The Pros & Cons of a Pen Name (With a Little Help from KK Ness)

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In 2012, when I released my debut novel, Enemies Closer, I decided to use the pseudonym “LE Truscott”. The book was action adventure and I was concerned (perhaps unnecessarily) that male readers wouldn’t be interested in reading a woman writing in the genre. I didn’t think too long or too hard about what the drawbacks might be. But just as there were benefits, there were also disadvantages.

KK Ness has recently released her first book, Messenger, in The Shifter War fantasy series and her pseudonym is a complete departure from her actual name (as opposed to the partial disguise I chose). I asked her a few questions about her choice to help illustrate the pros and cons of using a pen name. Continue reading

Announcing the Release of my New Book, Project January: A Sequel About Writing

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I’m very pleased to announce the release of my new book, Project January: A Sequel About Writing.

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A follow-up to Project December: A  Book About Writing, this is more of my musings and advice for writers and those wanting to write to getting started…again, developing characters and plot, the writing itself, editing and what to do when the book is finished. Continue reading

How To Write A Book Review

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In a couple of places now, I’ve seen authors asking for suggestions on how to get readers to leave reviews on Goodreads and Amazon and other book sales platforms. People seem happy to buy and read their books but often feel they don’t have the skills to write a book review that would be useful to either other potential readers or the author.

So next time one of your readers umms and ahhs about posting a review of your book, send them a link to this blog post. I’ve broken it down into a few areas that hopefully make it a lot less scary and hopefully resulting in a lot more reviews. (Of course, I can’t guarantee the reviews will be positive though – that’s entirely up to the quality of your book.) Continue reading

Announcing the release of my new book, Project December

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I’m very pleased to announce the release of my new book called Project December: A book about writing.

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Project December is all about writing – a guide for writers and wannabes to getting started, developing characters and plot, the writing itself, editing and what to do when the book is finished.

For the next few months, it will be available exclusively as an ebook through Amazon. To find it on Amazon US, click here. To find it on Amazon Australia, click here. And it should be available on all the other local Amazon sites.

Thanks for reading my blog and thanks in advance for reading my book!