Celebrating the Best of Royalene Doyle
and her fantastic Conversations
Royalene’s first post for us was way back in 2013, almost six years ago. Can you remember what you were doing six years ago? Luckily for us, the archives of our blog have preserved Royalene’s thoughts from the time, and they’re wonderful thoughts indeed. Here, in her first ever blog post for Self Publishing Advisor, Royalene captures what it means to feel (and to forget to feel) what it means to be a newly published author. As someone with experience on both sides of the self-publishing divide—Royalene has provided a variety of editing and assistive services, as well as published her own books—she found herself ruminating on what is valuable about that newness, that new-minted feeling. A hint? It has to do with passion. And over the last six years, we’ve seen plenty of that most important of all things, passion, pouring out through Royalene’s “Conversations” post. We highly recommend that you take a look at this, her first, her marquee blog post! She also delves into some tips and tricks for writing books in the self-help genre, specifically for authors looking to give other authors advice.
Speaking of advice for writers of genre, this next blockbuster success of a “Conversations” post comes from 2015, two years into Royalene’s tenure on Self Publishing Advisor. In this post (titled, cleverly, “Saints and Science Fiction”) Royalene examines the ins and outs of a very different genre, one in which convention and the confounding of convention are equally important features. The advice Royalene gives is, as always, incisive in its observation as well as enduringly humane. She draws upon her own experience and the experience of her friend, an author in the genre, and the methods and processes by which he created his works. And if you’re wondering if this is only ever going to be useful to authors of science fiction—it’s not! In this blog post, Royalene and her friend provide a series of motivations to keep authors of all genres in “the zone” and in love with their project. One of the greatest takeaways is the use of what they term a “Motivation Diary,” and you can be sure we’re thinking long and hard about whether to add this to our own lives right now as we face life on the blog without Royalene. She was (and remains, albeit more distantly) our greatest cheerleader and motivator.
Our final “best of” post for the day also touches on genre, only this time the genre in question isn’t lifestyle/self-help or science fiction … it’s mystery! We all know and love the work of Agatha Christie, of course, and Royalene is no different, paying her homage and looking deep into what makes a work in the mystery genre a success. Hint: it has to do with the word “brinkmanship,” which Royalene defines at length, also discussing its entanglement with other concepts and methods for writing. Definitions have always been one of Royalene’s greatest strengths as a contributor to this blog, and this post is no different. Not only does she lay down some wisdom about brinkmanship, but she also defines and explores the ramifications of “clues,” “red herrings,” “the suspects,” and “disguises”—particularly as they relate to the writing of mystery books. And of course, Royalene’s skill with a sentence really shines throughout this post as well, as always. Well worth a second look!
That’s all for this week! We’ll be back next Friday as we detail more of Royelene’s greatest hits, as determined by our blog’s analytics. You can follow Royalene’s further adventures by checking out her Twitter feed (her handle is @RoyaleneD) or her website at www.DoyleWritingServices.com. We miss you, Royalene! ⚓︎