(Disclaimer: Yes, this is sarcastic. And no, I didn’t interview Abrams or get his permission. This is for entertainment purposes primarily. But still… there are things to be learned!) With everyone raving about the new Star Wars movie like it’s the best thing to show on the big screen since, well, ever, I thought it would … More The J. J. Abrams Guide to Brilliant Storycrafting!
I’ll admit, I’ve been too busy for blog posts lately. Writing and editing and more editing has kept me working full-time–but with a temporary lull and a new publishing adventure on the horizon, I’ve decided to try to keep a small log regarding this new phenomenon called Kindle Scout.
NaNoWriMo season is fast upon us, so as usual I have been scouring the web looking for awesome new tools to help me get the best out of the experience. I have been experimenting with the beta site Novlr for a few months now, and even though it is still in development, I believe it’s … More Novlr Preview/Review
If you’re self-publishing, self-editing can be a strong temptation. It’s fast, simple and free–which you really can’t get anywhere else. But it has its problems as well, especially when you get beyond the technical aspects and focus on the overall quality of your writing. This article from eBookIssues.com offers several incredibly useful tips for tackling … More Self Editing Tips to Benefit Writers – Curated Post
As a writer, I try to do my best. I always work to improve my writing, to learn new strategies and techniques, and to make every book I write my best. But great writing isn’t something that can be developed by reading about it and studying other writers–mostly it comes from experience. This leads to … More The Important Role of Bad Fiction
I’ve been meaning to actually write an article myself over the next few weeks, but it’s getting obvious that I’m still too busy. That being said, one of the hardest parts of self-publishing or publicizing a novel is finding good images. That’s an issue I run into every time I write something (even a blog … More How to Find Images for Your Book Marketing Campaign–Curated Post
One of the more difficult aspects of self-publishing is deciding your price. If you price your novel too expensively, no one will want to buy it (especially if you don’t have a fan base). If you make it too cheap, people might overlook it–worse yet, it will be hard to promote your novel at such … More Promoting Your Series: Free Vs. 99¢: Curated Post
They might be cheap and all over the place as far as the Internet is concerned, but I still like to take fun quizzes from time to time. Here’s a quiz for writers from Author Marketing Experts Inc. which I found to be pretty accurate judging from my experience. Tips for taking it include being … More Do You Have What it Takes to Be A Successful Author? Quiz: Curated
Over the past few years, my writing life has shifted dramatically. It’s not just a hobby anymore–it’s a job. When people ask what I do, I tell them I’m a full-time writer, and I mean it. I’m pressing myself to write more and immerse myself more fully in what I’m doing. Sometimes it isn’t easy, … More Want to Be A Writer? It’s Time to Act like A Writer: Curated Post
The world of book publishing has been in a state of rapid fluctuation over the past ten years. That means that as authors, we need to keep a constant eye on all available options and be open-minded about what so many possibilities could mean for our books. While it’s no secret that Amazon has been … More 500 top authors line up for new attack on Amazon over ‘book monopoly’ claim: Curated Post
I’ve been building quite a bit of recognition lately, and it’s a mixed bag. People have expectations, and I need to be careful to keep my writing quality at its best and to work to keep improving. That makes writing harder since I find myself pushing myself instead of writing for fun. I also have … More What I Learned from Writing Anonymously
Podcasts are the newest evolution in the world of radio. I only started listening to some last year, and have my first official podcast interview on the Speculative Fiction Cantina on October 9. I’m nervous about it. Radio is never something that I thought I’d get involved with as a writer, but it is true–podcasts … More Why Podcasting Interviews Are Essential for Authors: Curated Post
In the world of hobby board gaming, there is a term that is frequently flung around when it comes to someone taking too long on his or her turn–AP, or analysis paralysis. Basically, analysis paralysis happens when a player feels the need to examine every upcoming possibility before deciding on a move or strategy. It … More Avoiding Writing Paralysis Due to Over-Analysis: Curated Post
When I was trying to find reviewers for my novel Automaton, there was one thing that they mentioned repeatedly as convincing them to read the book–the blurb. It wasn’t a traditional blurb. I had heard recently that book blurb and description experimentation is a great thing and will get you noticed easily. It was easy for … More How to Improve Your Description Copy to Sell More Ebooks: Curated Post
Yeah, the title of this article is pretty bland, but the tips are surprisingly good. In an earlier post, I wrote about the importance of using background activities and cultural details to break the tedium of talking head scenes, like meals and board games, or even illnesses to give the characters something to do. UK … More How To Write Better Fiction: Curated Post
Writing your novel as a Word document might be simple, but it comes with a lot of risks. The file could be lost. Your computer could get smashed on by a visiting elephant. Or you could find yourself stuck for eight hours in an airport without access to your computer, wanting to write but not … More Showdown: Yarny vs. Litlift
I have learned recently that one of the best ways to get publicity for a book, whether independently or traditionally published, is to have it read over by some legitimate book reviewers. It’s a terrifying experience (as I can tell you in detail here) but absolutely worth it. Here is a terrific Q&A from ALLi’s … More Book Promotion: How Not to Annoy a Book Reviewer (Curated Post)
With all the crazy twists and turns my own writing career has taken lately, I don’t have the luxury of writing posts regularly. I’m planning a new showdown post on Yarny vs. LitLift, which I’ll write when I have time (and am not already sick of typing), but in the meantime I’ll try to keep … More 5 Ways to Save Money On Self-Publishing–Curated Post
I never bothered going out of my way for reviews until very recently. After all, I was using keywords for optimization, and if people liked the books, they would doubtlessly write reviews for them. Right? Who even reads reviews anyway, except for the authors?
The self-publishing community has been in an outrage lately over Kindle Unlimited’s decision to base payments on how much of your book has been read instead of the fact that someone downloaded it. Many authors hate that decision with a passion. I think it’s actually a good thing. Here’s why. First, let’s take a look … More Kindle Unlimited’s Decision: Why It’s Actually A Good Thing