Author Archives: Caitlin McKenna

The paperback Goodreads giveaway is now live until November 11th!

In celebration of Indie Author Day, I’m running a giveaway of my debut space opera novel on Goodreads! Because I love Goodreads and the community it provides for writers and readers, and because who doesn’t like free books? Enter until … Continue reading

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Life Changes

Hi everyone,  Phew. This year has been intense, for reasons both good and not so good. However, it is with wholehearted excitement that I write today to share some personal news: after months of planning and saving up, my partner … Continue reading

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Interpreting Reviews – A Writer’s Guide

I got my first reader review on Goodreads about a week ago *cue the champagne*. Overall, it was positive, with a couple areas of critique that got me thinking about the eternal question for writers and other artists: how do … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name? Titling a Book

Confession: I dread coming up with titles. It’s hard in part because so much is riding on it: not only does every book or short story need a title, but the title is an essential part of the book’s first … Continue reading

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Upcoming Space Opera Release – ABSENCE OF BLADE

I’m excited to announce the release of my debut novel, Absence of Blade, coming September 2017! Absence of Blade is the start of a new space opera series set against a backdrop of interstellar strife. On a contested world, a … Continue reading

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So You Want to Write a Book Series Part 3: Creating Continuity

I’ve seen a lot of writers talk about the importance of writing book series to gain and keep readers, especially as an independent author. But what they don’t often discuss is how to write a great book series, one that … Continue reading

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So You Want to Write a Book Series Part 2: Managing Plot and Character

I’ve seen a lot of writers talk about the importance of writing book series to gain and keep readers, especially as an independent author. But what they don’t often discuss is how to write a great book series, one that … Continue reading

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So You Want to Write a Book Series Part 1: Choosing a Structure

I’ve seen a lot of writers talk about the importance of writing book series to gain and keep readers, especially as an independent author. But what they don’t often discuss is how to write a great book series, one that … Continue reading

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“I Finished My Novel … Now What?”

“This is not the end. This is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” – Winston Churchill I finished writing a novel last Friday. The first draft is now complete at … Continue reading

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Writing Convincing Aliens Part 3: Interstellar Relations

This series is intended to help writers brainstorm the elements that go into creating convincing aliens. It can also be applied to creating convincing nonhuman fantasy creatures, artificial intelligences, and so on. My science fiction novel, Absence of Blade (coming … Continue reading

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