Are you an author who is on Goodreads? Then check out these six ways for self-published authors to use Goodreads to network. I haven't tried all of them yet, but I can tell you for a fact that I have found a couple of readers via Goodreads. Also, if you find the right group, interacting with fellow readers on there can be fun. Although, if you're anything like me, it can also cause the list of books you want to read to grow rather long, due to all the excellent books you hear about. But that's sort of the point, isn't it?
Here's an interesting post that discusses what the inciting moment of your story is, and why you should care. Plus, here's another interesting post that discusses The “Sweet 16” First Lines of Your Manuscript. In other words, the elements needed to make your first page one that will get the reader interested enough to want to read on.
When it comes to your plot, coincidences are sometimes fine. On the other hand, an obviously contrived plot is not. So, with that in mind, here are six ways to identify a contrived plot.
When it comes to your characters, you want to make them believable. So, to help you out in that area, here's a great post that discusses the top five character pitfalls, and how to avoid them. Also, here are three ways to write a character you hate, in case that's something you find yourself struggling with.
If you already have all that covered though, and have reached the editing phase with your book, here's a post with advice on How To Proofread Like A Professional.
Now it's time to move on to writing your book's blurb, with some useful tips on how you can generate more book sales with a keyword-powered book blurb.
Lastly, I'll leave you with this advice on creating the time and space you need to write your best work.