Progress Check on OF GOLD AND FIRE – Olive

Phew. OF GOLD AND FIRE is currently in the hands of a select few beta readers, and we recently received feedback from some of them. We are so excited! Why might we be excited about people coming in and picking apart our story? Because above all, most of the feedback we received was positive and constructive. I’m so impressed with…

How Beta Reading can make YOU a Better Writer – Olive

If you’re wondering what beta reading is, check out my post on editing, The Quest to find the Perfect(ish) Editor, for an explanation. I beta read for a couple of reasons. First, I beta read because I feel like I owe it to other aspiring authors to help them with their work. It’s a shark filled pond…

Inspiration for OF GOLD AND FIRE: Setting and Slavery – Olive

As I know we will talk about in other posts, much of our inspiration comes from the places we’ve visited and the people we’ve met. I know we’re not unique in that; most writers/authors find inspiration from the world around them. There are even memes that support it… Central Asia There has been collectively a…

Twitter Pitch Contests (Take Two), #SFFpit, and What is #NA? – Olive

Our first foray into Twitter pitch contests yielded nothing. After not having received any  , we decided to try our hand again at another contest called #SFFpit. This time, happily we had better luck. The Tweets This contest’s rules were slightly different. First, you could tweet up to ten times. Whoa. Now, we didn’t. Frankly,…

The Quest to find the Perfect(ish) Editor – Olive

Thus far in our epic adventure in publishing, the task that has given me (personally) the most stress has been finding our perfect(ish) editor. I’ve learned a bit since I began, and here’s the roll up. Aristen has mentioned how there are some scammers out there: $500 WE HANDLE EVERYTHING! I wonder what kind of product would…

Twitter Pitch Contests, AKA BRUTALITY – Olive

We tout ourselves as pretty clever and very creative individuals, Aristen and I. But when sitting in front of my phone yesterday trying to write up micro-pitches on the Twitter Contest #PitMad, we were both stressing. Here’s the tweets we used: Yes, stressing so much that I used the wrong hashtag (it’s #pitmad not #pitchmad)….

You’re writing a book. Nobody cares. – Olive

I’ve been writing with Aristen since we were probably six–that’s right, six years old, for a total of about 27 years. We’ve been friends since kindergarten, and I have vivid memories of standing up (probably on my chair because I was a wild child) during our class after Aristen returned from a family trip to Thailand….

Editing. It’s awful. But… – Olive

It is awful. But there is one thing. I actually like rereading our story. It might seem odd, no matter how many times I’ve read it, I still enjoy it. Certain parts I tend to read over and over, tweaking and adding. So far, we’ve edited ourselves by hand. While I’m an attorney, I tend…

How we write, two – Olive

Some people have asked how we write together as most authors write solo, and that’s hard enough. There are other well known authors who write under one singular pen name such as James S. A. Corey, the pen name of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, who wrote the Expanse series. There is a way, friends! Aristen…

The Cover Art of OF GOLD AND FIRE – Olive

The first time I saw the completed cover art for OF GOLD AND FIRE, I felt like my body had suddenly been submerged in water that was neither hot nor cold. I felt weightless, like my feet left the ground yet I was still sitting in my living room, roof firmly above my head. Morale…