Author: Andy Peloquin

How to Avoid OVERbuilding a World
May 29, 2017 Writing Advice Andy Peloquin

One of my very favorite parts of being a fantasy writer is being able to build my own worlds. I get to design my own cities, economies, religions, political structures, empires, and more. The thing I enjoyed most about writing my first novel (Blade of the Destroyer) was following my main character on his tour
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How to Avoid the Curse of Overwriting
May 4, 2017 Writing Advice Andy Peloquin

Oh, boy, talk about a tough subject! Just when I think my writing has been trimmed down to the bare minimum, my critiquers/beta readers/editors point out some unnecessary adverb, preposition, or even sentence. Overwriting is the enemy that all writers will be battling for the rest of their lives. It’s close to impossible to eliminate
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Author Obstacles: A Blessing or a Curse?
March 31, 2017 Writing Advice Andy Peloquin

Ask any author what’s stopping them from writing more novels, novellas, short stories, or poetry, and you’ll get a wide assortment of answers! Here are some of the most common answers: I have to work a day job to pay the bills while I’m building up my author platform. I don’t have the money to
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How to Learn and Grow From Each Editor
March 17, 2017 Writing Advice Andy Peloquin

I’ve heard a lot of my fellow author friends talking about their editing process, and how much they DREAD getting their manuscript back from their editor. I can understand that—after all, there are few things more daunting than seeing page after page of corrections, mistakes, and edits. It’s enough to make anyone feel like quitting!
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What Makes Fantasy Different from Sci-Fi
February 2, 2017 Writing Advice Andy Peloquin

Fantasy and science fiction are both members of the “speculative fiction” genre (and my personal favorites). On the face of it, there couldn’t be two more different genres. One is all about space battles and aliens and futuristic technology, while the other is about medieval battles and mythical creatures and magic. But, if you look
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How to Start A New Series
January 5, 2017 Writing Advice Andy Peloquin

There are very few things more intimidating than starting over! I’ve found myself wrestling with this recently. I’ve got 4 out of 6 books of my current series written, and the next two will be completed by mid-2018. Thus, I am forced to confront the looming question of “what next?” In my current series, I
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Backstory Done Right
December 1, 2016 Writing Advice Andy Peloquin

Everyone has a backstory! Every new character is introduced at a particular point in their lives: their childhood, teen years, or even well into their adults. All the important parts of the book/story happen AFTER they’re introduced, but you need to know about their backstory in order to understand who they are, where they’ve come
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What is a Synopsis & What Do Publishers Mean When They Ask for One?
November 3, 2016 Writing Advice Andy Peloquin

When you submit your work to a publisher, they will usually ask for the first few pages or chapters (each publisher has their own standard). This is to give them an idea of whether or not they believe the material is something they feel they can publish and promote. If they like your work, they’re
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Your Media Kit: Five Minutes of Work Can Make Bloggers Love You
September 10, 2016 Special Feature,Writing Advice Andy Peloquin

If you’re gearing up for a big book launch (congrats on that!), no doubt you’re shooting out hundreds of emails to book bloggers and reviewers hoping to set up book reviews, guest posts, author interviews, and promo posts. I’m willing to bet that 95% of bloggers are going to ask you for a Media Kit.
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