It All Starts Here (Marketing)

Its so revealing, so exciting, I have no choice but click and learn more. Getting a reader to pull your book from the shelf or to click though to your book’s page is the prime purpose of your cover. Today I’ve asked three cover designers to give us insight on marketing, specifically covers. They also […]

Flash Fiction Friday!

It’s FRIDAY, y’all!   Hi, all! *waves madly*  I’m joining Darynda in hosting Flash Fiction Fridays. But I’m going to do things a little differently. Yeah, I march to the beat of a slightly out of tune drum. Once a month, I’ll give you a writing prompt, dialogue prompt, or idea prompt. I’ll even give […]


        In my continuing search for the magic formula for writing the perfect first line, here is another “guideline” that makes a great deal of sense. Vivid, as I discussed in my last post is good. It is eye catching. It makes the reader stop and look. However, once you get them […]

Ruby Tuesday – Heather McCollum!

Hi, everyone! I got the pleasure this month of interview Heather McCollum for our Ruby Tuesday feature! I’ve known Heather for a while, of course (since we both became Rubies in 2009 ), so I’m excited to highlight her and her latest book, THE HIGHLAND OUTLAW! Take it away, Heather . . . I am […]

Happy Mentor Monday!

It’s that time of the month again…no, not that one! This one! Mentor Monday! Today is the day for questions! Like what do you do when you get struck in a scene? How long should you keep an agent not selling your work? How do I make my heroine more likable? Who is buying young […]


WELCOME BACK TO FLASH FICTION FRIDAY!   This week we will have an ENTIRE 50 words to tell our stories, so today’s writing prompt will be a first line. And one lucky writer will win a 3-page critique from our very own Heather McCollum!!!     Since today is the first day of November, and […]

Goals: Do You NaNo?

It’s the end of the month, which means it’s time to talk goals moving into November!  And as many writers know, November is NaNo Month. One of the questions you get asked a lot as a writer is how you do it.  How do you finish the book, how do you get published, how do […]

Brainstorming the Gates

It’s that time again.  The last Monday of the month when we devote the blog to brainstorming. Here’s your opportunity to ask other writers to help you fix a problem with your character’s arc, the plot of the story, or any other matter relating to the your current work in progress. Here’s how the brainstorming […]


HELLO INK SLINGERS!  Welcome back to Flash Fiction Friday!  Today I have a super fun giveaway, but first let’s get down to business.      I thought we’d continue in the “spirit” (get it?) of Halloween and write our stories based on something, ANYTHING, scary. Ghosts, a haunted house, vampires, zombies, werewolves, broken dolls, scary […]

Wordsmith Wednesday: Strong Opening Paragraphs

Welcome to Wordsmith Wednesday: Strong Opening Paragraphs! In this monthly feature, we’ll analyze strong opening paragraphs by looking at examples from both published books and unpublished manuscripts. In last month’s column, I invited members of our Ruby community to submit their own Opening Paragraphs for kudos and feedback.  Our first volunteer is Kylie!

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  • Autumn Jordon: You’re very welcome. I learned a lot.
  • Bev Pettersen: Such a helpful post, Thanks Autumn. And also thanks to Vivi, Rae and Judy!
  • Autumn Jordon: Everyone of these cover designers is so talented. I wish I had their eye for detail.
  • Autumn Jordon: I totally agree, Kate. I think it takes a certain eye to make an awesome cover.
  • Autumn Jordon: They did a amazing job answering my questions, didn’t they. I also learned a lot.