Authors Answer 143 – The First Book Advance

I’m sure many aspiring authors dream of getting that first advance cheque and blowing it all on something awesome. This week on Authors Answer we’re discussing just that dream. :3

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Writing books is a job. Most authors do it with the hope that they can become a full time author, and be able to support themselves on the income they receive. But that first advance is a big milestone in any author’s career. This week’s question comes from our very own C E Aylett.

I would also like to take a moment and thank Beth Aman for her contributions in the past year. She’s going to college, and will be concentrating on that. Good luck, Beth!

Question 143 – What would you/did you spend your first book advance on?

Linda G. Hill

I would spend my advance getting myself out of debt. …wait, how much are we talking? More than $30,000? I’ll probably go out for coffee.

Cyrus Keith

Probably a car. I’ve never had a car that I didn’t have to spend dark, cold evenings in my driveway effecting…

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Authors Answer 142 – Becoming Famous

Wouldn’t it be great to become famous for your writing? This week the other authors and I at Authors Answer discuss how we would handle becoming suddenly as famous as someone like Stephen King.

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The vast majority of authors never become famous. They never have a bestseller. They are pretty much unknown. But many authors dream of making it big, becoming one of those authors who is a household name. But how would we handle that newfound fame?

Question 142 – How do you think you would handle fame if your books become as popular as authors like Stephen King?

C E Aylett

I’m a pretty sociable person so I’d probably be far too open for my own good! I’d also like to think I’d keep my feet on the ground and just keep on being me, with perks.

H. Anthe Davis

Authors are hardly rock stars, so I wouldn’t think the pressure of fame would be excessive. There would likely be convention appearances and book signings, so my antisocial little self might have trouble maintaining a pleasant face, but I’ve manned a sales…

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Authors Answer 140 – Developing Plot

It’s, arguably, the most important part of writing a book, because what would a story be without a gripping plot? In this week’s Authors Answer, the authors and I describe our plot-planning process.

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You need characters and setting for a story, but what would it be without a plot? Not much of anything. The plot may be one of the most complex parts of writing. A good plot isn’t predictable and straightforward. There may be multiple story lines running through the plot, but they all lead to one conclusion. So, how do we develop our plots?

Question 140 – How do you develop the plot of your stories?

Eric Wood

To develop a plot I sketch it out much like an artist would. An artist might draw out the art piece in pencil with very light strokes that are easily covered. I sketch out the plot of my stories with short words, a few descriptions, and random ideas to that come to me. It’s when I sit down to write the story in full that I then fill in details and move the…

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Authors Answer 137 – Unusual Writing Inspirations

Inspiration can come from many places. This week on “Authors Answer”, we’re talking about our most UNUSUAL sources of inspiration. Go check it out!

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Authors’ ideas don’t just pop in their minds from nowhere. Something has to inspire them. It could be a person, a scene, an event, a song, anything. Many of these inspirations are quite ordinary. But sometimes, they can be pretty strange.

Question 137 – What was one of the most unusual writing inspirations that sparked a story idea?

H. Anthe Davis

A couple years ago, I wrote a rather large short story (short novella?) based on an idea of very boring vampires. Urban vampire fantasy is always so seduction/violence/whatever-based, and I just don’t like it…but I played several years of Vampire: The Masquerade with friends, so had ideas of other ways to write it. Which is how I ended up with a story about a vampire accountant who finds himself rescued from a vampire-on-vampire conflict over his just-destroyed clan’s wealth and resources by a glam Jewish vampire-hunter and her werewolf…

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Major Geeky Spring Cleaning!

This is kind of an odd thing for me to be posting about in here, but I want to spread the word as widely as I can. 🙂

We’re doing a major spring clearout of tons of geeky items; doubles, things we got in sub boxes that just aren’t for us, things that don’t really fit in our collection anymore, and so on. We’ve shared an album of everything that’s for sale – along with instructions on how to go about dealing with the sale process – on the Facebook page for our YouTube channel. So if you’re interested in checking out what we’ve got to move, please head over here: https://www.facebook.com/TraceysBasement/ and scroll down to find the post. 🙂 Thanks!