Author: Ronel van Tonder

Ronel van Tonder is a science fiction author from South Africa. Having recently completed her dark, dystopian sci-fi trilogy, The Corrupted SUN Script, she's hard at work penning a new standalone sci-fi novel, The Seventh Glitch. When she's not writing, Ronel spends her free time slaying rendered baddies in the form of robots, gangsters and aliens - with any weapon that happens to be at hand.

So I’ve reached an impasse regarding the book cover for my latest novel, Compile:Quest. Some feedback I received remarked that it was a bit too ‘old-school’ or more ‘fantasy’ than science-fiction. Also, that it didn’t fully convey the dark, gritty nature of the novel, and made it look too ‘Y/A’.

Okay, enough quotation marks. I decided to create a new cover, and let everyone I know (and even those I don’t) put it to a vote. If you haven’t read the book then you can still vote based on which cover intrigues you and might make you click on it when browsing online.

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Ultimate Scrivener World Building Template

So you write science-fiction. Or fantasy. And with great world- and character-building comes great responsibility. And a butt-load of reference sheets, research papers, sticky notes and eventual decline into madness.

But what if you could keep track of everything? What if you didn’t completely forget to give your new religion their own mantra, or assign a specific colour to your new race’s feet?

I have a solution for you. I call it: The Ultimate Scrivener Universe Builder Template for Novels. (or USUBT4N for short)

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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. The Kingdom Lights is a YA Fantasy set in the realm of Gardarel. This mystical floating city is the home of Celes, a boy that discovers he’s an Invoker capable of powerful magic. Celes is sent to study magic at a school in the Kingdom of Lights. Besides struggling with a new school and trying to make friends while avoiding making enemies, Celes finds himself in the middle of an insidious plot that threatens his entire world.

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So six months, one novel later and suddenly I have all this free time on my hands. Great, except… I’d rather still be writing. I think I’ll describe what I’m going through as some type of post-publishing depression. Similar to postpartum depression – not because I have any idea what it would be like, but because that’s how I imagine it to be.

Of course there are still more books to write. But I promised my better half that I would take a break. I had been working at this novel like a demon (read: tension headaches and other burnout-related disorders).

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So over the years I’ve been exposed to quite a few programs and websites, all that claim to help authors write better, faster, easier – whatever. Some of them work, some of them don’t. I’ve created a list of some of the programs I just wouldn’t be able to live without.

The links to all these amazing must-haves are at the end of the list.

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I’ve always been an introvert. A self-conscious recluse who preferred to stay at home rather than venture into the great (scary) outdoors. Not quite agoraphobic… but close enough.

When I started writing the first novel of the Corrupted Sun Trilogy, I had to be sure that the novel would be received with open arms. But I had to find those arms first. I didn’t want my first self-published novel to be released into a world so full of the modern-day noise of publishing that it would quietly slip under the water again without having attracted the least bit of attention.

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