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Romance, love, and mushy stuff

loveromance01I don’t read romance and I although some of my stories have romance, it is not in the romance genre. That being said, I wanted to share a few resources for those who do, who might appreciate some tips and hacks.

Book Cover Design: Canva.com provides some lovely options for graphics but also layouts for book covers. This is great for ebooks. Printed books demand more attention. I also appreciate the costs ($1 for each graphic), so you can create a cover and use it commercially.

Templates can provide you a guide on creating a cover. This can be fun just creating one for fun. Romance Cover at GlassGiant.com.

Name Generator: Not just for romance, the FakeNameGenerator provides a database of names. This includes nationality, gender, and even age.

Marketing: How to Market Your Romance Novel on Pinterest, Goodreads, and more.

Romance plot: How to plot a romance novel.

Historical romance: Writing Historical Fiction provides tips but also the site provides visitors to look up historical fiction based on the era.

Writing Ecourses: Low Country Online Writing Courses for Romance Writers. Courses cost $20

More Resources: Writing-world.com provides a nice list of resources for romance writers.

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Writer YouTube Channels

As a writer, you might want to consider creating a YouTube channel to promote your writing. I’ve considered it myself, but hate the way I look on camera, and when I did a blog-a-day challenge, I learned I didn’t like the editing part. But it does gain viewers and potential fans to your writing.

Here are some writers who have some interesting channels:

Eva Deverell

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This channel shares mostly writer prompts, which include write-alongs where she writes and you watch her process. This is an example where you don’t have to show yourself, or even talk.

Jenna Moreci– author of Eve- the Awakening.

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This channel I find very entertaining with her videos on quarterly goals, her easygoing tone, her openness of her writing process. She shares upcoming novels she will be publishing, and provides many videos on the writing craft.

Vivien Reis– author of the Elysian Prophecy

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This channel includes topics on writing, publishing, goals, and tips. She speaks well, directly, and shares her experiences as an author.

Writer’s Digest- Writer’s Digest Magazine.

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Highly recommended to subscribe! This channel covers many aspects of writing from drafting to publishing and marketing. You can also find interviews with published authors, and lots of topics. Many videos are preview videos, but there is so much information here that is valuable.

Vlogbrothers- John Green, author of Fault in Our Stars, and Hank Green, his brother who  helped created Nerdcon, and works with Crash Course and SciShow.

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This channel isn’t exclusively about the bestselling author, John Green of Fault in Our Stars, but his videos will include his writing process. The channel started between the two brothers vlogging to one another that build an amazingly huge fanbase.

ShaelinWrites- authored 7 novels and shares about her process.

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This channel includes tutorials and her writing process, but also collaboration videos with other vloggers. This is a good example of sharing topics and the process of writing and she shares her process in simple, frank language.

If you decide to start vlogging, remember to include these features:

  • An about page that links back to blog/web sites so visitors can order your book
  • Add videos mentioning your writing you will be publishing.
  • Add playlists to sort your videos into groups such as ‘writing’ and ‘character’ and ‘publishing’.
  • Add tags/keywords when publishing so people can find you through searches.
  • Add your videos to your blog/website.
  • Avoid ‘um’ when you speak. Talk in a firm, direct tone.

Do you have favorite youtubers you follow that are about writing? Share in comments.

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Writer Gift Ideas

It’s getting to be that time of year again to think about the writers in your life, and what to get them. Here is a list of suggested ideas you might enjoy. (Some are affiliate links but you can look them up yourself if you like);

A subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine provides ample information and incentive for the writer in your life. I’ve found each and every magazine provided valuable information on writing craft as well as publishing in today’s market. $19 year)

Also consider any number of books by Writer’s Digest on the topics of writing, publishing, and marketing.

The Writer’s Market can help the writer in your life to look at publishing markets. Each year, Writer’s Digest released a new book, so you might be able to find a previous year. Ideally, you would want to give a current copy to have fresh markets. ($20)

A fancy fountain pen offers support in a writer’s craft. It doesn’t have to be specifically a fountain pen, but a special or high-end pen they can use. ($15)

 

A pen holder is perfect for the writer who carries a notebook around with them. These easy stick on pen clips are perfect to affix to any notebook, journal, or book.

 

Notebooks come in many shapes, sizes, and covers to choose from. Moleskin notebooks include lined, dotted, or blank pages for journaling or writing, or select of the special notebooks listed in my online store.

Mug with quote are perfect for writers. This is just one example, but you can get mugs with specific quotes and graphics on them, or even design your own mug through sites like Zazzle or Cafepress.

Some other ideas include:

T-shirts with quotes on them. These are always popular. If the writer in your life has a book published, consider having a t-shirt made with their book cover and title put on the shirt so they can show it off.

Books (printed or ebooks) that help with the craft of writing, publishing, or marketing of the writer’s specific genre.

Storymatic Classic is a game writers can use to prompt their writing.

 

 The Writer’s Toolbox is another writer inspired game that uses cards and popsicle sticks with prompts and plot ideas.

What’s on your wishlist this year? Post in comments.

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Link: NaNoWriMo Bullet Journal

Linkshare- NaNoWriMo Bullet Journal

National Novel Writing Month is closing in fast, so I wanted to share links and resources for my fellow writers that will endure the NaNoWriMo.

Keeping a journal not only helps keep you on track, but it turns into a resource book to keep on hand at your desk. Boho Berry provides some nice tips, showing you some of her pages, and many can be worked at any time of the year, not just November.

Her channel provides many tips for planners, so if you want to get into bullet journaling and planners, this is good resource.

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