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  1. I think this is a good idea. You could add more scenes that are just as subtle throughout the story, especially for those readers who skip prologues. Maybe she doesn't understand how bad it would be and thinks of going out without her bindings until she overhears someone else talking to her father about Leoshine's age because he has a son and he wants to match them. Or maybe she does understand the atrocity of the ritual and one day feels her bindings coming lose and panics to get somewhere private to fix them. This is a really interesting concept. It reminds me of the "breast iron
  2. I think that trying to find an agent is a good first route (at least for me, because I want to prove to myself that I'm good enough of a writer to get one). But, it isn't really about that. It's about what they're interested in, and most won't read past the first paragraph of your query letter if it doesn't catch their attention. I know this for a fact because I've had agents tell me. It's the same as with a book blurb. No matter how awesome your story and writing is, if your story sounds subpar in the description, barely anyone will venture to open the book. I actually contacted a
  3. Hi Josh! I grew up reading Lord of the Rings and the Redwall series.
  4. I use a OneDrive. It's free for 5 GB (Plenty of space for all my documents), and you can access it on any computer! You can sign up for free by typing in OneDrive, New Account. Also, I'm sure there are plenty of YouTube video tutorials out there about it. I almost lost all of my stuff before and was absolutely devastated (school stuff and writing too). This was a great discovery for me, and hopefully it can help you too.
  5. I don't know if you have a Twitter, but I had a query agent refer me to the user @mapporn who is pretty good at making maps for older dates. I'm sure a quick description of how you want it will be enough for them to help. She gave me the suggestion because she said putting a map up on my website would be good for future agents/publishers. I'm not to that point yet, but it is definitely something that I will do in the future.
  6. Hi Jim! It's awesome that you stay so busy!
  7. Hi Grace, it makes me click the "About" page before giving any information about your blog. I think you need to add something to the "Home" page, like a picture of a verse or some kind of information so readers who go directly to your site don't end up lost. Other than that, the "About" page was good.
  8. I actually draw pictures of my characters (or I attempt to) because one character has some facial scars that I occasionally need to remember their exact location on his face. I think it's true that having a physical description of a character early on helps the readers to emotionally connect with them. This can be achieved by them looking in a mirror, or have them think that people are looking at his scars (in my character's case). Or, maybe the point of view changes, and another character describes them. Some (very talented) writers can get around this, such as the character's int
  9. Not always! Some of the most successful romance novels have flowers on the cover, whether they be painted or an actual picture. Then add a fancy font and a good color scheme. Or, make use of websites like Unsplash or Pixabay. These are what cover designers will actually use then charge you hundreds of dollars for because the pictures on these websites are copyright free. I use these all the time for my projects and blog posts. I would at least give a shoutout to the photographer though. Whether you go the traditional route or a self-publishing route, I would have an idea of what I
  10. My name is Christian. God gave me a calling as a writer when I was sixteen (Psalm 45:1 KJV), but since college classes, a new full-time job, and lots of other responsibilities have come into my life, I haven't had much of a chance to write. Well, it's time to make time, and I wanted to find a good, like-minded community to get some advice from and to help encourage me. I experiment with just about every genre, including poetry, but my current story is Historical Fiction. I love history (think medieval / ancient times), but I'm a fan of any story that is interesting and profound eno
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