Writing Advice

Why are Beta-Readers special?


The beta-reader is the most important card in your editing arsenal.

Yes. You read correctly. While the editor can weed out typos and suggest changes in the storyline to fill plot holes, the beta-reader does what must be done.

He/She locates the minor glitches that can derail a great book. I know not everyone goes hunting for typos but grammar Nazis are out there.

Almost always, these people work for free, and their efforts go largely unnoticed by the average reader.

Most authors I know acknowledge their beta-readers, and they should. If you ask me there should be a day dedicated to these tireless folks.

So if you’re a writer, and have beta-readers, do ’em a favor.

Tell them how much you love them.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various published novels and short stories. Please follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, publishing, and life. By subscribing to his blog posts you’ll have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. Sorry! Spam not included.


The Power of Fathers


Now that Father’s Day is upon us I decided to share something about my Father. Why you ask? Isn’t this a blog about writing?

Yes. It is. But without some kind guidance from my father, I may of never been a writer. Let me explain.

Back in 1985, I had written a few stories in 5th Grade and then for some odd reason I quit. Call it peer pressure or lack of faith. That appeared to be the end of my writing.

Not quite.

Enter 2003. I had just returned from an unsuccessful stint in Florida where I had tried finding a job, and instead found myself lacking direction. My family had warned me not to go since the job market down there at the time wasn’t booming. But I went anyway, call it youthful stubbornness. We all know that at that age it’s not cool to listen to your parents. And besides, I knew everything, or so I thought.

Now in August 2003, back home in Virginia, with no job, or direction, something happened. Something unexpected.My father gave me some advice. And guess what? I listened. He told me to write. Not for money, or profit, not to become famous. He said do it for writing’s sake. He told me that I had tossed aside a valuable gift years ago, and I owed it to myself to return to it. To be true to my talents. That gift was, you guessed it, writing.

So I did something that was strangely alien for me. I took my father’s advice. And I wrote. I read books on writing. And I wrote. I amassed rejection slips from publishers and agents. And I wrote. I researched the market. And I wrote. I penned 3 novels that never saw the light of day. And I wrote.

Then in 2013 I decided to enter the independent writing arena. I made marketing mistakes like all new indie writers but I learned from them while publishing 7 works I’m proud of. It’s still trial and error, but that’s the beauty of life isn’t it? Learning from those experiences and making myself a better writer, and a better person. Have my books sold millions? Nope. But I love what I do. Writing what I love and having people read and comment on my work. Good or bad reviews, every person who’s read my work cannot deny my love for writing. The passion in my heart when I write about what I love, without fear of whether it will sell or not. That’s the best kind of writing. Where the best stories come from. Believe me.

Ok. So let’s get back to Father’s Day. My Father isn’t a man who hands out praise unless it’s warranted, but he’s happy to see me happy, and always mentions that when we sit down to talk about my writing ,and where it has taken me as a person.

So on Father’s Day, or any day for that matter. When your Father or any Father-Figure in your life tries to give you sound advice. Listen. It may just change your life.

That’s the Power of Fathers.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs regularly about writing and self-improvement. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. If you do this he will dance on his hands.

Writing Advice

How Love improves writing


Do you want to improve your writing? Sure. Who doesn’t. Here’s one simple trick to make sure your output mirrors your writing goals. What am I talking about? Emotion. Or more specifically, Love.

Yes. Love. You read correctly.

In order to craft your best work, you have to shelve all negativity. Negativity is the assassin of creativity. It’s that simple.

Instead focus on some good things. Like whatever makes you happy. Use the emotion of hope to egg you on to better things and watch your writing take off. If you like, put on some music in the background, or listen to motivational tapes if that’s your thing.

Put positive emotions to work for you.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs 4-5 times a week about writing, self-publishing, and sales & marketing. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.

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New YA series coming in 2015


As always, we’re busy here at LeopardKingSaga.com. In addition to my Flagship series “Leopard King Saga” and my second series, the sci-fi themed “Mindcop Dossiers” I’ve been planning to do a YA series for all my YA/NA friends out there.

It’s currently in the planning stages but the title of this new YA project is “American Legends” and its slotted to be a trilogy of books. The first book is titled “Guns And Dogs” and will contain Urban Fantasy elements.

I’m planning on releasing “Guns And Dogs” sometime next year. I’ll have updates as new information becomes available. In the meantime, check out the cover for “Guns And Dogs”.

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The GREAT SALE Continues….Buy one, get TWO MYSTERY GIFTS for free!!!

Dear Readers,

For the past few days I’ve been running a sale on all amazon.com global websites for my debut novel, THE LEOPARD VANGUARD. This is to commemorate the release of my new novel, THE LEOPARD STRATAGEM, coming September 23rd.

Now, for two days only, SEPTEMBER 6th & 7th, if you purchase THE LEOPARD VANGUARD for 99 cents, I’ll also give you TWO more eBooks for FREE!!! Just send me your receipt for THE LEOPARD VANGUARD and I’ll send you the two free eBooks from my fiction line-up. Please note that you must send your amazon.com receipt to LeopardKingSaga@gmail.com and write a brief review on amazon.com(or any of the amazon global websites) for THE LEOPARD VANGUARD to qualify for the two free eBooks.

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Favorite book titles of all time?


There are thousands of great books written down the centuries that are timeless, and the titles that define them. So which titles, and there are sure to be many, stand out best in your minds? And why? What is it about these titles that has made this book timeless in society? Or for that matter timeless in your heart and soul?

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The Leopard Vanguard & Kill Zombies now featured on acclaimedbooks.com

Tome One

I’m very happy to announce my partnership with acclaimedbooks.com who have kindly offered to list both “The Leopard Vanguard” and “Kill Zombies” on their website.

To check out either book please click the cover image above.

Once again thanks to Pete at acclaimedbooks.com for his kindness.