Sound Advice to Writers from Inknbeans Press

Making the Word Count – by Jo, the Boss Bean

Artist's conception of Jo reviewing manuscript

As long as there has been human history, there have been writers. They are our archivists and our entertainers. They began with charred sticks on the walls of caves and today they’re using pixels and the walls of Facebook to record their ideas, their observations, and their imaginations.

Of course, right behind our first writer and his burning sticks came someone to correct him, monitor him, establish his legal right to write upon that wall, and claim a portion of his profits – probably communicated with a club. And ever since, the publishers and editors have been clubbing writers over the head with rejection letters, requirements, rewrites, restrictive contracts and royalties. Continue reading “Sound Advice to Writers from Inknbeans Press”

Meet the Author: Dean Lappi

Author Dean Lappi

Author Dean Lappi says his writing style can be broken down in two ways. First, he says writes directly, with few extra words in a sentence. “I don’t know if this is good or bad, but it comes from a personal preference of mine to not have to write a scene that takes 500 words when I could do it just as well in 300 words.”

Second, he writes with a style that he says leans toward the disturbing and strange. “I’ve always written this way. In college when I took poetry, fiction, and playwriting courses, I tended to write pieces from an angle that [made] people slightly uncomfortable,” he says. Let’s hope that comment didn’t come from his geography professor. Continue reading “Meet the Author: Dean Lappi”

Sneak Peek: “That Bear Ate My Pants” (Part 2)

Today, we get part two of the sneak-peek from Tony Slater’s hilarious book, “That Bear Ate My Pants.” If you missed part one, you can read it here.

“That Bear Ate My Pants” is available from Amazon. Please also check out Tony’s excellent website.

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LANGUAGE ADVISORY: For our more sensitive readers, I must point out that some of the language used in the book tends toward the more colorful end of the spectrum—the sorts of things one might hear said by construction workers or a man who just had something dropped on him by construction workers. To protect your delicate sensibilities, I am putting the text below the fold. As for the rest of you stout-hearts, read on: Continue reading “Sneak Peek: “That Bear Ate My Pants” (Part 2)”

Getting Romance Right: by Special Guest, Author Victoria Howard

Author Victoria Howard

The term ‘romance’ encompasses nearly every existing novel genre and writing romance has long been known as the best place for aspiring writers to enter the writing field. Today’s readers don’t just want boy meets girl romances. They want to read a novel where the author skillfully weaves the love story between the protagonists with conflicts, misunderstandings, and obstacles. A story which will keep them glued to the page, desperate to know how the heroine will solve her problem and finally have a meaningful relationship with the hero. Continue reading “Getting Romance Right: by Special Guest, Author Victoria Howard”