110 Tips for Authors: 51-60

Barbara Billig is the author of “The Nuclear Catastrophe”, a fiction novel of suspense


and “#Betrayal”, a technothriller, based on truth.


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JULY 1, 2014 BY

MCS BLOG 10Do you need tips or advice on improving your author career? Read on! (If you would like the complete list of 110 Tips for Authors, email AuthorRonKnight@aol.com and label the email, “120 Tips”.)

51: Watch the experts. Look in the bookstore and gaze at the shelves. What do you see? What will be popular next year? Five years from now? Start working on that idea.

52: Exhaust all possibilities. After trying everything you will become limited to which way you should go next. Look at those limited options as useful. With no other ways to go, how can you go wrong?

53: A quick exchange using dialogue to illustrate a scene or plot twist can be more powerful than description.

54: The more you know about your genre and writing, the more value you are to others. The more value you are to others, the more opportunities you will have. The more opportunities you have, the more money you will make.

55: Go through your manuscript and look for overuse of adjectives. Example of an author pushing description down a reader’s throat: “Jeff was wise not to battle the bright, hot, sunny, day, because it was so dusty, yet smoggy.”

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56: The description of a scene can be slow and drawn out unless the author is only writing the important essentials. Do not over describe.

57: Grip the reader. Hold the reader. Never let go of the reader. Your book should read like it’s going a hundred miles per hour.

58: Delete all cliché’ phrases. “I’m in the twilight zone.” Or, “He was wondering if this was just a nightmare and he would wake up soon.” Instead, use clever description or dialogue to reveal your character’s feelings.

59: Have a book with you at all times. If you are waiting for something, then you have the opportunity to read.

60: Watch movies with the subtitles on. Understand why lines were written a certain way. Figure out why each word is important to that scene. It will be the same with your book; every word has a significant meaning.

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A Fiction Novel of Suspense.

A Fiction Novel of Suspense.


A Fiction Novel of Survival

A Fiction Novel of Survival


"#Betrayal" wins in the Best First Chapter category in the 2014 Fiction Challenge from UP Authors awards!

“#Betrayal” wins in the Best First Chapter category in the 2014 Fiction Challenge from UP Authors awards!

About Barbara Billig

Hi! I am Barbara Griffin Billig and I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis at age nineteen with a degree in biology and chemistry. After teaching for several years in St. Louis, Southern California seemed to be calling. There I started and worked at a variety of businesses including pet shops, restaurants, and a real estate brokerage firm. Deciding to take a sabbatical from the business world for several years I wrote, in conjunction with another teacher, Bett Pohnka, “The Nuclear Catastrophe”. This fiction novel portrayed what ultimately came to pass with 3 Mile Island, Chernobyl, and the Japan Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown. A new updated edition of this is available as an EBook for the kindle. An updated paperback version entitled“THE DISQUIET SURVIVORS of The Nuclear Catastrophe” is now also available. In 2014 the sequel was published: "#Betrayal, a nuclear fiction novel of survival"
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