TAP047, What is a Story Beat? | How to Write Great Scenes

TAP047, What is a Story Beat? | How to Write Great Scenes

As I wrote the outline and script for the episode on value shifts, I realised that there is a smaller unit of story that I need to discuss that’s integral to understanding value shifts or how a scene turns. So, I considered adding it to that episode but soon discovered that the final version of the episode would be too long. That’s why, I created this hopefully, short bonus show, where I discuss what is a story beat. And how you can use them to create better scenes.

TAP046, End Your Scenes with Cliffhangers | How to Write Great Scenes

TAP046, End Your Scenes with Cliffhangers | How to Write Great Scenes

If you’re the kind of writer that needs to outline every scene, then you need to be aware of the types of cliffhangers and how to effectively use them to create a page turning effect and not turn readers away. In fact there is more than one type of cliffhanger—there’s four. So, in this episode, I’ll unpack the four types of cliffhangers in fiction so that you can avoid the common pitfalls and end your scenes with cliffhangers in a way that keeps the reader turning the page.

BTS057, A Year in Review and Self Publishing Products I Loved in 2023

BTS057, A Year in Review and Self Publishing Products I Loved in 2023

I’m back, again. And yes, it’s been sixteen weeks since I released an episode of the podcast. Between now and November, I took December and January off because it’s a busy time of year and I tend to travel during these periods. In this episode, I look back on 2023 and discuss the highs and lows. On top of this, I share the self-publishing products and writing courses that I recommend and are still using.

WordPress.org Email Scam

Five days ago, on the 4th of February 2024, the spam filter on my professional email account flagged an email pretending to be from Wordpress.org as spam, and rightfully so. So, Why is this Email Considered Spam? In this new update, I’ll show you how to avoid this WordPress.org Email Scam.

BTS056, AI-Generated Images, Designing Your Own Book Cover, Declining Free eBook Downloads, and Struggling to Write Book Three

BTS056, AI-Generated Images, Designing Your Own Book Cover, Declining Free eBook Downloads, and Struggling to Write Book Three

In this episode, I discussed whether you should use AI-generated images in book covers, how to work with a book cover designer and the things you need to know before you design your own book cover. But, this episode isn’t just about blog posts; I also discuss my struggles with writing and the epiphany I’ve had, which helped me make progress after chasing my tail for so long.

Should You Use AI Generated Images for Book Covers?

Should You Use AI Generated Images for Book Covers?

Since the creation of the various artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT, MidJourney, and the like, people have responded in two ways. The first is “I’ll never use this”, and the second is the excited response by those first adopters who rush into using everything new with a natural curiosity. Should you use AI-Generated Images for book covers? Before you embrace the newfound world of AI-generated images and create your first or next book covers, there is an important thing you need to consider. And that is copyright. It’s a very important topic that you need to consider. So, let’s talk about it.

Amazon Updates its KDP Guidelines to Include AI Content

Two days ago, on the 7th of September, 2023, Amazon KDP updated its guidelines to include AI-generated content. I wanted to wait a while before sharing this because I often find people jump the gun and overreact before reading the fine print. This amendment requires publishers and independent authors who distribute books via their platform to declare whether the books have content created with the help of Artificial Intelligence. Inside the dashboard for each book, users found a yes or no radio button in which they could declare their usage.

How to Work With a Book Cover Designer

How to Work With a Book Cover Designer

So, you’ve finished writing your first or next book, and you’re working with an editor. But you’ve realised that you need a book cover. And you’re on a budget, so you’ve started browsing premade book covers but can’t find something that suits your story. This led you to commission a custom book cover, even though it’s a little out of your budget. In this blog post, I will share tips on how to work with a book cover designer so that you can get the best possible cover for your book.

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