How to Get a Book Cover

By Kim Batchelor on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 in BookHive Corp, Self-Publishing. No Comments

When you are looking to self-publish, you are in control of everything about your book, including the cover. Since traditional publishers usually have their own resources for creating the perfect cover for your book, it isn’t something everyone stops to think about until they are faced with the problem of acquiring their own. There are […]

Where to Submit Your Short Stories and Flash Fiction

By Kim Batchelor on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 in BookHive Corp, Research. No Comments

You’ve written a short story. It’s amazing. It’s the best roughly 500 to 30,000 words ever put to page. You are the next Ernest Hemingway! But, first, you need to get published and have someone read your work. Here are some places to consider submitting your short stories. Contests: Sometimes different publishers, newspapers, journals, or […]

Writer’s Digest Annual Conference 2017 Recap

By Kim Batchelor on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 in BookHive Corp, Marketing, Research, Self-Publishing, Writing. No Comments

This previous weekend, August 18-20th, I was lucky enough to attend the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York and represent BookHive as an exhibitor. The conference itself ran for three days, Friday through Sunday, with a few early events taking place on Thursday, and featured many speakers, talks, tables, and pitch opportunities. I, unfortunately, […]

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 […]

Why Fanfiction Should Be Taken Seriously as a Medium

By Kim Batchelor on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 in BookHive Corp, Writing. No Comments

Why Fanfiction Should Be Taken Seriously as a Medium There has been a lot of debate over whether or not fanfiction, also known as derivative fiction, is “real” writing. Some argue that, since it often borrows heavily on its source material, it is cheating or lazy writing. Additionally, since it is often based in fiction […]

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. […]