Alana Woods Announces New Release

25 essential writing tips: guide to writing good fictionAuthor Alana Woods is pleased to announce the release of her new book, 25 essential writing tips: guide to writing good fiction.

Alana Woods, a professional editor of many years’ experience and an award-winning author, has published a guide aimed at helping aspiring authors to find their writing voice and inspire them to get started or finish THAT book.

The guide, 25 essential writing tips: guide to writing good fiction, is a good example of the advice Woods has given when critiquing manuscripts over the years: eliminate every unnecessary word. A step-by-step guide, concise and to the point it begins by explaining the writer’s voice then dives straight in to everything you need to consider, including opening with a hook, making dialogue believable, creating suspense, developing your story and characters, and how to approach descriptions, point of view and 1st/2nd/3rd person. Woods uses her own and other authors’ work to illustrate each point.

25 essential writing tips: guide to writing good fiction was released late in June of 2012 by WoodsfortheTrees Press. It is available on Amazon.comand Amazon UK in print and as an e-book.

Sneak Peek: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

somewhere over the rainbowToday we have a sneak peek from author Derek Thompson’s memoir, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, I’ve Lost My Damn Mind: A Manic’s Mood Chart.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow will be the first humorous memoir about bipolar by a member of the Millennial Generation-today’s young adults. Blending pop culture references and cyberspeak with psychiatric terms, it combines a funny, conversational tone with a nonlinear narrative structure. The book’s humor, cultural references and Internet origins will appeal to Millennials, now entering their twenties and thirties, as well as younger Gen Xers. More than an account of coming to terms with a mental health condition, it’s a story of being young and feeling lost, dealing with heartbreak and still finding plenty to laugh about, no matter what happens.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow is available on, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and other online booksellers.

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Reading Room Romp

You’re familiar with the Indies Unlimited staff authors  from reading the informative and entertaining articles they write here. Each is not only a talented writer, but also has excellent standing in the indie community and minty-fresh breath.

One of the proven methods for improving your own writing is to read and study the craft of others.  Each week In the Indies Unlimited Reading Room, we feature select titles from a few of our all-star staff. So check out these select titles by a few of the authors who are here providing advice and sharing their experience and wisdom with you. Continue reading “Reading Room Romp”

Book Brief: Under An Orange Sun, Some Days Are Blue

Under An Orange Sun, Some Days Are Blue
by Irving Belateche
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Inspirational
55,000 words

Hollywood screenwriter Ben Cross is broken-hearted after the death of his young daughter. Even though he knows it’s impossible, he still wants his little girl to have the Hollywood ending she deserves. And so Ben begins a desperate personal quest, searching for some sign from her. Consulting self-help gurus, philosophers, and religion, he derives a set of principles that reinforce his belief that everything can still work out. First, he applies those principles to finding that sign from his daughter. Then he applies them to his writing–to his career–to everything else in his life. Along the way, he discovers which principles work and which don’t.

This title is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Continue reading “Book Brief: Under An Orange Sun, Some Days Are Blue”