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…

More Inspiration: The DiRel – Olive

(Photo cred.: https://www.flickr.com/photos/goddesssherry/105370244/) This is one of a series of posts about inspiration for the novel we’ve written, OF GOLD AND FIRE. The DiRel people – A people ruled by Women Some of the inspiration for the DiRel society, the group that one of our main characters belongs to, comes from the Mosuo (or “Na”) people, a…

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…

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…

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…

OF GOLD AND FIRE, the first book in the Azura’s Chosen series – Olive

Here’s some information on OF GOLD AND FIRE in the form of a short elevator speech (work in progress): From high in mountains of the southern wastelands, Astara DiRel knew nothing of civilization before slavers in flying beasts stole her away from her isolated but peaceful tribe. After surviving Indoctrination, being infused with the potent magical power…