Cover and Maps Are Heeeere!!! (This Book Is Getting Real!)

An interesting YA book with a map involved. Definitely worth a visit to the writer’s blog!

The Overactive Imagination


As you may have already seen from the subject line…the cover for my newest book is heeeere!!! And I commissioned a map for the book and it’s also heeeeeere!!

Yes, I know the book was always real, but, GUYS! I just turned in the last edits on Saturday. I have a map. I have a cover. The pre-order stuff is live. It’s so hard to believe that this story is finally on its way to being a solid book and I can throw it, I mean share it, with everyone!

This book was a labor of love for 4 years for me before I finally typed the end. I had several existential crises during the edits. I survived. The tome that was originally submitted (and known as The Mountain Baron) to my publisher is now split into two books (a decision that we’re all happy with since it’s making…

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Cover Reveal for Shard & Shield by Laura VanArendonk Baugh

New Fantasy novel on its way

Rachael Ritchey

Exciting news from fellow indie author Laura VanArendonk Baugh!

Her newest release

Shard & Shield

is coming July 2nd, 2019, and here’s your pre-release cover reveal!

3D Book cover for Shard & Shield by Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Isn’t it beautiful?

Head over to!/ for the full scoop on this lovely release!

What’s it all about?


He can save her life—if he sacrifices himself and those he swore to protect.

King’s bastard Shianan Becknam buries himself in his military career to avoid the family that never wanted him and the dangers of drawing political attention. When the artifact intended to end an interdimensional war is damaged, the mage Ariana is trapped on the other side of the rift with her servant—only the cheery young boy is really one of the monstrous enemy, disguised as a human. Shianan is desperate to rescue Ariana, one of his few friends, but to do so requires committing treason and betraying his duty, leaving…

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5 Newbie Mistakes that Will KILL a Perfectly Good Story – Reblog (Kirsten Lamb)

More strong and wise advice to be considered by any writer

Author Steve Boseley - Half a Loaf of Fiction

I came across a blog post last week that was a reblog of a reblog. My first thought was ‘that’s got to be a good article, so I skipped over to the originator’s site and had a read and discovered the post you see beneath, from author Kirsten Lamb.

For me, the magic word was ‘Newbie.’ Although I’ve been writing for several years now, I still consider myself a newbie. Partly in the sense that I have no novel yet, but also because I feel that I always want to be in a state of ‘there is more that I need to know.’ And boy, is there a lot!

Kirsten lays ot some of the mistakes that we (as newbies) are prone to make. With me, Mistake #2 is one I am currently grappling with. I’m in the process of dealing with it, but it always bears remembering. Have…

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Fictioneering – The Power of Consistency

Another thought-provoking piece from Simon. Now here is something for all writers of fiction to be aware of

Planet Simon

World building is hard at the best of times, creating news worlds, rules people, inventing a new society with all it rules is quite a challenge. As a writer this world there for the reader to discover in stories and through characters. This world need to be consistent in all the stories that are written, to assume the reader won’t notice small details is dangerous – because they will!

This kind of thing seems to happen more in TV I notice where a large amount of stories are needed. Let’s take Star Trek as an example, they’re good friends the Klingons have taken out their warp drive and they have to rely on only impulse drive.

The Starship Enterprise (No ownership claimed on image)

The impulse drive is able to take the Enterprise across a solar system in hours normally but suddenly in this case the story needs it to…

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9 Pieces of Bad Publishing Advice New Writers Should Ignore – by Anne R Allen…

Now here is some very sage and stern advice for those of you seeking to break into the market.
Read and take notes

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Social Media is both a boon and a curse to new writers. Online writing groups and forums are an excellent source of insider information on the publishing industry—stuff we once could only find at expensive classes and writers’ conferences.

But social media is also a major source of misinformation and dangerously bad advice.

I belong to a lot of Facebook writers’ groups where I see newbies ask questions that get a bunch of conflicting responses. Sometimes when I see misinformation, I jump in to correct it, but often I can tell that resistance is futile. There’s such a wealth of bad advice that I don’t know where to begin.

I know some people can only learn that fire is hot by getting burned. Nothing a more experienced person says will change their minds.

But if you don’t feel the need to jump in the fire, here’s some popular bad advice you…

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Retread #3: Only now…

This is a very thought provoking post from Audrey.
Bear in mind these lessons

Audrey Driscoll's Blog

I originally posted this somewhat quirky set of thoughts about the word “only” back in June of 2014.

In the fourth of H.P.  Lovecraft’s stories serialized under the title “Herbert West, Reanimator,” West tells the narrator that a traveler collapsed and died while asking for directions at his door — presenting him with an opportunity for a really fresh specimen for one of his reanimation experiments. When the fellow comes back to life, he reveals to the narrator that West murdered him. But before that, the first words he utters as life returns to him are “Only now.” Unfortunately, with the return of full consciousness, the subject remembers his murder and never completes that intriguing sentence. Only now… what? Since H.P.L. was an atheist, it was probably not a secret of the afterlife. But “only” is an interesting word.

1. Only I can help you now.

2. I only can…

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Announcing My Premade Book Cover Service

Well worth a look writers

A Writer's Path

Hey all!

I’m letting everyone know that I’ve launched a premade book cover service. I’ve been writing more short stories lately, mostly under a pen name, and I’ve found it hard to find a book cover that isn’t impossible for a $0.35-$0.81 per sale royalty (depending on the marketplace/website) to pay off. I found a lot of premade covers in the range of quality I was looking for in the $70-$150 USD range, which is tough for short story sales, in my opinion. Novels are a bit of a different story, as they can pay off higher ranges much more easily, but still, it’s always nice to find a bargain.

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