All posts by Andy Peloquin

How to Avoid the Curse of Overwriting

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

Author Obstacles: A Blessing or a Curse?

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

How to Learn and Grow From Each Editor

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,

What Makes Fantasy Different from Sci-Fi

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

How to Start A New Series

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

Backstory Done Right

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

What is a Synopsis & What Do Publishers Mean When They Ask for One?

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

Your Media Kit: Five Minutes of Work Can Make Bloggers Love You

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

%d bloggers like this: