Author Blog Archives | Norma Hinkens

Category Archives for Author Blog

10 Tips to Craft Awesome Characters

  • September 13, 2016

What Great Minds Say As an author, I am always on the hunt for solid writing advice and inspiration from other authors I admire. One of the topics I enjoy reading about the most is crafting characters who are believable, multi-dimensional, and endearing. Like Katniss from The Hunger Games or Harry Potter. With that in mind, […]

Continue reading

4 Self-publishing Rockstars To Follow in 2016

self-publishing rockstars

There’s a reason the market is quickly becoming saturated by self-published authors, and it’s a good one. It’s because of the generous nature of indie authors. A tenacious breed, forced to fend for themselves outside the nerve center of traditional publishing, indie authors have quickly become adept at sourcing everything they need to independently publish the […]

Continue reading

15 Ways Fiction Writers Can Stay Creative in 2016

  • December 29, 2015
Creativity 2016

When your medium is magical action thrills, dystopian high jinks, or paranormal cozy mysteries, the creative perspiration required to keep those tall tales coming can be taxing at times, to say the least. Here are a few lighthearted ways to revamp your creativity as the new year gets underway: Rummage the racks at your local thrift […]

Continue reading

8 Tips For Self-publishing On Amazon

  • December 23, 2015
Self-publishing Immurement

  Self-publishing my first book Immurement on Amazon this month was an exhilarating experience, but despite the time I spent researching how it all works, there were several details I wasn’t fully aware of until I began the process. Here are a few pointers that will give you a heads up on some of the items that tripped me up. Uploading the […]

Continue reading

How To Pick A Book Title

  • December 2, 2015
Title for a book

Choosing a book title is almost as challenging as naming a child. After all, your freshly written book is your baby, an entity that will live with you for years to come. Readers will judge your book by its cover, and that includes your title. You don’t want to slap a lackluster label as an afterthought […]

Continue reading

Avoiding Self-Publishing Potholes

  • November 24, 2015

The road to self-publishing your own book is riddled with potholes, but you can avoid the worst of them if you map out the journey ahead of time. Here are four key pointers: Perform a Diagnostic Make sure your book is the best it can possibly be before you make the trip down Publication Boulevard. Don’t settle […]

Continue reading

Why I Write

  • November 17, 2015

This past few weeks I’ve been running on ink fumes as I prepare to launch my first book into the Amazonic stratosphere. Self-publishing takes an enormous amount of work and concentrated effort, not to mention an intravenous caffein drip. From deep diving into the dashboard of the Facebook Power Editor for ads (warning: harmful to […]

Continue reading

Your First 10K Readers Evaluation

One of the tools I leaned heavily on to shape the launch strategy for my first book is an online course by Nick Stephenson. What exactly is Your First 10K Readers? In a nutshell, a comprehensive course on how to get off to a roaring start in online book sales and build a solid readership. […]

Continue reading

4 Reasons NaNoWriMo Is Good For You

  • November 3, 2015

1) NaNoWriMo … gives us the kick in the britches we badly need to get started. Or to put it more profoundly, Newton’s first Law of Motion, also known as the Law of Inertia, means that there is a natural tendency of objects to keep on doing what they’re doing, so sometimes we need a little […]

Continue reading

10 Signs You Might Be A Redneck Writer

There are plenty of terrific websites out there dispensing wisdom to indie authors, but now and again we just need to take a breather from stockpiling all that good info and have a laugh. Here’s my twist on how to tell if you really have what it takes to go indie … or if you’re simply a […]

Continue reading

Creating Killer Blog Cocktails

  • October 16, 2015

So we’re talking how to pen dynamic blog posts that melt in your mouth, evoke a transcendental experience, reduce you to a shivering wreck of your former self, anything other than trigger a yawn, click, exit sequence. Indie authors are constantly told we need to blog. It’s a way to: boost traffic showcase talent hone writing […]

Continue reading

3 Hot Tips For Indie Authors

  • October 16, 2015

I love to write, but it’s draining spending all those hours with the Phantom of the Digest whispering in my ear “Write for me, WRITE!” I’ve just finished the third book in my trilogy, The Undergrounders Series. Those hard-fought Adventures in Chronicles have finally paid off, but it wasn’t easy. Even tougher was the imperial thumbs […]

Continue reading

Surefire Systems To Outsmart Writer’s Block

  • October 16, 2015
Writer with writer's block

You know you have Writer’s Block when you get lost in the world you invented That moment when you come to, and realize your brain froze over an hour ago. You rapidly defrost your neural crannies only to discover it’s time to pick up the dry cleaning, the curtain climbers from school, your freshly spayed dog from the vet, and […]

Continue reading