In our writing community, you play an important role

Books & Buzz Magazine, May 2019, Volume 1 Issue 9

A Letter from the Editor

What I like best about Books & Buzz Magazine is our strong sense of community.

After all, it’s our community members who write the articles and columns, appear on the cover, and help spread the word.

Whether you’re a writer who’s sharing your talent with us, or a reader who’s discovering it and passing it along to your friends, you have a very important role to play in our community. At every step along the way, it’s your participation that makes this magazine a success.

The feeling of community is just as strong over at ChapterBuzz, where thousands of feedback comments exchanged between writers and readers have strengthened many a character, and tightened up many a plot. When a group of people help each other like this, we finish our novels faster, publish our books sooner, and reach even more readers. In other words, we all win.

This month, our community members have lots to share:

Tier II Rising Star Author Susan Woerner shares one of her most powerful writing tips with us: a website she uses to transport herself into the minds of her characters, so that she can hear what they’re hearing and feel what they’re feeling. And you may be surprised to find out how simple this technique is.

Next, since I consider community involvement to be the key to writing the best possible book, I’ve put together a guide called The Power of ChapterBuzz: How feedback can help you write the perfect novel. It explains how to use ChapterBuzz to get as much quality feedback from readers on your work-in-progress as you can—and why it’s such a good idea to do so. Think it’s too early to start asking for readers’ opinions? Think again.

On the cover this month is Devon McLaughlin, a four-time published fantasy author based in rural Pennsylvania who hails from a family of writers. In her feature article, she talks about the moment she got hooked on fantasy (when she read The Hobbit in high school), how attending a festival gave her the idea for her latest “twisted fairy tale,” and why she needs to wait for one of her characters to come back from sabbatical before she can finish her series.

Devon has also shared with us an excerpt from Legend of the Blood Raven, a fantasy novel she published in 2015. In the scene you’ll read, a cryptic and momentous prediction is made about Bran, a young dwarf maiden, at a party celebrating her coming of age. “Your people will need you most when you think all is already lost,” the prophecy goes. And that’s just the beginning…

Enjoy this issue of Books & Buzz Magazine, and be sure to head over to ChapterBuzz where there are always plenty of novels springing up, just waiting to be discovered by you!

Happy reading,

Timothy Pike
Editor-in-chief, Books & Buzz Magazine


What’s it like writing novels for a living?

Learn more about TimToday’s writing discussion:

What does a day in the life of a career novelist look like? Maybe you already make your living writing books, or maybe you’re describing your dream “day in the life.”

Either way, what does a typical day look like?

This is what we’re talking about today in our Facebook discussion group, Published Author VIP. You’re invited to join us, whether you are already a published author or plan to be.

Add your comment below, but be sure to join us on Facebook for the real, “insider” discussion!

Meet the winners of the 10K!

Timothy Pike, editor-in-chief of Books & Buzz Magazine

March’s 10K Novel Writing Challenge was a frenzy of pens on paper as all of our authors once again raced to complete 10,000 words by the end of the month. Those who did were eligible for an award—voted on by their fellow participants.

These three writers are kicking off their careers as professional authors the right way: with awards for their works-in-progress.

It’s my pleasure to introduce the latest award winners!

Author Susan WoernerSusan Woerner (Tier II Rising Star Author). Writing from upstate New York and nearly 70 chapters into her fantasy novel, Susan is taking home yet another award for her work-in-progress, Aradia’s Diaspora. This time it’s the Challenge Choice Award! Check out Susan’s work on ChapterBuzz

Author Robert JepsonRobert Jepson (Tier II Newcomer Author). For his adventure novel Shadows Retreat: Sequel to Waters of Salvation, Robert wins the Fan Favorite award. An engineer, artist, writer, and adventurer living on the Isle of Man, Robert has been writing for five years and is polishing a series of works ready for publishing by early 2020. Stay tuned! Check out Robert’s work on ChapterBuzz

Author Marian WoodMarian Wood (Tier II Rising Star Author). Marian is hard at work on The Secret Time Warp, a science fiction novel with an intriguing premise. So many readers found it intriguing, in fact, that Marian walked away with the Most Buzz Award for the month. Check out Marian’s work on ChapterBuzz

Congratulations to the winners, and I look forward to the next Challenge. Be sure to visit these authors on ChapterBuzz!

Happy reading,
Timothy Pike
Editor-in-chief of Books & Buzz Magazine

Authors of the Week: Amara Blackstone and Marian Wood

Right now, we’re in the thick of the 10K Novel Writing Challenge over at ChapterBuzz, and I’ll have to say, some really great novels are taking shape this month.

But this week, two authors really stand out.

Amara Blackstone is working on a novel called Love VIA SMS. Here’s a summary:

The chemistry between them is undeniable, but can they keep their relationship a secret? A chance meeting piques William’s interest in a much younger female colleague, Eva. Years later, they meet again: William’s eyes meet hers and now she knows there is more between them, but she’s always known. Distance, age, and secrets keep them apart, yet they find their way back together, only to be torn apart yet again. Is this soul connection enough to sustain a lasting relationship?

Marian Wood‘s work-in-progress, The Secret Time Warp, is promising a science fiction novel. Here’s the premise:

People have gone missing and the police don’t know what’s happening. I walk to the end of the field and time changes—suddenly I am looking at Woolworths. A young girl reaches out her hand to me, her face is familiar…

Check out these novels and be a part of each author’s journey to publication!

Love via SMS by Amara Blackstone
The Secret Time Warp by Marian Wood

And they’re off! The 10K Novel Writing Challenge has begun

Learn more about TimOn Friday, the 10K Novel Writing Challenge kicked off over at ChapterBuzz. As we speak, writers the world over are filling up page after page of new material for their novels.

And 3 of these books-in-progress will take home awards at the end of the month.

Want to join us? Registration will be cut off soon, but as of today, we can still slip you in through the side entrance—that is, if you think you can catch up and write 10,000 words by month’s end!

Either way, check out the Challenge and see what we’re up to!

Last chance! Writers, the “10K” Challenge starts tomorrow

Learn more about TimWriters, this is your last chance to sign up for the 10K Novel Writing Challenge before it starts first thing tomorrow, March 1st.

I’ve talked about how this is your chance to write the perfect novel, how your writing career could positively blast off next month, and how to use feedback from other writers to your advantage.

Did I mention you can win an award for your novel? Indeed, you could go from “writer” to award-winning author in just one month.

We’re all here, ready to start tomorrow…

All that’s missing is you!

Sign up for the 10K Challenge now

Starts in 2 days! Write 10,000 words in March

The 10K Novel Writing Challenge kicks off on Friday!

So many of our writers have already made the bold decision to write 10,000 words during the month of March. Will you?

Imagine how this could ignite your writing life

You’ll end the month with at least 10,000 new words (that’s several chapters) and possibly an award for your work-in-progress. And if you really get involved, you’ll also receive some great feedback on your work, rack up Fame Points, and gain some new Fans!

Start getting your name out there, and show the world what you’re made of.


Make your novel as awesome as you know it can be!

Enter the Challenge now