Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Why can't you write?



Do you wake up every day with the intention to write and then make  an excuse, any excuse not to sit down and commit ? 
Today, I'm going to look into why this happens and how you can prevent wasting time.

Self- doubt.

First and the most reason is self-doubt in your ability to produce the quality of story a publisher will expect.
To conquer this fear you must take a long hard look at the criticism you've received. Is it warranted  and constructive or have you read a review from a site that bullies authors?

It is a fact of life that not every reader will like your work, just the same as  not everyone enjoys the same TV shows.
Ignore the catty, bullying reviews because  some people out there  get their kicks writing bad reviews in an attempt to ruin sales. There is always that one star review and catty comment in amongst the twenty 5 star reviews isn't there? The problem is it's the one star review we all seem to worry about. You will never please all of the people all of the time, so concentrate on the positives.

Use constructive criticism to your advantage and if you have received feedback from a declined submission use it to your advantage. If a publisher has taken the time to write a personal rejection they think you are worth the time to help. Use this advice to improve your work.

How can you improve?

Join a critique group of PUBLISHED authors.
Join RWA


You are a great writer but you can't get your book published....why?

Get a thick skin and stop looking at your book as your 'baby'.  Publishing is a business and unless you have a story that will sell, very few will take the risk of losing money no matter how well your book is written.

Finding the right publisher.

Horses for courses.....research, research. Take the time to look at a publisher's bestsellers lists to gauge their reader base. If your genre is in the top five, you have a better chance of publication.
Read the submission guidelines and stick to them.
Don't rush. Submitting  an unedited , unpolished manuscript  the moment you have finished is a recipe for disaster. SLOW DOWN....put the document away for two weeks, change the font then read it through again and you will be aghast at the mistakes you find.


Stop making excuses.

Authors lives prevent  writing,  arguments, worry, and family problems are all on the list but the most common is waiting on a submission/ pitch.

To avoid this and "writer's block" which is all of the above  set a time to write within the boundaries of your busy life. If it's Saturday afternoon or every day of the week. Set the time and stick to it  just as you would if you had to work for that number of hours.

Don't allow social media to  creep into your writing time. Promotion is a part of our lives  so set a time limit and stick to it....it will still be there tomorrow.

So you still can't write.

If you have started a story read through the last chapter and this will spark your imagination. If the story is boring you.... it will bore the reader and the acquisitions editor too, so  start a new story.

Always begin a new story the moment you send away a submission....forget about the submission and keep working.
Even if you write one paragraph a day or session it will build your confidence and just write...don't worry about editing. Keep the flow going and you will write better than ever before.

 I've lost my Muse.

Listen to music, read, observe the world, read newspapers  I have found reading submission calls will help as well.

 Relax and a story will form in your mind.

Then write.....it's what you do best after all .

H.C. Brown


Monday, April 6, 2015

Things in stories that made you go GRRRRRRRRRR.


What drives you mad in a book? What would make you stop reading?
 Some phrases are so overused or misused they pull me out of a story. My pet peeves are:
Quantum leap.........quantum means tiny...nuclear ....so how did this phrase  originated to define a huge leap? Makes no sense at all. I blame the TV show LOL.
 The  worst phrase that comes up over and over again in stories is:
           She let out the breath she didn't know she was holding.
This phrase makes the character look really stupid especially if the character does this repeatedly throughout the story......or everyone in the story does the same thing at one time or another.....If you hold your breath long enough you drop dead. Something a person would notice.
 IMO using the same phrases repeatedly in a story is a lazy way to write and distracting to the max for the reader.
My third pet peeve is when two characters are in a conversation why use the dialogue tag....he replied??????? If he/she is saying something to the other person they are replying......I wish they would use a nice action tag instead.
What annoys you?

Friday, April 3, 2015

Be yourself.




I've seen a lot of authors in constant state of worry over being good enough, or not being as good as so and so....or why is she/he making it and I'm not. Then there is the 'Why can't I write when I have made a pitch or put in a submission' syndrome. Had that feeling? I think at one time or another we all suffer from self-doubt and this kills creativity. 

The best bit of advice I can offer is to forget about what everyone else is doing and stick to your own path. We are storytellers, so don't try to write what she/he is writing, write what your muse is telling you to write.

 Put on your blinkers forget about other authors, the last submission etc, and just write...... that's what I'm doing. I'm happy to write and if one day I make the NYT Bestsellers list, well it will be a bonus but if I don't it's not the end of the world is it? It won't stop me writing because my stories need to be told.... and so do yours
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Friday, March 6, 2015

New Release discount !!!! $3.74 on All Romance!!!!

Novel length hot sexy shifter menage
The Goddess Boda, sends Prince Dallin and his lover, Stryker to another dimension to rescue a Spellweaver held captive in an enemy’s dungeon. Finding what resembles a dirty child, they discover the elf-like creature is a beautiful female of nineteen summers with unimaginable magical powers.
Lailii is a warrior and on their journey home, they find the enticing ethereal creature is a little more woman than they bargained for.
Available All Romance Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, Barns & Noble.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Release Day!!!!! Coming Out With Pride- Read an excerpt :-)

 I hope you'll enjoy my new Pride Brothers Book.

Blurb:

Prince Jannus of Knight Watch turns his back on tradition and seeks a male for his mate. His preference is for a human to submit to him in and out of the dungeon.

Once a year at Samhain, he opens the gate to his world and sends his faithful Elf to collect suitable men for him and the other Doms seeking delicious subs for mutual pleasure.

Brad Archer’s desire to come out and find a strong handsome Dom has become an obsession. Heading to Stonehenge to join a festival, he meets a stranger who lures him to another dimension crammed with Doms more than happy to take him for a walk on the wild side.




Buy links:



Amazon

 Also available on Kobo,  iTunes, Barns & Noble and Coffee Time Romance.


Excerpt

The Great Book of the Prides – personal entry by King Blaise of Knight Watch

I have decided not to interfere with Jannus’ preference for males. I have many sons who enjoy the company of men, and my pride is growing larger with many of my sons and brothers taking both male and female to mate.

Jannus follows my brother Zandor’s enjoyment of domination, a trait I see becoming very popular amongst the Prides of late. With the help of Nox, Jannus has built a dungeon deep in Crystal Mountain with a gate directly to the human world. I hope that this year Jannus will find the man of his dreams.

Chapter One

Prince Jannus of Knight Watch lounged in a large leather chair and gripped the head of the Elf bending between his knees. “Use your teeth to undo my pants, show devotion to your Master.”

Si did a good enough job of licking his leathers but he needed more than an Elf to satisfy his needs.

He craved a human, a Nomag, Nox the King of the Fae called them, for they had no magyck.

His uncles, Dare, Rio, and Zandor had mated human females and the scent of them drove him to distraction, but he had no desire to fuck them or mark their alabaster skin. He preferred males and his refusal to consider a female for a mate had troubled him before Nox had explained his own desires. It had been Nox’s idea to create a dungeon with a Gate to the human dimension to cater for his desires and other Pride like him. He had enjoyed three years with the Samhain Six, the males, Nox had chosen to Dominate this secret place. He had enjoyed the company of many delicious subs, but his cat refused to accept any of the males as his mate.

Tasting the joy of marking human skin and inhaling their unique scent had become an obsession and he could not get enough. He stroked Si’s cheeks, encouraging him to suck him deeper then shuddered, filling the Elf’s mouth with his seed. Rather than exultation, emptiness surrounded him. He needed a mate, and the uniquely passionate connection with both mate and cat all Pride strived to achieve. Somewhere, the Lady had designed a man just for him. Perhaps this Samhain, his mate would find his way to the Gate.

He smiled at Si and waved him to his feet. “Go now and find some delicious men for our games tonight.” He lifted his chin. “I want, Nomags, young and handsome. Find me a special male and I will keep you as my slave.”

“Yes, Master.” Si licked his lips. “I will find you a suitable male or I will not return.”

Sunday, February 1, 2015

OMG! I won the Bestselling Author 2014 Award for Luminosity Publishing!!!












OMG! I won the Bestselling Author 2014 Award for Luminosity Publishing!!




"In 1st place, is a super talented and prolific author, who writes a number of genres, all with great plots and superb characterisation. With a number of ARe Bestseller Awards for her books published through Luminosity, we send huge congratulations to H.C. Brown. With sales well into 4 figures, you have achieved the coveted Best Selling Author Award for Luminosity Publishing in 2014."



THANK YOU MY WONDERFUL READERS!!!!!!!

HC

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Books in print and The Readers & Writers Downunder Conference.


I will be attending the Readers and Writers Downunder  Conference . I am on 3 panels and  will be at the book signing.
Details here

All my print books are available on Amazon but for Australian readers these are available from The Book Depository with free delivery  and they take about  8-10 days to arrive. I have listed the URL's below.
I will have a few copies of my print books with me including some out of print rare titles for the book signing and plenty of  swag for all my readers. So come along and have some fun, I can't wait to meet you :-)

HC