Authors and readers frequently refer to a book as falling within a specific genre but does everyone truly understand what a genre is? Do they understand what type of work each genre encompasses? Prior to considering a variety of genre it is worth understanding what the word itself means. ‘Style of art or literature.’ (Oxford … More Genre – Defined
This topic was originally intended to form part of an overall article within which the variances between blurb and synopsis would be considered. However, it quickly became evident the eventual length of such an article would be unwelcome. The decision was therefore taken to consider synopsis’ and blurbs’ separately. What is a Synopsis? has already … More What is a Blurb?
This article was originally intended to consider variances between synopsis and blurb. However, it quickly became evident, if the topic is to be dealt with adequately, the eventual length would be unwelcome. The decision has therefore been taken to consider each aspect separately. This article will consider what a synopsis is and its purpose. A … More What is a Synopsis?
This is the third article in a short series looking at book front and back matter. What is a Preface? was the first and What is a Prologue? the second. Note: As previously stated elsewhere, this series came about because it was noted, from various comments and observations, principally in social media discussions, there appears … More What is an Epilogue?
This is the second article in the series looking at book front and back matter. What is a Preface? was the first. Note: As previously stated, this series came about because it was noted, from various comments and observations, principally in social media discussions, there appeared to be a lot of confusion about the differences … More What is a Prologue?
This is the first of a short series of articles looking at some elements of book front and back matter i.e. what comes before chapter 1 and what follows after the story has ended. Note 1: The majority of visitors to this website have an interest in memoir and fiction consequently the following discussion will … More What is a Preface?
Author interviews are a great way for readers to get to know the person behind those books they love. They are also useful to fellow authors as a means of learning: every person is different and has their own unique method and style. The insights into persona are also interesting in their own right. One … More Author Advice for New Authors
Whether experienced or not, all authors need a first draft. Why? What is its purpose? What is a first draft? Questions the following discussion is intended to address. Until a first draft is finished, whether it be a book manuscript; magazine article; newspaper column; social media post; etc. the author or writer has nowhere real … More Why Authors need to get their First Draft Finished
Reference to ‘Writing Rules’ regularly appears in author and writer related discussions, posts and articles. Nevertheless, the so called ‘rules’ are not usually listed, leaving readers with no option but to surmise what they are. It is in fact not easy to find such a list, however, a search of the internet, and through multiple … More Writing Rules – Do Authors Have to Adhere to Them?
In an attempt to determine authors and readers understanding of book front and back matter a series of surveys were commenced last October (2018). The intention had been for these to be posed in relatively quick succession. However, a variety of matters intervened resulting in an unexpected break in sequence. The surveys were: … More In Preface or Prologue? – A Survey