During a conversation with a young author earlier this week, I was asked if I still get that “butterflies in the stomach” feeling with each book. You mean that apprehension and anxiety that happens just after a book’s release as I wait for Continue reading The Writing Life #amwriting
It’s been a few weeks since Brent Underwood’s article What Does it Take to Be an Amazon Bestselling Author? $3 and 5 Minutes went viral through the writing community. First I want to say that Mr. Underwood makes some fantastic Continue reading While It’s Sometimes a Scam – Sometimes It’s Not
Every so often an indie author has to go back through and re-evaluate old things. Like recently, I hired an editor to go back through Weekend Captive, SINcerely Megan, and Nice Girls Don’t to give them a good editing pass Continue reading New Covers!
A Brief Guide for Newly Published Authors Do not SPAM your twitter feed or social network with links to your book once an hour on the hour for weeks or even months. That’s SPAM, not marketing. That doesn’t mean an Continue reading How NOT to Promote Your Novel
For years now I’ve had people in awe of my writing output. Some people have asked, “How do you keep it all straight?” I’m never sure how to answer this. The reality is that working on 2-4 projects at a time with Continue reading The Art of Focus
Updated DB Publishing Guidelines (They were needed sooner rather than later.) Due to the high volume of unprofessional first time authors, we now only accept agented manuscripts or manuscripts from established authors. Manuscripts should be edited for grammar and spelling Continue reading New DB Publishing Guidelines
I’ve always loved writing. Writing is my meditation. My escape. It’s my happy place – my joy. Then it became my job and I loved it even more. But there was a brief time period after Switched came out (autumn of Continue reading Reclaiming Joy #amwriting #success
This past weekend I attended a friend’s birthday party, at which I met a wonderful couple who were readers. The standard questions came up like “What have you written?” and “Where can I find your books?” Luckily I had bookmarks Continue reading My Crazy Cross-Genre Life
Since it’s so hard to FIND time to write, perhaps it’s time to MAKE time to write. Let me help you through each of the steps… The first thing you need is an unrealistic deadline. Or a realistic one if you’re not Continue reading Making Time to Write #amwriting
Since I often find myself being asked which word processing software I use, let’s talk about writing and word processing programs. One would think that all word processing programs are created equal. That Open Office and Word Perfect are just as Continue reading Write Which Way?