Monthly Archives: March 2013

New to Book Country? Start here.

Posted by March 29th, 2013

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A quick and dirty guide about workshopping your book on Book Country and getting the most out of it.

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You’re writing genre fiction. You activated your Book Country account, filled out your profile information complete with an inviting picture, and uploaded your manuscript. You went over to the Introduce Yourself area on the discussion forums and said hi.

So, now what? Keep on reading. We’ll show you how to get involved in the community and get your book out there.

Before everyone can see your manuscript, you need to read and review three other books on Book Country. If you’re not that experienced at critiquing, this may seem intimidating, but don’t worry! Here are a few pointers to get you started on Book Country.

How to write reviews

Apply the golden rule to writing reviews: “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Provide the level of detail and use the tone of voice you hope to receive from others. Be as specific about your feedback as you can. Refer to scenes, passages, and sentences from the book; make it easy for the writer to understand and act upon your comments and criticisms. These are all works in progress: writers are here to hone their craft, so they want real feedback to make real progress. Find the balance between constructive and honest.

If you want to see some examples of what good reviews look like, go to the Top Peer Reviewers tab and look at some of these folks’ reviews.

Even if you’re not an experienced reviewer, keep this in mind: you are a voracious reader in a certain genre. A writer who wants to be successful in that genre will find your insight immensely valuable. Trust me.

People sometimes ask me if they need to read an entire project uploaded to write a review. Not always. If a writer uploaded a full-length novel, it’s understandable if you don’t have the time to read it. Read enough to get a sense of the characters, the writing style, and the criteria the writer requested. In your review, mention that it’s based on the first “x” chapters so the writer isn’t confused.

Remember, a peer review is just that: honest feedback from another fellow writer.

How to rate books

Star ratings are not a reflection of how much you like or dislike a book. Ratings show the readiness of a manuscript for publication. Think of them as a scale of rough draft to final draft.

Here are the “official” Book Country ratings*:

1 star   — piece needs significant redrafting as well as reconceptualization
2 stars — piece needs several more drafts and maybe some reconceptualization
3 stars — piece needs significant revision, perhaps another draft
4 stars — piece needs some editing and minor revisions
5 stars — piece is publication-ready: you’re a star!

*One of our members, Herb Mallette, who also writes great reviews, articulated our thoughts about the ratings. Thanks, Herb!

About ratings

Not all ratings on the site are created equal. The more “thumbs up” a reviewer gets from other members, the more that member’s ratings will count toward a book’s overall rating. We’ve done that to reward helpful reviewers and make sure the quality of the review is taken into account. So if you see a review that you think is well-written and deserves kudos, thumb it up! This way the awesome peer reviewer’s opinion will weigh more than that of other reviewers who might not be as helpful.

How to get reviews

You’ve completed your three reviews, and you’re ready to share your manuscript.

First, make sure your Book Details page is in good shape. You’ll get more readers by providing a solid synopsis of your book. Think of it as the book jacket copy of a published novel. A well-written synopsis is the #1 way I personally decide which books to read. If you’re looking for specific feedback or you want to relay something to your readers, mention that in The Author’s Note.

Okay, ready? Click the “post” button to make your book visible. Now share the news with the community. Every Genre Talk forum contains a thread for new projects. If you’re a fantasy writer, go over to the fantasy topic and drop a line in the Have a new fantasy project on Book Country? Need readers? Share here! thread to let other people know that you are new to the site and would love some feedback. Include a link to your book so that it’s easy for people to find it. Get the word out on Facebook and Twitter—it’s the first step toward building an audience. Tweet a casual announcement about your new book or draft using the #readbookcountry hashtag to welcome readers and their input.

Talk to people on the site! That’s what the “community” part of Book Country is all about. Participate in discussions and write good reviews—it’s how you’ll get members to want to get to know you as a writer.

That’s it! Are you ready for some feedback? Take a deep breath.

How to read and use peer reviews

You’ve gotten a message the first review of your book is live. It feels strange and kind of surreal to see a stranger writing about your book. You scan every word and punctuation mark for the underlying message, “You’re bad! Your book sucks.” Nah, that’s just your insecurity talking. You’ll be fine. Give the review a read through and pat yourself on the back for putting yourself out there and letting other people dissect your work. I know there will be compliments there with the criticism.

It’s common courtesy to thank your reviewer in the comments section under their review, even if you’re not enamored with the opinions they expressed. They donated their time to read and write about your book, so it’s nice to acknowledge their efforts. If there is something you didn’t quite understand about their feedback, feel free to ask for clarification by commenting under the review. That’s how you’ll make new friends, too!

Be gracious about the feedback you receive. You want to be an author. You need to grow a thick skin and let things roll off your back. If the review was mean-spirited, find a way to say thank you anyways and let the reviewer know you didn’t appreciate the tone in which the review was given. If the reviewer actually insulted you, there are report buttons on every page—use them! Or let us know by emailing us at info@bookcountry.com.

You’ve gotten a few reviews. Now what to do about all the great feedback you’ve received? Book Country members approach that in different ways. To quote one of our members, GD Deckard, “You could save yourself time if you pay the most attention to the criticism you most dislike.” So ask yourself: does the feedback feel true to you? Is it something you’ve been ignoring? Or does it take you in a direction that’s not where you want to go?

Often, if you hear the same theme in multiple reviews, your readers are picking up something you may have missed. Pay attention to that. If, after careful deliberation, you disagree with the feedback, that’s okay too. At the end of the day, it’s your book.

Further reading for brand-new members

I’ve covered the basics. If you want to keep reading about how things get done around here, this is a compilation of great posts that will steer you in the right direction:

  • Our Community Guidelines
  • Our Privacy Policy
  • Member RJBlain talks about how she does reviews
  • Former Book Country editorial coordinator Danielle Poiesz explains how she writes reviews/uses star ratings
  • Member GD Deckard discusses how he uses reviews in revising his work

More questions? Ask us on Twitter at @BookCountry or email me personally at nevena@bookcountry.com.

 

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Member Spotlight: Meet Writer Angela Martello

Posted by March 25th, 2013

Book Country Member Q&A

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“If I go several days without creating something, I feel incomplete.” –Angela Martello

Angela Martello is a science fiction writer from Philadelphia who’s been working in the science and medical publishing sphere for more than twenty years. The name of her dog, Ben, is also the name of the protagonist from her Kaliphian Matter trilogy, the first and second of which you can read and review on Book Country. I’ve come to know Angela as a voice of reason, and I’m really excited to welcome her to the spotlight.

Nevena: Thanks for joining me, Angela. When did you start writing?

Angela: I wrote a children’s book, complete with illustrations, when I was in high school for my sophomore year English class (even tried to get it published). That’s the earliest project I can remember, but I think I was writing as far back as grade school.

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Stephen King’s No-Adverbs Rule

Posted by March 22nd, 2013

How adverbs lead to affectation and weakness in your writing.

stephen_king_sm“…while to write adverbs is human, to write he said or she said is divine.” –Stephen King

Stephen King’s On Writing is one of the most popular books on the craft of writing. And with good reason: it is chock full of practical writing advice and curious anecdotes about King’s own path to publication.

Adverbs are a sign of a timid writer

What amused me when I read it recently was the author’s utter disdain for adverbs. He starts with a grammar refresher:

Adverbs, you will remember from your own version of Business English, are words that modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. They’re the ones that usually end in -ly. Adverbs, like the passive voice, seem to have been created with the timid writer in mind. … With adverbs, the writer usually tells us he or she is afraid he/she isn’t expressing himself/herself clearly, that he or she is not getting the point or the picture across.

Here it gets even better:

Someone out there is accusing me of being tiresome and anal-retentive. I deny it. I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. To put it another way, they’re like dandelions. If you have one on your lawn, it looks pretty and unique. If you fail to root it out, you find five the next day…fifty the day after that…and then, my brothers and sisters, your loan is totally, completely and profligately covered with dandelions. By then you see them for the weeds they are, but by then it’s–GASP!!—too late.

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Adverbs in dialogue attribution ends in affectation

There is one case in which King just hates adverbs: dialogue attribution. He invites us to compare the following sets of examples:

“Put it down!” she shouted.
“Give it back,” he pleaded, “it’s mine.”
“Don’t be such a fool, Jekyll,” Utterson said.

In these sentences, shoutedpleaded, and said are verbs of dialogue attribution. Now look at these dubious revisions:

“Put it down!” she shouted menacingly.
“Give it back,” he pleaded abjectly, “it’s mine.”
“Don’t be such a fool, Jekyll,” Utterson said contemptuously.

But even if you’re not guilty of populating your dialogue with adverbs, he warns us against another common misdemeanor:

Some writers try to avoid the no-adverb rule by shooting up the attribution verb full of steroids. 

Which leads to atrocities such as these:

“Put down the gun, Utterson!” Jekyll grated.
“Never stop kissing me!” Shayna gasped.
“You damned tease!” Bill jerked out.

King concludes:

Good writing is about letting go of fear and affectation. Affectation itself, beginning with the need to define some sorts of writing as “good” and other sorts as “bad,” is fearful behavior. Good writing is also about making good choices when it comes to picking the tools you plan to work with. 

The bestselling author is a proponent of William Strunk and E.B. White’s simplicity of expression school. If you’ve read their slim volume The Elements of Style, you probably have the incantation “Omit needless words” branded into your memory.

Flowery language, or overwriting, is a challenge for newbie and seasoned writers alike. Spurred on by fear, they try to dazzle readers with verbal fireworks, and might forget that what’s more important that using a “pretty” word is using the “right” one.

A Confession:

I must admit I’ve been guilty of overwriting.

My sin is called qualifiers.

Qualifiers are words—many of them adverbs—that modify the meaning of other words. I wasn’t aware of my problem until one of my colleagues read a piece I had written. She said, “You use a whole lot of qualifiers, and it makes your points weaker.”

Ouch! I reread it and realized that she was right: my writing was peppered with “rather,” “somewhat,” and “quite,” “completely,” “actually,” and “seemingly.” They made my ideas sound tentative, as if I didn’t believe in my own assertions.

These words are an old habit from my academic days, where this kind of “hedging” language is widely accepted. Outside of academia, qualifiers lead to weak, lackluster, and hesitant writing. And I’m determined to weed them out.

What about you? Do you have a writing tic or thorn? What tendencies are you trying to exterminate? 

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Meet Writer LeeAnna Holt

Posted by March 18th, 2013

Book Country Member Q&A

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“[W]riting is work. Hard work. You will love it, hate it, and bitch about it; but if you keep going, you truly love to write.” –LeeAnna Holt

LeeAnna Holt is a fantasy writer from Fairfield, California. She’s currently working on her first novel, the epic fantasy Hands of Ash.

Nevena: Thanks for joining me, LeeAnna. Tell me, when did you start writing?  What keeps you going?

LeeAnna: According to my mother, I started writing before I could even hold a pencil properly. Is she a reliable source? I believe so since she waved one of my old spiral-bound notebooks filled with childish, fake-cursive lines under my nose. It’s written in Crayola.

When I was eighteen, I realized I wasn’t half bad at this writing thing and it could be a plausible career option. I love words. I love books. I love writing. Why not? It wasn’t like I hadn’t been doing it my whole life already.

Then I took a look at my novel I started in high school and said, “Maybe I should take some classes.”

Nevena: How do you fit writing into your life? What do you do when you’re not writing?

LeeAnna: I carry around a notebook so that I can write whenever I get the chance. Now that I’m married and home more often, I have more opportunities to actually sit down and do real work. I don’t have any kids (yet) and I don’t work full time, so I try to sit down for at least a half hour every day to work on writing, editing, or research.

Okay, I lied about not having kids. My hound thinks he’s a seventy-pound furry toddler.

Nevena: Aww. In your bio, you write that “the sci-fi vein has influenced” your work even though you mostly write fantasy. Tell us more about that.

LeeAnna: Ah, science fiction. It becomes engrained in your DNA when you’re raised by a Trekkie whether you like it or not. Before the History Channel, it was always the Sci Fi Channel. Pair that with Disney princess movies and non-fiction historical texts, and at some point I began to wonder what the effect of technology would have on a fairy land, or a land where magic is the major tool. I had yet to find any fantasy that really addressed these issues. So, instead of using planets and spaceships, I decided to place my book in a swords-and-sorcery realm to play with this theme.

As my reading tastes developed, so did the influences on my book. One thing that is consistent is that I’m drawn to writers who have their own distinct voices. It’s what has influenced my writing the most.

Nevena: What are you working on right now?

LeeAnna:  My current WIP, Hands of Ash, is taking up all my time because I want to query it soon. I’ve also started making an outline of its sequel, Ties of Blood and Ink. So far, I’ve planned for my Descendants series to be six books, three installments of two volumes each. I have a vague idea of the main B-plot, the main characters, and the antagonist of each. Still trying to flesh out what the highs and lows will be to make sure I structure them properly.

Nevena: Wow. What have you learned as you’ve created the series?

LeeAnna: That writing is work. Hard work. You will love it, hate it, and bitch about it; but if you keep going, you truly love to write. Like all art, you must continue to learn to improve. You must do it often, every day if you can. I improve with every thousand words I put down. To get my book refined, I still have a lot of editing to do.

But I chug along because I am determined.

Nevena: That’s the spirit. Do you have any writing quirks?

LeeAnna: I use a typewriter and can only write and edit in a linear fashion. Bouncing around the story only confuses me, especially since I do a lot of pre-planning. And most of my pre-planning is in my head. I don’t keep a lot of notes. That is probably why I can only write linearly.

Nevena: What’s the hardest part about being a writer?

LeeAnna: Working for long hours with distractions like the internet, my dog, TV, and video games. I even procrastinate with chores. I know writing is work, but sometimes it feels like an indulgence since “nothing” is getting done. Eliminating distractions and unnecessary guilt is definitely hard.

Nevena: Why are you a Book Country member?

LeeAnna: I learned about Book Country from my writing professor when it went into open beta. He thought it would be good for those of us who use the crutch of genre in our writing. (Don’t worry. He was supportive of our efforts.) I’m glad I joined because it’s the one place I’ve found valuable advice for my work. No ego stroking, just what a writer looking to improve needs. Oh, and all the regulars are pretty nice.

Nevena: Hehe, I think so, too. What should the community know about you that they don’t already?

LeeAnna: My husband complains that I can’t turn off. Movies, TV, books, and video games are all subjected to my writerly brain. He says it’s a bit like living with Sherlock. I say the wrong thing and end up offending everyone because my powers of comprehension are just too strong. Like that time I went to see Avatar with him. Good times. Good times.

Nevena: LOL! Thank you for being part of the spotlight, LeeAnna. Happy writing.

Connect with LeeAnna on Book Country. Outside of the Book Country realm, you can find her at her blog, and read her hysterical reviews of the Mortal Instruments urban fantasy books. (Hint: she doesn’t hold them in high regard.) Say hi to her on Twitter, at @blewskymoon.

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Member Spotlight: Meet Writer GD Deckard

Posted by March 11th, 2013

Book Country Member Spotlight Q&A

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“You could save yourself time if you pay the most attention to the criticism you most dislike.” –GD Deckard

GD Deckard is a science fiction writer from Naples, Florida. He’s been writing since he was seventeen years old, has six grandchildren, and happens to be one of the friendliest people on Book Country. In the discussion “How Do You Use Reviews,” he writes something I find quite profound. Admitting how hard it is to take peers’ criticisms of his book, he concludes: “Truth is, it’s my baby, but someday it will have to make a living in this world.” Amen to that.

Nevena: Thank you for being part of the spotlight, GD. Where do you get ideas for your fiction?

GD: The idea for my current project came to me in a series of dreams about a future America in which natural resources have run out. I didn’t dream about calamities, just bits of everyday life. Eating in a cafeteria because, well, that’s where people would eat. Finding a barracks room to stay for the night because that’s where single people would sleep. Feeling intense togetherness at a community event on a school playground, and later disturbing sadness when I realized the school was long abandoned. It never felt like my America in ruins, but inexorably the scenes came together to make a coherent world.

Nevena: What draws you to hard science fiction?

GD: Hard science fiction is the only way to write about an inevitable future world. I set my book at the turn of the next century to allow time for America to need cafeterias to feed everybody. In the story, civilization has already run out of oil in the middle of the century. That’s “fiction” because it happens in the future, and it’s “science” because it’s based on current oil company projections.

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Know Your Vampires

Posted by March 8th, 2013

A glimpse into adult vampire fiction across the urban fantasy and paranormal romance genres.

 vampire_fiction_smAn editor once told me that an understanding of magical creature lore is as important to her as craft when it comes to scouting for new paranormal authors. Writers must know their vampires, werewolves, and shifters inside and out, and how they are represented across famous paranormal titles.

In other words, writers must be expert readers.

You know how prevalent vampires have been for the past decade. Your vampires must build upon existing tropes and conventions, and also offer something new and unexplored.

To lend a hand, here’s a crash course in vampire lore from key urban fantasy and paranormal romance titles.

(Warning: fangs and spoilers ahead.)

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (2001)

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The series that inspired True Blood chronicles the adventures of charming waitress and telepath Sookie Stackhouse. It has set the standard in sexy bloodsuckers. Here, vampires love human blood and exist for hundreds of years, but they no longer have to hide from the world because of Japanese synthetic blood. Vampires still prefer to stick to their own kind; only a few “mainstream” with humans. Many live in nests, where they sleep during the day (they’ll deep-fry if caught in the sun). These vampires have immense physical strength, and many have special abilities such as sharp hearing, flying, and super speed. To become a vampire, a human is drained of blood and fed vampire blood, bringing him or her over to the other side. Vampires tend to be good in the sack—they’ve had centuries to hone their lovemaking skills.

This series draws on the legacy of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, another classic in the vampire genre.

 Dark Lover by J.R. Ward (2005)

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J.R. Ward’s vampire world in Dark Lover couldn’t be more different. The series revolves around the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a group of hunky vampire warriors tasked with protecting their race from the Lessening Society, soulless creatures trying to wipe them out. Vampires here are not “dead” but a different species, and they can’t convert humans through a bite. In their twenties, vampires go through a sort-of puberty when their vampiric nature appears. They get bigger and hotter, and their strength quadruples. Vampires prefer to feed from and mate with their own kind. You got that right—human blood is not as sweet and tantalizing to Ward’s creations. However, male vamps can have children with human women. In the first book, readers meet vampire king Wrath and his beloved, Beth, who’s the half-breed daughter of Wrath’s late friend Darius. Most books in the series revolve around a different “brother” and his romantic interest.

If the leather-clad, motorcycle-gang-like vampires are your type, also check out Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series.

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (2007)

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The Night Huntress series, of which Halfway to the Grave is the first book, gives us vicious vampires whose eyes glow emerald in the heat of action.

Cat, the half-vampire protagonist, is just as “if Buffy and Angel had a daughter”*: a feisty vampire hunter. Because her mother was raped by a freshly-turned vampire, she is trying to kill as many vamps as she can get her hands on. Cat’s mixed lineage is unique since, in this worldview, humans and vampires can’t normally have children. When she meets British vamp and bounty hunter Bones, she needs to accept that not all of his kind are bloodthirsty monsters. Together they kick some bad vampire butt, and star in steamy sex scenes.

If Dead Until Dark fits the urban fantasy genre and Dark Lover the paranormal romance genre, Frost’s book walks a fine line between the two. The attraction between Cat and Bones is too center stage for the novel to be straight urban fantasy. The lack of HEA, or Happily Ever After, at the end of the first installment, means that it can’t be categorized as romance either. As readers continue through the series, they discover more details about the feudalism-like vampire system as well as vampire physiology (e.g., drinking vampire blood makes humans stronger, faster and adds years to their lives). Here, vampires inherit abilities like flying from their makers, but these specific abilities appear as they age.

What about Twilight?

Young adult vamps like those in Twilight abide by a different set of standards. Check out these cornerstone series if you’re writing YA: Vampire Academy, House of Night, and The Vampire Diaries.

Today’s adult fiction vamps are buff, leather-clad, emerald-eyed, often impotent, undead or a different species, and have a thing for human women.

How do your vampires build on these tropes?

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Meet Writer Noelle Pierce

Posted by March 4th, 2013

Book Country Member Spotlight Q&A

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“I can’t imagine not writing.” —Noelle Pierce

Noelle Pierce is a romance writer and psychology professor based in Atlanta. Among her numerous Book Country badges is the prestigious “founding badge”: she joined Book Country in 2011 as a beta-fish. Since then, she’s regaled us with steamy romances and thoughtful discussion contributions. In addition to writing, she loves astronomy (constellations inspire her historical romance series), book cover design, and shoe shopping.

I talked to Noelle about her achievements and struggles as a writer, the romance genre, and the urban fantasy project she’s currently working on.

Nevena: When did you start writing? What inspires you to continue to do so?

Noelle: I’ve always told stories, and adored reading, but never considered writing until 2009 when a story about twins in Regency England came to me. My husband encouraged me to write it, and it was like a secret chamber in my head opened. Now I can’t keep up with all the stories that come to me. Almost four years later, I can’t imagine not writing.

Nevena: That’s awesome. So how do you fit writing into your life? Do you have a day job?

Noelle: My day job plays into my writing well: I’m a part-time, online psychology professor. I can stay up late, or write after the kids go to school. Depends on when my muse decides to cooperate.

Nevena: You’ve written several romance books. What draws you to the genre?

Noelle: I fell in love with fairy tales, and by the time I was eight, I’d read all ofGrimm’s Fairy Tales so much the pages started to fall out. When I was fourteen, I stumbled upon Johanna Lindsey’s books, and never looked back. (And I credit her with my ability to pass World History in high school.) I occasionally read other genres, but for every thriller or suspense or young adult, I read fifteen-twenty romance novels.

Nevena: Chemistry is crucial to crafting a romance novel. Share your writing strategies with us! Do you have a recipe?

Noelle: I wish! My characters talk to me a lot, and tell me what they all about. I’d like to say I plan how well the heroes and heroines match up, but it isn’t always conscious. When it is, I draw on my background in psychology to look at the characters’ needs. Personalities fascinate me, and I love to analyze what draws people together.

Nevena: Very interesting. You write romance, but you recently been exploring other genres. How does your “writerly identity” transform across genres?

Noelle: The majority of what I write has strong romantic elements, no matter the genre. I guess years of reading romance have impacted how I see every story. My voice is another thing that seems to translate across the genres. I’ve got a light, humorous tone to all of my stories.

Nevena: What are you currently working on?

Noelle: My current obsession is an urban fantasy based on Purgatory, with the working title Pride and Purgatory. There are angels and demons and gods, but they are all secondary. The main characters work in Purgatory, escorting souls to one of the seven gates of Heaven or to one of the seven rings of Hell.

Nevena: Sounds interesting. What’s the biggest challenge you had in your writing? How did you overcome it?

Noelle: Just one challenge? I’d have to say editing. I hate editing because I’m more right-brained, while editing takes more left-brain skills. I adore plotting and drafting—the creative side. During the editing phase, I churn out a lot of art (Why no! It not procrastination at all!), so my creativity does feel stifled. Once my creative side is satisfied, I can sit down and look at edits.

Nevena: Why are you a Book Country member? How has it helped you grow as a writer?

Noelle: I’d been a member of another site for writers, but there weren’t a lot of genre romance writers there, so I got a lot of critiques based on rules for other genres or literary fiction. I learned a hellova lot about writing there, but when I saw Colleen tweet about looking for beta users for a community where genre romance would be a focus, I jumped on it. Immediately, I noticed a difference in the types of critiques I was getting—from people who read widely in the genre. The discussion forum on Book Country is another great source of information.

Nevena: I’m happy it’s helpful. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Noelle: “Never think you’re done learning about writing.” While I’ve learned a lot in the last four years, I am always reading blogs and books about writing to find new techniques.

Nevena: What achievements are you most proud of as a writer?

Noelle: First and foremost: finishing a book. I have hobby ADHD, so the fact that I’ve kept with writing as long as I have is a huge achievement, according to my husband. *grin*

Second, after submitting my writing to a number of contests for a couple of years, I finaled in one—my own romance writers’ chapter contest—The Maggie Award for Excellence. My paranormal romance Lightstorm placed second!

Nevena: Way to go, Noelle! Is there anything else you want the community to know about you?

Noelle: The community has opened up a lot of doors for me to pursue my other love: art. I’ve done cover art, Facebook and Twitter backgrounds, and even logos/icons for author branding.

Also, I love shoes. A lot. It’s a fetish, and if DSW had a credit card, I’d be in deeper debt from that than from my graduate student loans.

As far as writing goes, I like to take myths and rework them into my stories.

Keep up with Noelle at her website and follow her on Twitter @noellepierce. Connect with her on Book Country.

 

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