The J. J. Abrams Guide to Brilliant Storycrafting!

(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!

Novlr Preview/Review

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

Self Editing Tips to Benefit Writers – Curated Post

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

How to Find Images for Your Book Marketing Campaign–Curated Post

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

Do You Have What it Takes to Be A Successful Author? Quiz: Curated

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

Want to Be A Writer? It’s Time to Act like A Writer: Curated Post

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

500 top authors line up for new attack on Amazon over ‘book monopoly’ claim: 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

Why Podcasting Interviews Are Essential for Authors: Curated Post

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

Avoiding Writing Paralysis Due to Over-Analysis: 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

How to Improve Your Description Copy to Sell More Ebooks: 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

Book Promotion: How Not to Annoy a Book Reviewer (Curated Post)

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)

5 Ways to Save Money On Self-Publishing–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

Kindle Unlimited’s Decision: Why It’s Actually A Good Thing

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