We’re always humbled when we receive mail from a viewer, and it is so awesome and so much fun to look through what people though to send us! Zachary wanted to send a few (haha…a “few”) items that he thought we would like, and he definitely wasn’t wrong! There was some awesome stuff in this huge box, including items from Funko and Jada Metals, some comics and fun smaller items, and even some stuff for the little one! Check it out!
This week we’re moving away from talking about writing itself for a moment, and discussing which causes and projects we would like to support, should we be lucky enough to become a well-known author with the money and influence to do some real good.
A lot of the big authors support charitable causes or projects. They could be for education, poverty, medical, or many other causes. With plenty of money from contracts and book sales, many authors want to use the money for some good. This week’s question comes from C E Aylett.
I’ve never looked into this, as I doubt it would happen, but I generally support environmental causes so I’m sure I’d start there. And probably give grants to some library systems.
I am a huge, huge, HUGE fan of the “Always Keep Fighting” campaign that was created by Jared Padalecki of the Supernatural TV show. Padalecki has suffered a great deal from anxiety and depression…
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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
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!
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.
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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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.
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?
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.
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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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.
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?
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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