Novel Experiment Day 2 – The trouble with S and hella words

I decided "Hiatus Experiment" doesn't really make sense, ergo "Novel Experiment." Day Two research involved the book Rush by Maya Banks. In contrast to the Rafe MacKade book, the sex was not lukewarm. Nope, not at all. It was hot. Here's my Goodreads Review for Rush. "Pretty well-written. The author believes that manly men say... Continue Reading →

Researching the Novel – Crowdsourcing

When doing research for your book (and I'm talking strictly about fiction), you basically have three choices: Do it yourself, outsource it or crowdsource it. Crowdsourcing is putting a question to a crowd and collecting the answers. It’s best for single questions and not subject matter braindumps. I have solved many technical issues in my... Continue Reading →

B.Y.O.P – Be Your Own Publisher

I've been blogging about my trials and errors in this writing thing for a couple years now. From a post about discovering Kindle Direct Publishing and unearthing a long-lost novel, to crowdfunding a research trip, I've shared the journey with my blog readers. If you've found my writing tips interesting or helpful, I'm collecting them... Continue Reading →

Roswell or Bust! A reader-funded research trip

And now for an experiment in novel research and crowd funding! I've been to every location in the first two Lexy Cooper books Schooled and Pwned. Granted, they weren't all that exotic--just Los Angeles in Schooled and Vegas in Pwned. But in the third book, due in early 2014, the most important part of the... Continue Reading →

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