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. […]


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 […]