When was the last time you found yourself standing in introspection, thinking to yourself about your long blonde hair and smooth tan skin? Yeah, probably not recently. And neither should your characters be thinking of themselves in these terms in their narration. Having them looking in a mirror is a little cliche, but okay, I suppose you can get away with it sometimes. But most often, character description is going to come from other characters. And really, it’s okay with me if you only tell us the hero’s eyes are blue once. I don’t care to know about his blue eyes over. And over. And over again. (Ask my authors who have gotten comments such as “Arrrrgh, I get it already, his eyes are freaking blue as the sea. Can we move on now?” lolol) Don’t go overboard on the character description. Sometimes, less really is more.
There is nothing worse than writing a bio. And writing one for your blog sidebar? Blech. Maybe you landed here via Google, followed me from Twitter (does that make you a stalker?) or maybe we met at a conference or you clicked a link from a comment I made at a blog you visited. Hopefully whatever I said didn't make you so mad you came looking for a picture to throw darts at (yep, that's me up above, in my favorite cowboy hat) but instead drove you to find out more about the amazingly witty and intelligent person behind the amazingly witty and intelligent comment.
However you found me, who you found is Angela James, executive editor of Carina Press, Harlequin's new digital-first press. I'm passionate about digital publishing, my mission is to drag people to the digital dark side, one reader (and author) at a time. I'm also Brianna's mommy. At my blog you'll get an odd mix of personal and professional posts about parenting, publishing, books, cooking, sewing and life in general. Come back often, comment frequently and go green—buy ebooks!
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- Blythe Gifford:
"Let me reiterate the point about knowing where the exits/fire stairs are. If there is smoke in the..."
- Ella Quinn:
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- Maria Powers:
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- Jeffe Kennedy:
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