Monday, September 24, 2012

The So-What? Factor

I ran across a great article the other day HERE.

It mentions a bunch of cool things but a particular idea caught my attention. It's the SO WHAT factor.

From the post:

"It's easy to confuse concept with plot, and that's not it. Because that leaves out something that Lisa Cron's recent book WIRED FOR STORY calls the "'so what?' factor." She goes on to explain that the "so what?" factor is what clues a reader in on the point of the story, the relevance of everything that happens in it, what the story is about."

Basically, why should we care? Empathy is SO important in books. I think empathy and curiosity are the two biggest things that will keep a reader turning pages.

If you've got a WIP, check out your first page and ask yourself if it piques curiosity or empathy.

Think of a book you couldn't put down. What kept you reading? How can you work that "So What" relevance into your WIP?



FYI Love On The Range is on sale at Amazon for only $3.77 today!! (cheaper than the e-book)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review/Giveaway For Lady Outlaw by Stacy Henrie


I am finishing up Stacy Henrie's debut Lady Outlaw! The first things that drew me to this story were the cover and the premise. Stacy created a heroine who steals from thieves in order to make her ranch payments. But then along comes this handsome stranger in need of a job (read our Hero) and the heroine begins reconsidering how she supplements her living, especially when she finds out about the Hero's past. His gentle ways and faith in God affect her too.

So far I'm enjoying the story. The premise is unique and I love that the heroine is so completely imperfect. I find internal sins a lot in Christian books (attitude, pride, etc) but rarely do I see such blatant external wrongdoing. It's a nice change and makes for a strong character arc. Stacy is a good writer and I'm looking forward to reading more of her books! Hopefully the covers will be as awesome too!

Today Stacy is graciously offering a signed copy of her book. Leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway!

Question: What hooks you hardest, first page or premise?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Nancy Drew is Back...And She's Hawaiian




I'm so excited to announce the release of Cheryl Linn Martin's debut middle grade mystery series, The Hawaiian Island Detective club!

Any kids who like mysteries in exotic settings are going to love this series. The first book is Pineapples In Peril. Cheryl's writing is crisp and suspenseful. Her characters are loveable. Leilani is the Nancy Drew of the series. She has a thirst to solve mysteries and lets nothing stop her, not even her pestering little brother, Kimo. I'm looking forward to reading all the books in Cheryl's series!

You can find Cheryl at her website, her blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Do you write or read Middle Grade fiction? Have any questions for Cheryl?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Learning From the Indies

I learned a cool little trick the other day.

I'm on a self-pub loop mostly for information's sake. Times are changing and it's good for authors to be aware of what's going on, what works, what doesn't work, etc. Writing for publication isn't just an art, but a business.

Anyway, I found out Amazon likes to match prices, so when my book Love On The Range went on sale at Harlequin for $3.45, guess what I did?

*grin* I told Amazon! And sure enough, about a week later, my Amazon price started dropping lower and lower. It was a fun experiment and good to know for the future.

Have you learned any cool tidbits recently?

Oh, and on Wednesday I'll be hosting my fabulous critique partner Cheryl Linn Martin. She's a middle grade writer whose first series is fixing to release. If you love Nancy Drew and have kids who like mysteries, Pineapples in Peril is for them!

Monday, September 3, 2012

And the Winners Are....

Woohooo, the giveaway has ended and there are goodies to dispense!

Godiva Winners:

K. Victoria Chase
Karen Lange

B&N Gift Card Winner:

Nick Wilford

Sweet Caroline and Sweet Baklava Winner:

Sandra Orchard

Send your snail mail addys to me at jessica_nelson7590 AT yahoo DOT com and I'll get these out to you. :-)

Thank you for participating!!

Happy Labor Day!