a person has to be tougher than the planet. But the politics are even more deadly.”

“Really? How so?”

“Living on a planet that has non-existing resources and a small war could easily erupt in the village or at the homesteads. My mother has stopped a number of incidents from developing.”

“I understand why you are so tough. Let’s discuss the Life Domes and the Recruiter, Seth.”

“I can’t discuss Seth. My gut tells me he’s up to no good, and on my wanted list,” Dana says with an anger tone in her voice.

“You heard it first, folks. There will be a battle between Dana and Seth. I hope we learn more in the next episode what happens with Seth.”

“More like a war. I’ll win,” Dana states.

The audience cheers.

“What was your reaction when you and your family first arrived at Deadman’s Planet?”

“I hated it! Nothing but waves of sands that invades everything. With simple things become major pleasures. My family’s dwelling unit was cramped I couldn’t turn around without hitting something or someone.”

“What changed your mind?”

“A kind woman taking me under her wing and taught me how to thrive on Deadman’s Planet. Her loved and teachings changed my views. My family moved to our homestead to work the mines. Things improved.”

“Why did your mother bring you and your siblings to the planet?”

“My mom wanted us to grow up on Deadman’s Planet instead of a ship. The best resources are the rare materials lies underneath the sand providing a decent income.” 

“Have you thought about your future?”

“Not really. Sounds strange. My mom is a political leader and my dad a high ranking commander in the fleet. I haven’t thought about it. Though, my parents top priority is education. I guess, I’ve been busy existing there hasn’t been much time to think about my future.”

“My last question, do you want to get married?”

“Maybe. If I want children, I would have to leave my home because of the alien sand. The Badlands is my home.”

“Dana, our time has ran out. You’ve been an intriguing guest, I hope you will return to the Studio.”

“Thank you. I look forward to our next visit,” Dana says.

The lights fade.

Feb 3, 2017

I read an awesome book on fiction writing about writing deep scenes that engage the reader to keep reading. Many things I learned about scenes that it was mind blowing. It has me thinking about my first draft.

The book I read was called, “Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, and Theme.

A must-have for every writer!

The book expanded my thinking about a scene’s role in the story. Before, I thought a scene’s purpose shoved the story along until the end.

There are 15 different scenes and each scene can play an important part in the story. The book explains how to use a scene in the story. With the five Energetic Markers. I love the book explained the concepts in a crisp and clear way by using examples from popular novels.

I thought was helpful that the authors took their time at the end of the book to explain the theme. With wonderful suggestions and tips how to discover themes in my revision drafts. 

This book is worth reading and the time to study the concepts.
https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Deep-Scenes-Plotting-Through