Book cover reveal – Hunting for Witches

Lana PecherczykArt & Design2 Comments

After a few weeks of designing and tossing and turning over options, I’ve finished my book cover. I designed it myself using stock imagery from Shutterstock and Photoshop and will be posting a walk through later in the week on how I went about this. I can’t decide on the two but am leaning towards the full photographic version. I feel its something better for the reader to associate with, and gives them a point of reference. Not only that, but it’s got a few teasers subtly in there – spot the crow feathers, the blood and the black witchy … Read More

Nanowrimo Checklist

Lana PecherczykAll, Writing2 Comments

So I’ve just signed up for NaNoWriMo this year – its two weeks away. EEK. For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month – It’s actually International. The aim of the game is to pump out a first draft of a novel in 30 days. That’s a lot of writing and a lot of prep. If you sign up, there’s heaps of help, inspiration and friends online to help you out. You won’t be doing it alone, and guaranteed there will be an area near you where you can meet up with other WriMo’s.

Book cover breakdown

Lana PecherczykArt & Design, Writing0 Comments

How to work out what sort of book cover you should have. I’m waiting for my manuscript to come back from my workshop partner aka sister & fellow reader of the Urban Fantasy genre Nat. While this is happening it’s the perfect time to start work on the cover for my novel. But where to start?

How to be an organised Writer

Lana PecherczykAll, Writing0 Comments

First off, I should point out that I don’t know. If you’ve seen my picture, you will have noticed that I’m a train wreck when it comes to organisation, but never fear… I have a plan!

Choosing a title for your novel

Lana PecherczykAll, Writing2 Comments

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet right? Wrong. Choosing the right title to go with your novel will help not only with your novels branding, but also help your novel stand out from the others. At the very least, a good title will not turn people off your novel. Personally, that’s the only reason a novel will send me packing – if it’s got nothing to do with the blurb. I’ve been lucky to have my title already in mind as I wrote my novel – ‘Hunting for Witches.’ But as I draw my writing to … Read More

Writing Aid – Printable

Lana PecherczykAll, Writing3 Comments

I often find when I’m in the middle of writing and get stuck for the right word to use, that a quick reference vocabulary posters helps. This is a Free printable writing aid you can stick on your wall, download the PDF and resize to a larger poster if needed, or just keep at A4 for quick reference. You can use it in the classroom for some added colour too. What areas do you feel a quick reference guide might help? Perhaps using your senses? (This writing aid is copied from my old blog – butterflyandbear)

The five cardinal sins of a blog post

Lana PecherczykAll, Blogging, Writing0 Comments

Internet readers are a fickle lot, and can make an impression within 3 seconds of landing on your page. So what are the things that steer people towards a bad first impression? Thou shall use not enough white space.  Readers need white space surrounding their words, it gives the brain a break, and a small pause between processing information. If there is too much going on in your page, your reader is more likely to feel flustered, and skip over all the important bits. TIP: Use bullets, lists, quotes and paragraphs to break up text. Thou shall use too much … Read More