Topics to Include in a Character Sketch

By Kim Batchelor on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 in BookHive Corp, Novels, Research, Writing. No Comments

A character sketch isn’t a literal drawing of a character – though one may choose to do this as well – but a popular first step in building a character for your story. A character sketch can be helpful in making sure your characters are detailed and fully complex. Not everyone wants to do a […]


The Ins and Outs of Dialogue and Quotation

By Kim Batchelor on Friday, July 28th, 2017 in BookHive Corp, Research, Writing. No Comments

Dialogue is tricky. It is easy to mess it up. I don’t think anyone ever sat me down and taught me how to structure and punctuate quotations, so you shouldn’t be ashamed if you still struggle with it. It took me a long time to be confident. Presented to you here, to the best of […]


A Look At Alternate Writing Applications

By Kim Batchelor on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 in BookHive Corp, Research, Writing. No Comments

Sometimes writing your novel takes a little more than a pen and paper or a blank word document. Luckily, there are many, many applications to help you get to the finish line. Organizational Apps: There are other places to write than Microsoft word or Google docs. One of these options is Scrivener. Scrivener is a […]


What’s the Deal with Show Don’t Tell

By Kim Batchelor on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 in BookHive Corp, Research, Writing. No Comments

It’s a phrase you’ve heard before: “Show don’t tell”. In fact, you’ve probably heard it so many times that it has started to lose all meaning. You repeat the phrase in your head and try to apply it to your writing. You stare at the sentence you’ve just written in a numb state of confusion. […]


Ghostwriting: Not As Scary As It Sounds

By Kim Batchelor on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 in BookHive Corp, Research, Writing. No Comments

Ghostwriters aren’t as scary or mysterious as their name makes them seem. Ghostwriters are hired to help with the production of a novel, articles, social media posts, or other pieces of writing. This can mean a few things: 1. The ghostwriter has been hired to take someone else’s ideas and write the work for them. […]


Deciding on an Editor

By Kim Batchelor on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 in BookHive Corp, Novels, Research, Writing. No Comments

So you’ve finished your manuscript, you’ve written and rewritten, you’ve had beta readers test it, you’ve made every member of your family read it, and then you’ve rewritten it some more, what is the next step? A next step would be to consider looking for a good editor. Before you begin your search, you need […]


An Introduction to Popular Self-Publishing Platforms

By Kim Batchelor on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 in BookHive Corp, Research, Self-Publishing, Writing. No Comments

The idea of self-publishing your novel can be overwhelming, but it needn’t be. In fact, it is easier to self-publish these days, especially with the emergence of the Ebook and other forms of digital publication. Here are some of the more popular and user friendly Self-Publishing options out there right now: Smashwords: Ebook: Cost: Free […]


How To Pitch A Non-Fiction Book

By Kim Batchelor on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 in BookHive Corp, Literary Agent, Research, Writing. No Comments

If you working on or planning a non-fiction book, here are some tips on how to pitch! Unlike in fiction writing, you don’t have to have a complete manuscript to pitch your book; the important thing is your proposal. The proposal is what you will present to a potential editor, agent, or publisher. A good […]


A Unique Point of View: a guide to POV

By Kim Batchelor on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 in BookHive Corp, Research, Self-Publishing, Writing. No Comments

“I am writing a book.” “You are writing a book.” “She is writing a book.” All of these phrases are telling the same story, a book is being written by someone, but they sound very different and evoke a different response. These are the options that an author has when deciding from which point of […]


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