Finding names for your characters

One morning you wake up and there is this character walking around inside your head. He or she is begging you to tell their story, but what should you call them and who are they really? They must have some sort of back story  and history to make the story complete.

Here are few websites that will help you flesh out your character and maybe find a side kick for them too.

Warning searching for names can be addicting.

http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/

http://www.behindthename.com/random/

http://www.rinkworks.com/namegen/

http://character.namegeneratorfun.com/

 

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Keeping Track of Your Story

viking likre men
A gang of royalty

After Reading A Song of Fire and Ice (known to many as the Game of Thrones), I wondered how does George R.R. Martin keep track of it all?

Here are few tips and places to help you keep track of yours.

  • Readwritethink.org This site is designed for children, but I found it handy for just getting your beginning thoughts in line and it is printable.
  • Evernote -I haven’t used this one, but I have heard good things about it. Here is what it’s website said: From short lists to lengthy research, no matter what form your writing takes, Evernote keeps you focused on moving those ideas from inspiration to completion.
  • Now for the not so techie side. I find a cork board and index cards to be helpful. Its’ great to have it there to glance at to keep you on track.
  • Another one and the one I like best is the writing journal. I keep a journal of dates and places that happen in my story. Since my novel is a historical series it is important that I age my characters correctly as time progresses and keep the dates for events accurate.

Advertising Your Writing #5

furry friends 5Today I’m going to tell you about Authonomy.com. This what they have to say on their website

“If you’re a writer, authonomy is the place to show your face – and show off your writing on the web. Whether you’re unpublished, self-published, looking to get published, or just getting started, all you need is a few chapters to start building your profile online, and start connecting with the authonomy writing community.”

The website is sponsored by Harper Collins Publishing. Be prepared with a short (25 words) description of your book and a longer one too. To share your book and get reviews you must publish 10,000 words or more. I just started today with them I”ll let you know how it goes or I’ll see you over there. If you do join, let me know and we can share reviews.

Advertising Your Writing #4

furry friends4I probably should have put this one as the first place to advertise your book.  http://www.goodreads.com. Has a lot going on for writers on their website. First you must join for free as a member who reads books. They will ask for ten books you have read and have you rate them.

You can also import your friends from Facebook and Twitter and see what they have been reading.

After waiting for a day, you can submit your book into their data base. From there you can join groups. The first one I joined is called Pure Indie Promotion. This group encourages you to promote your book to others and let them know about promotions.

Amazon just acquired Good Reads, so it’s another good reason to join.

What I’ve written here really only touches the basics of what you can do on Good Reads. So off with you now and get promoting.

Advertising Your Writing

furry friendsFor the next 40 days or so I plan to list 30 places to advertise e books for free. By helping you, I’ll be helping myself to stay motivated to advertise my own e book. The list is no particular order, but they will all be used and tested.

Number 1. http://www.free-online-novels.com

They have a form you use to submit your book. Your book must be free. The owner of the site responds within a week and adds a link to your book.

Free children’s ebook

A group of young children getting ready for an adventure.
Book cover

 

I’ve had a few requests to extend my coupon for my book. The Treasure Hunt. Here is the coupon code: ND98Q.

You can find this ebook at Smashwords.com. I like the fact that I can make a coupon for any of my books and have it ready instantly at Smashwords. If you don’t want to make it free like mine, you can put any discount you like and distribute it as you see fit.

Writing and Recipes

Do your characters eat in your story? A lot of readers love to have the recipes. Especially book clubs. When they get together to talk about your book, they also like to prepare foods that are described in the story. In my book Let The Good Times Roll, two young boys squabble over a left piece of blue berry la tart.

blueberry la tart

 

To give the reader a more tangible connection to my story, I add pictures and music clips too on my website page for that book.
old car with title

Indie Authors (more on Smashwords)

A group of young children getting ready for an adventure.
Book cover

Here is another perk I like about Smashwords. You can offer a coupon with your book and use it to advertise it where ever you choose. The coupon was available instantly and you can pick how long the coupon is good for. I created a coupon that makes my book free from today until September 5th. Since my book is for children, I like to think of it as a back to school special.

If you would like to take advantage of the free download, you can find the book here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/348392 The coupon code is CL92G I would appreciate a review if you find the book appealing.