18Mar

5 Steps to Sell More Books

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  • Writing, Writing Advice, Writing Tips
So you’ve written a book. Now what? It’s time to sell! In today’s technological age, selling books is one of the easiest parts of being a writer. With social media, cell phones, email, computers, and more at your fingertips, it’s hard to imagine a writer’s sale chart not skyrocketing.
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14Mar

Let’s Tactfully Review Books, Please

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  • Book Review, Reviewing
Let’s talk about the amount of time it takes to write, edit, design, and promote a book. Better yet, I suppose I should start by asking how much time you’ve set aside to read this blog post, because at this point, we’ll be here all day. That’s how long it would take to explain the publishing process. It’s […]
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10Mar

10 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself As A Writer

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  • Success, Writing, Writing Advice, Writing Tips
I used to be the only writer I knew (pre-social media times), but now, everywhere I go, I meet another writer. I credit self-publishing as the reason behind this newfound interest in the craft. Unfortunately, I’ve also noticed that writers’ attitudes toward both themselves and the writing community have dropped to disturbingly low levels. What people seem to […]
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29Feb

Stop judging. Start celebrating.

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  • Publishing, Reading, Writing
Over the past few years, I’ve noticed quite a lot of hate toward certain writers and/or specific genres. Since I write mostly romance, I knew I’d eventually receive those verbal lashings, too. And today, it finally happened. When someone came across Blood Rose on Twitter, his response was this: “YAWN; check E. George, or R. Chandler, for […]
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29Dec

Embracing Typos

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  • Writing Advice, Writing Tips
Recently, I’ve seen too many social media posts from authors criticizing themselves for typos found in their published works. Even more disturbing, I see blame placed on their editors by saying things like “my editor should have caught that” or “I hired a professional editor, too!” Somewhere in the banter, I notice conclusions being drawn […]
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20Dec

Plotting & Outlining 101

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  • Outlining, Plotting, Writing Advice, Writing Tips
My most common writing advice questions involve plotting and outlining. I’m often asked things like “Do you outline?” and “How do I outline?” To answer the first, yes, I outline all of my novels. The answer for the second, however, is much more difficult to find. Outlining is a very personal process and is different […]
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18Dec

On Making Time & Creating Habits

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  • Distractions, Freelance Writer, Freelance Writing, Habits, Having Support, My Writing, Success, Working, Writing, Writing from Home, Writing Tips
Yesterday, I had an awful day. Everything seemed to go wrong. By the time I made it home, all I wanted to do was curl up in bed, maybe nap, and listen to depressing music–which is exactly what I did. After a couple hours, I got up, still wanting to do nothing more than stay […]
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05May

The Secret to Controlling the Income Rollercoaster

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  • Copy Editor, Copywriter, Freelance Writer, Freelance Writing, Pay, Salary, Working, Writing from Home, Writing Tips
We writers know the truth.  We know that our income is sporadic.  We know about the feast or famine rollercoaster.  Do you find yourself praying that your next commission check will come in before the electric bill is due?  Are you wondering if you will run out of money before the bills are paid?  Do […]
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29Mar

5 Self-Publishing Myths Debunked

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  • Publishing, Self-Publishing, Traditional Publishing, Writing
I’m only a few months away from the release of my debut novel, Blood Rose. Lately, I’ve been contemplating whether or not I should pursue the traditional route or the self-publishing route. (I briefly discussed the pros and cons here.) To me, the traditional route involves querying agents, approaching publishers, etc. The self-publishing route allows for […]
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15Mar

5 Tips to Eliminate Your Writing Rut

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  • Distractions, Habits, Having Support, My Writing, Reflection, Success, Working, Writing, Writing from Home, Writing Schedule, Writing Tips
Raise your hand if you’ve ever fallen into the comfortable rut. *raises hand* You know the one: you’re at your day job, a job that was only meant to be temporary, and suddenly, years have passed. You’re still there, and now you’re thinking, “I could stay here a few more years. This isn’t so bad.”
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