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…

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…

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…

What do you call world building while on the toilet? – Aristen

An infodump! /cue laughtrack “I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going…

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…

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…