How to Write That Sci-Fi Novel You Always Wanted To Write

Let’s get one thing straight; sci-fi books are totally badass. They get to explore a place and space that has never been explored because everything – every last little detail – is brewed in the dark recesses of your freaking awesome mind. There is just one Game Of Thrones sized wall to overcome, and that is writing a sci-fi novel ain’t easy.


So, here’s my advice:


1. Never Try To Write A Best-Seller

The reason being, you can’t. It is impossible. Best-sellers are not only subjective and unexpected, they are part of trends that come and go, so if you are trying to write a best-seller that is part of a current trend, well, sorry sweetheart, but you are already behind. Anyway, it’s like we said, no one knows what is going to be a success and every successful author has had to fight for their place.

2. Write The Book You Want To Stay Up All Night Reading

There is one really quick way to failing as a writer, and that is to write a book that you wouldn’t read. There is just no point in it. Writing is a craft that needs love, attention, intrigue and bloodthirsty lust; so only write the things you want to write and the things you want to read. If you don’t love it no one else will. Simple.

3. Sit Down And Start Typing

So many people want to write a book but they don’t want to put in the work. They want to have written a book. Maybe they will try for a bit, before realising how long and arduous the process of writing is. But sitting in a chair and tapping away persistently and determinedly is the only way you’ll ever get that best-seller written. Write, write and then write some more. We get better with every page we sculpt, remember that.

4. Cardboard Characters Will Always Suck

Sure, writing a cool world with loads of cool stuff is cool, but it isn’t enough. What makes a story is the characters, people or things that we can bond with and care about and relate to. They are the main source of awesomeness when it comes to being sympathetic in a sentence, the thing that will get hairs standing up and tears rolling down cheeks and, maybe, just maybe, fists punching the air. If people don’t care about your characters then they aren’t going to care about the cool world you have created.

5. Forget About Anything But Your Writing

If you want to have a best-selling book more than anything then you may find you’ll be disappointed. This is because it is impossible to control all the variables that it takes to achieve that success; the marketing, the timing, the agents and publishers, the media and the landscape. Instead, focus on just one thing; writing a book that is as good as you can get it. Write a book that you are totally proud of. A book that you want to read and that others will want to read to. Forget the best-seller thing, it is out of your control. Just up your chances by writing something amazing.

 

September’s “Back-to-School” Bash Blog Tour!

Back-to-SchoolFor the month of September, my blog tour theme is “Back-to-School” Bash! I’ll be featuring all sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and paranormal books that fit the following criteria:

  • Written for New Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Children’s Level, or any “school-age” audience (no General Adult fiction please!), AND/OR, 
  • Take place in a school or educational setting

Wanna submit your book for a special feature on this blog tour? Read all the instructions below!

How to Qualify for the “Back-to-School Bash” Blog Tour!

Your book must:

  • Be independently published.
    • Here’s a definition of what I consider to be independently published work or authors: “Independent book publishers include small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.”
  • Be in the sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or paranormal genres
  • Be professionally edited, well-written, and have a professional cover
  • Be written by, for, or about a New Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Children’s Level, or any “school-age” audience (no General Adult fiction please!). OR, the story must take place in a school or educational setting!

Other important notes:

  • Whether or not your book will be admitted to the blog tour is at my discretion and is also dependent on overall book quality, cover quality, and available space.

How to Submit Your Book!

These are the three things I’ll need from you:

1. Your Author Media Kit, which can include any or all of the following:

  • love support indie authors booksAn author bio
  • An author pic
  • A book blurb
  • A book cover
  • A book trailer (If you have links to embed videos (for a book trailer or what not), feel free to include the links in your press kit as my blog is fully equipped to accommodate all types of media!)
  • An excerpt from your book
  • Book reviews or book review excerpts
  • Supplementary pics, banners, and/or illustrations to put into the blog post (or to put into your book excerpt)
  • An author interview
  • An audio reading from one of your works
  • A series listing or series book cover gallery (if you have multiple works and want to advertise not only your new book, but your prolific career and backlist as an author)
  • Links to your website and social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, GoodReads, Google+, Blogger, Tumblr, Instagram, etc)
  • Buy links to where your book is for sale
  • Suggested post tags and hashtags for when I post the blog on my website AND for when I advertise the blog through my social media outlets (i.e. #urbanfantasy, #weneeddiversebooks, etc)
  • Any other cool or unique materials that you feel put your book in a cool light!

Please send these materials in either Word or PDF format.

What you send in your media kit is up to you, your comfort level, and what you think would put your book in the best light.

2. State very clearly in your email what specific GENRE your work is in.

Don’t just say it’s fantasy. Lol! If it’s a Young Adult epic fantasy romance, then let me know! The more specific, the better, and the easier it is to assign categories and tags to your book so that it can find its niche audience.

3. Send #1 and #2 to colbyrrice@rebelragdoll.com.

Whether you’ll be featured or not, I’ll get back to you on the status of your post!

Thanks all, and I look forward to hyping up your stuff!

Keep it indie,
<3 Colby

More FREE ebooks! Digital Book Day has been EXTENDED for another 24 hours!

DIGITAL BOOK DAY has been EXTENDED for another 24 hours!!

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Apparently, this promotion is so hott and so internet-destroying that we had to extend it just so that you all had more time to get all the books you wanted!

So yeah, again, we 407 bestselling indie authors in the genres of Sci-fi & Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery, Romance, YA, General / Historical Fiction, and Non-Fiction all got together and asked:

“HM! How do we make our readers even MORE mega happy?”.

And we answered, “FREE STUFF for yet ANOTHER DAY!”

So, yes. 407 FREE books all for your summer reading pleasure, my friends. Check us out by clicking the banner above or clicking HERE, and enjoy!

Time’s limited, though, so get your free ebooks before midnight tonight (07/15)!

P.S. This promotion is so hott and getting so popular that the Digital Book Day website occasionally conks out. Please be patient and keep visiting for your free books!

Happy reading, and of course, keep it indie!
<3 Colby

Free Ebooks for TODAY ONLY!

If you missed the announcement in the side bar…

TODAY is DIGITAL BOOK DAY! CHYEAH!!

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For the next 24 hours ONLY!

Basically, 407 bestselling indie authors in the genres of Sci-fi & Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery, Romance, YA, General / Historical Fiction, and Non-Fiction all got together and asked:

“HM! How do we make our readers mega happy?”.

And we answered, “FREE STUFF!”

So, yes. 407 FREE books all for your summer reading pleasure, my friends. Check us out by clicking the banner above or clicking HERE, and enjoy!

P.S. This promotion is so hott and getting so popular that the Digital Book Day website occasionally conks out. Please be patient and keep visiting for your free books!

Happy reading, and of course, keep it indie!
<3 Colby