Archive for May, 2009

May 04 2009

How to Design Your Blog’s Front Page

Published by under Blogging,Website Design

I provide advice about how to write novels, comic books and graphic novels. Most of my content applies to fiction-writing in general, but I also provide articles specifically about superhero stories.

1.  Make it clear what you offer and why readers should stick around. For example, if you wandered across Superhero Nation, you might stick around because you wanted superhero writing advice or because you want my observations about writing.  The trick is to make this as blatant as possible:  for example, I repeat myself in the title, in the header art, in the page headings, in the side-bar, etc.  Everyone focuses on different elements of the page, so it pays to be redundant.

2.  Stay away from adspeak and flowery language. For example, our title includes the phrase “how to write superhero novels and comic books.”  That’s much more user-friendly than something like “superhero writing insights.”  What’s an insight?  Don’t make readers struggle to translate what you’ve written.

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May 04 2009

How to Handle Politics & Messages Without Infuriating Readers

Jesse Walker of Reason Magazine did an article on the role of politics in superhero stories.


It describes an interesting phenomenon: how superhero stories can brazenly delve into political issues without turning off at least half of the audience.   For example, The Dark Knight and Ironman and Team America all brought up political issues without infuriating either conservatives or liberals.  In contrast, political polemicists like Michael Moore and Ann Coulter can’t even blink without angering the other side.


How is it that superhero stories can do what political writers can’t?  Here are some explanations.

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May 03 2009

Finishing the Job

Published by under Getting Published

I started this website to market a superhero novel I was writing three years ago.  150,000 readers, 6000 hours of writing and editing, 1100 articles, 35 months, four query drafts, three trolls, two changes of genre and one manuscript later… I finally sent a nonfiction proposal to a literary agent today.

If that goes well, I will probably find an agent and a publisher within several months.  Then the hard stuff begins.  Hopefully you will be able to buy a copy of Don’t Forget the Death-Ray!  How to Write Superhero Novels and Comic Books within a year.

Have I mentioned that getting published is pretty hard?

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May 02 2009

I’ve got it!

Published by under Titles

I finally came up with a title that I like enough to use in my proposal.  Don’t Forget the Death-Ray!  Everything You Need to Write Superhero Novels and Comic Books. What do you think?

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May 01 2009

Troy’s Review Forum

Published by under Review Forums

Please see the comments below.  Thanks.

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May 01 2009

I found this Wolverine song a bit amusing

Published by under Comedy

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