2019 ATK Blog Roundup

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Another year is in the books! Here at All The Kissing, our mission is to bring you resources that you can use no matter where you’re at in your publishing journey. We love how much our community has grown, and the articles and podcasts produced here are a reflection of that! And so, I’ve put together this 2019 ATK blog roundup to highlight some of the pieces we’ve put out this year.

2019 ATK Blog Posts

We covered a lot of topics this year, so the following is by no means an exhaustive list. But, here are a few articles from a variety of different themes we touched upon!

  1. How to Get Started in Self-Publishing
  2. What to Do (and How Not to Go Insane) While You Have a Book on Submission
  3. Creating Realistic Characters
  4. What is a Writing Retreat, and Why Should I Bother?
  5. Finding Readers and Critique Partners (and How to Ask Them for Help)
  6. 5 Basics for Writing Sex Scenes
  7. 6 Questions to Ask Before You Write a Sex Scene
  8. Romance Settings and World-Building
  9. Every Diversity Post
  10. Every Author Spotlight
  11. Every Podcast

Recognize some of these titles? Yes? No? Either way, let’s do a quick recap!

1. How to Get Started in Self-Publishing

This article was part of our January series on self-publishing. It covers the ins and outs of getting started, from perfecting your manuscript, to hiring an editor, to cover decisions, and marketing plans. This is one post you don’t want to miss!

2. What to Do (and How Not to Go Insane) While You Have a Book on Submission

This article is full of great tips for those on the submission journey (or those who’re about to be!). While there’s no surefire answer to when or how your book will be picked up, this post has plenty of advice to keep you going strong.

3. Creating Realistic Characters

When it comes to creating authentic characters, this post has you covered. From descriptions, to expressions, to inner narratives, and more, the advice in this article is sure to help you out!

4. What is a Writing Retreat, and Why Should I Bother?

2019 marked the first year ever that we held an ATK writing retreat, so for the month of April, we focused on these writerly getaways. This post breaks down what a writing retreat is and what to expect!

5. Finding Readers and Critique Partners (and How to Ask Them for Help)

Finding the right person to help you with your work can be hard. How do you go about meeting these magical people? Fortunately, this post gives you some advice on how to find them and how to ask for help.

ATK Blog Post Readers

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6. 5 Basics for Writing Sex Scenes

S-E-X, sex, sex, sex! A good sex scene can find its home in a romance book, but there are some basics that you might want to check out. It’s more than just inserting Tab A into Slot B.

7. 6 Questions to Ask Before You Write a Sex Scene

And, because sex is such a fun theme for articles, we have even more of it! After mastering the basics, you’ll want to ask yourself these six questions to make sure your sex scene has a time and place in your work.

8. Romance Settings and World-Building

World-building is crucial to ground your readers in your story. In this article, you’ll find some great tips for creating convincing scenes based off your subgenre. From contemporary to sci-fi, we’ve got you covered!

9. Every Diversity Post

It was impossible to pick just one of these amazing pieces! We had a lot of fantastic contributors this year, and these posts about diversity highlight just that.

ATK Blog Post Diversity

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10. Every Author Spotlight

From contemporary to fantasy romance and more, we featured a lot of amazing authors this year! No matter what your preferred subgenre is for reading, your bound to find an author here who’s book just might tickle your fancy.

11. Every Podcast

Where would we be without our lovely hosts and their soothing voices? They’ve covered a wide range of topics this year with all sorts of guests. Not to mention, they come up with some pretty funny names, like “Pants Feelings.” Be sure to catch up on any episodes you may have missed!

To the New Year

As I mentioned earlier, this is no way an exhaustive post. I could go on and on about all the amazing contributors and pieces we’ve had this year, but then this post would turn into a novella all its own! So, you’re better off reading through the archives at your own pace. Here’s to 2020 and the posts we’re sure to have in the future!


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Maxym M. Martineau
Maxym M. Martineau is a staff writer and editor by day, and a fantasy romance author by night. When she’s not getting heated over broken hearts, she enjoys playing video games, sipping a well-made margarita, binge-watching television shows, competing in just about any sport, and of course, reading.

Following her passion, Maxym earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Arizona State University. She is represented by Cate Hart of Harvey Klinger Literary Agency. Her debut, Kingdom of Exiles, is out now.
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