Author Archives: Lauren Schmelz



Lauren Schmelz

in Articles, On Writing

When To Keep It Classy

Divas On Writing: When To Keep It Classy   Not all of our writing articles are about novel writing. We also are avid bloggers and post on many forms of social media. When authors of any type blog or chat on places like Facebook and Twitter, it is essentially their face to the world, because let’s be straight, not all authors can come over for...

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14 Jul 2014
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Interview: Author Z. B. Heller

Diva Interview: Author Z. B. Heller   I thought a good interview series would be talking to different authors who write in a variety genres. Romance, mystery, coming of age, sci-fi, horror, etc. The Divas work primarily with independent authors, so there is a large pool to interview from. Today’s interview we’re talking to Z. B. Heller. She writes women’s fiction/literature but it’s largely humor...

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09 Jul 2014
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Start From The End

Quick Tips: Start From The End   I was talking to an author today about overcoming mental blocks. Every author feels these mental blocks while writing from time to time. Sometimes it’s because they haven’t written out a detailed outline or no outline at all. Maybe they are comparing themselves to other authors they see on social media who can pump books out the wazoo...

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01 Jul 2014
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Divas Rec: Trust Me, You Need A Good Editor

Divas Recommend: Trust Me, You Need A Good Editor by Rachelle Gardner   Of course the Divas can’t stress enough how much an author needs a good editor because it’s how we roll. Rachelle Gardner fills you in on the reasons why good editing is essential for every author. From indie to traditionally published and no matter what genre, quality editing is a solid and...

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26 Jun 2014
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Writing Effective Book Reviews

Divas On Writing: Writing Effective Book Reviews On the blog we have covered many topics on writing your novel, but we haven’t talked about writing reviews of books. Reviewers need love, too. Speaking as a book reviewer, I know how hard it can be to write an effective review that has a good balance of criticism and praise. And that is just what I aim...

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16 Jun 2014
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Interview: Brian Sweany, Director of Acquisitions for Recorded Books

Diva Interview: Brian Sweany, Director of Acquisitions for Recorded Books   The Divas have interviewed many professionals in the publishing industry but not in audio publishing. Today we welcome Brian Sweany, Director of Acquisitions for Recorded Books, to the blog. Brian, please share with us how you got into audio publishing and associated with Recorded Books. I started with Recorded Books in 1999 as the...

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11 Jun 2014
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Knowing When To Step Away

Quick Tips: Knowing When To Step Away   Writing a book is hard work. I know this as an editor and as an author. I have written about a bajillion words (okay, not a bajillion, but many, many hundreds of thousands of words) on my own stories, blog posts, reviews, articles, etc. So it’s safe to say I know the amount of blood, sweat, and...

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03 Jun 2014
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Divas Rec: Intelligent Writing, Whether You’re Smart or Not

Divas Recommend: Intelligent Writing, Whether You’re Smart or Not I really liked this quick article about reading over your work. There are some good tips that all writers should use. I, myself, love to read my work out loud as suggested by Cat Woods in her article–sometimes in funny voices, but that’s for my own amusement. http://catwoodsblog.com/2012/02/15/intelligent-writing-whether-youre-smart-or-not/

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29 May 2014
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Where The Heck Are We?

Divas On Writing: Where The Heck Are We?   Recently I read a book for my personal book blog The Flirty Reader that left me scratching my head, and it wasn’t because of a confusing plotline or lack of development. It was the lack of proper setting. In this book the author used many words with British spelling, which would indicate to me that the book...

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19 May 2014
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Interview: Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Elizabeth

Diva Interview: New Indie Authors, Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Elizabeth   Today, we welcome to the blog two new and upcoming authors. Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Elizabeth are a team of women taking the adventurous journey into self-publishing. Their new book Innocents (Dusty #1) is set to release July 14th. With its release looming, the early buzz about their book is starting to explode. The...

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14 May 2014
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