A great resource for authors

Chris the Story Reading Ape is a veritable goldmine of resources for authors. There are tons of things to check out and see. It’s actually really incredible and resources keep adding every day.


Here’s one of the very many, it’s a How To 101 page, it has everything from Writing Tips to Blogging tips, to Social Media. Tons of links with resources.

HOW TO 101:



How to Publish an Ebook: Resources for Authors…

Absolutely a must read for authors who are trying to get epublished. Not an easy process and definitely, this post with its great repertoire of links is a great help. Thanks again for Chris sharing this wonderful resource!

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Article by Jane Friedman, on her site:

About the only thing that remains constant in ebook publishing is that it changes—everything from the services to marketing strategies.

Here, I regularly update best resources I know of related to learning to publish an ebook, finding the right e-publishing distributors and services, and staying on top of changes in the industry.

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Pay-It-Forward-Friday: Gene’O

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple of pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

My focus today is Gene’O, a blogger, writer and photographer just to name a few. He also happens to have a M.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Creative English. He’s also one of those people I’ve mentioned above.


Gene’O describes himself as a: “Compulsive writer, amateur photographer, and blogaholic.”

He’s is a contributor to several fantastic websites:







He also runs his own site and is active on other media:

(just Gene'O)

(just Gene’O)


pinterest for Bloggers


stubleupon for Bloggers

His sites are filled with goodies like incredible photographs, writing resources, great posts, helpful tips for Social Media and more. I follow them and the day doesn’t go by when I don’t find something worthwhile on them. Why not check them out?


Blogging tips

A new gaggle of helpful links about blogging. Hope these are helpful to you!

This one is a do and don’t for Twitter. 5 suggestions of what to do and what to avoid. I found it helpful because it’s written in plain language and has some common sense ideas that I thought were great. See if you agree. A big thank you to  for the great post!

Here‘s a great post on 10 things to know before you start blogging…and maybe even after you’ve started! A huge thank you to Marc Andre for the great post on Twelveskip. By the way, this is a great blog to have as a resource, check out their blogging tips page here.

If you’re already blogging, here‘s one on how to increase traffic by Marcus TaylorA fantastic post by a great site for resources, problogger.

This one is focused on free marketing resources, imaging resources, tools, technical resources, and others. All Free. A huge thank you for that awesome list to Beafreelanceblogger.

If you’re still looking for blogging resources, here‘s another site full of them, CrafterMinds. Awesome list of great ideas, resources and tips.

Essential tools for writers

I’d like to pass this link of 20 essential tools for writers. I didn’t know a lot of them…but I knew Scrivener. I love Scrivener (In fact, I don’t think love covers it).

Katelyn Piontek certainly did her research to find these and she’s added what’s good about each one so you can scan the list and save time.

For me, I loved that Scrivener made the list as number 6. It’s just awesome. But there are some beauties in there I didn’t know about. I’ll have to check them and see. My hope is you find one as well!

P.S. Click on the logo to go to the site.

Indie Publishing tips

I found a couple of great sites for indie publishers.

This one is by Joel Friedlander. It has not only won awards, it has resources on learning from others, on Social Media, on the pros and cons of indie publishing and more. Check it out here.

This one is by CJ Lyons has a ton of resources. Everything from cover art, to a tool box, to 4 pitfalls to avoid. Check it out here.

Jane Friedman has a great page on resources. From getting started and fighting self-doubt to News and trends. Check it out here.

Wise Ink blog has a great page full of resources for indie authors. Check it out here.

Hope these help! 🙂

Writing good dialogue

I’ve been told I write good dialogue. This might have gone to my head. I think I need a bit of humble pie, which I’m sure Karma will provide any day now in the form of a scathing review.

Still, I follow some rules for writing dialogue.

The first thing I did is tape a conversation and read it. I thought it’d be realistic and awesome…The reality was a bit of a shock. Real-Life conversations are awful. We repeat ourselves, we go in circles, we go off topic…it makes for frustrating and very boring reading.

What works for me is to try and keep the ‘flavour’ of the character who’s talking. Joe doesn’t say: hello. He says: Hey, chickie, what’s shaking? It also helps me to add humour. I’ll give a snobbish character a coughing fit while they’re trying to maintain their dignity or I’ll create a character who loves to be heard and then deny them that wish.

But, here is what works for the Greats:




Looking for reviews?

I’m always looking for reviews. A reviewer is not easy to find. An available one is even harder.

I have good news. I found an available reviewer. http://readwithdiane.blogspot.ca. She’s looking for books to review and is also incredibly kind. I say that because she’ll only post your review in Amazon if it gets 4 or 5 stars.

In her own words:

” I will write a review and publish it, promote it, etc. if it is 4 or 5 star.  If it is not, then I will still write the review but only submit it to you via email.  I will never negatively speak about an author’s work on my website.   Author bashing is not my style and never will be.”

As always, I’ll add this to the Resouces page. Hope this helps! 🙂

Little blog, big resources

I love finding resources online. I’m a blogger and a writer and, to do those well, I need resources, tips, how-to’s and suggestions. That requires finding and reading great blogs. It also requires luck finding them in the first place.

I got lucky finding this blog. It’s http://joinvedahorner.com/. Her blog is both incredibly professional and full of resources. Like what? Well, like blogging tips and this great one for tags: http://joinvedahorner.com/2013/12/26/how-tags-and-categories-will-get-your-blog-read-by-other-wordpress-com-users/. Veda also has marketing tools and strategies. http://joinvedahorner.com/category/online-marketing-tips/

She’s also incredibly positive. She has posts on the power of positive thinking and the idea that we get back what we give away. I know that might not be everyone’s cup of tea and I honestly respect that. Personally, I’m all for it.

Veda used to be a vet tech and now lives in Ontario with a little jack russell.  Her goal is to help others. Isn’t that awesome? I love blogs like that. I, for one, can use all the help she can send my way.

Now, if you found an amazing blog full of resources you don’t mind sharing with this blogger, let me know! We’ll spread the word and benefit everyone involved! 🙂

For authors: plotting tips

You might have a great idea and fantastic characters, but there has to be a plot in there or all you get is a series of events.

I’m a new author and, though I’d like to think that I can write semi-decently, I have trouble with my plots. I usually have an idea for a book, I know how to start and I know what the crisis will be. It’s the middle that tends to…well, sag. Between happy status quo and crisis, what happens?

Well, I found a great post to help me with my plotting issues. First, it explains what a plot should look like in very simple language (I like simple). It splits up the plot into 10 steps that every book should have and they’re very clear. I read it and a light just went off. If I had this as a skeleton for my ideas, I’d be so set! So, I thought I’d share it. Here’s the link:http://www.novel-writing-help.com/how-to-plot-a-novel.html

But my issue is the saggy middle…well, it so happens that’s what this new post on the same blog is about. And, apparently, it’s an issue for new writers (ahem). The author is Harvey Chapman and he explains (again really clearly) how to avoid that saggy, dull middle. Turns out, what you need are mini-plots that connect. He explains it much better, though. Here’s the link: http://www.novel-writing-help.com/plotting-the-novel.html.

But, if these didn’t do it for you, I found some others that might!

The one I liked the most is this one by Annie Neugebauer. She has a Novel Plotting Worksheet that has prompts and you just answer the questions and, voila!, you have a plot! http://annieneugebauer.com/the-organized-writer-2/novel-plotting-worksheets/

Simon Haynes has a great concept with his version (and he even has diagrams!). http://www.spacejock.com.au/PlottingANovel.html

Then I also found these two in less steps than my original 10.

http://thisblogisaploy.blogspot.ca/2011/09/how-i-plot-novel-in-5-steps.html By Rachel Aaron, how to plot in 5 steps.

http://www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com/plot-outline.html. By Glen C. Strathy. He uses 8 easy steps to get the job done.

I’ll add these to the Resources page!