Comps: “What book is your book like?” – Olive

We recently started the querying process and have come across a minor dilemma: some agents ask point blank for comparable titles, aka “comps.” We’re still not really sure how to figure out what our comps are, but here’s what we’ve come up with… Now, we weren’t completely unprepared for this question—we’d thought about it. After…

Books to Write Books, my Writer’s Library – Olive

Sorry about our brief hiatus. Aristen and I have been busy chipping away at OF GOLD AND FIRE after receiving feedback from beta readers. Consequently, we’ve been neglecting our blog a bit. Oops. Anyway, I’m going to share with  you a few of my favorite books that help me write, especially when I’m stuck on a specific problem. As a disclaimer, I…

Cosplay and Crushes – Olive

I mentioned in a series of tweets that one of our beta readers has really gotten into the story: Giggling girlishly, so beyond happy and totally twitterpated, I typed up those tweets and went along my day, satisfied with a job well done. Sure, we have a lot of work to do on the story to…

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…

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…

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…