• Who is Represent Publishing?

    We realized recently that we haven’t properly introduced you to the fine folks who make up Represent Publishing. We hope you’ll enjoy getting to know us! Chelsea Lauren Founder of Represent, Editor, and Book Coach What I do at Represent: I started Represent Publishing, so I run the business. I am also the editor, book coach, formatter, and I help writers through the self-publishing process. My published books: I’ve published are Underneath the Whiskey, Simply An Enigma, and I have two short stories in Winter Neverland: An Anthology.  Books I’ve helped publish: Sculpt Yourself by Savy Leiser, Light of Evanora by T.R. Nickel, Mommy and Daddy, Do I Matter? and…

  • Finished my first draft. Now what?

    Congratulations on completing your first draft! Give yourself a pat on the back or a hug, for real. That is no easy feat. Smile, cry, laugh. Allow yourself to feel every emotion that wants to break through. It doesn’t matter if this is your first, tenth, twentieth novel. I don’t believe the feeling of completing a first draft ever dissipates. If it does, I feel like that means it’s time to step away and find the joy in writing again.

  • Show, Don’t Tell Writing Tips

    Showing versus telling. It’s a phrase used countless times in the writing world, yet we all fall victim to it.  In simplest terms, the goal is to allow the reader to step inside the character’s life. You know the cliche, walk a mile in someone else’s shoes? I don’t want to walk in their shoes. I want to be inside the character’s mind. I want to be living their life. Feeling the emotions they have, understanding the relationships they do or don’t have, knowing the environment they wake up in every day. Allow the reader to feel their surroundings as they would. What do they see, smell, taste, hear, and…

  • Software Programs for Writers

    There’s a lot of software programs out there for writers. Some authors like a simple design with no distractions, other like a lot of features to organize their thoughts, keep track of word count, edit, and more. We’ve rounded up some of the top prospects to help you decide which ones will best suit your needs. Grammarly – Free for basic, $139.95/yr for premium Pros: This is a spelling and grammar program that can be used not only for book writing but for emails, social media, and more. You can edit for specific genres. It has browser extensions and mobile apps. Premium features include customized checks for different document types, a…

  • How To Outline Your Novel

    Whether you plan or write by the seat of your pants, I do believe there is a sense of outlining that always happens.  For those who hate planning, this one isn’t for you. While I think those who don’t plan do plan to an extent, they (we) are usually more critical when it comes to advice and tips on planning. I say ‘we’ because I’m sometimes that person. My planning differs for each novel. Let’s set the scene. You’re new to writing a novel. You want to get the story out just so. There must be a plan or a method that all these writers follow to get the recipe…

  • Finding a story idea

    Where do you find story ideas? Often, I’m not sure where my writing ideas come from, and other times, I can pinpoint bits and pieces of my life that have come alive through my writing.  For my debut novel, Underneath the Whiskey, I was inspired by an ex’s father and couldn’t fathom how my ex grew up. While we were together, I asked questions that never got answered. Therefore, my curious mind went to work with the how’s and why’s and possible solutions. After a year of brainstorming, my fingers hit the keys, and my novel came to life. For my second novel, Simply an Enigma, my friend, Brittany Evans,…