Because of my lack of online updates and busyness with other areas of life, I’ll understand if you thought I forgot about the book edition of Finish That Novel that I promised a long time ago. I didn’t. Instead, it took much longer than I expected to organize the layout and contents. I tried multiple … More Finish That Novel: Cover Reveal!
Today is National Panic Day on the Finish That Novel calendar. It’s not a random holiday that is directly related to writing, but I do think that it’s a good idea to take it to heart and re-energize your ideas about your writing. And yes, to panic about it. There’s plenty to panic about. For … More 7 Reasons You Should Panic on National Panic Day
I’m an active supporter of self and independent publishing. Writers should have a say in how much control they want to have in a book, and investing money in your writing should be treated the same as investing money in a small business. It’s not self-centered. It’s entrepreneurial (hence the term “authorpreneur” to refer to … More Self Published, or Vanity Press? The Difference
The past few months have been insane, but it is good to be back after a longer-than-expected hiatus! I thought setting Automaton up for publication would be the hardest part, formatting it and submitting it to different sites. Yes, it was exhausting, but I didn’t know what else would take the brunt of my time and energy … More 5 Things I Learned by Organizing My Own Book Blog Tour
I’ve been going all out with my latest novel Automaton, and publication is now less than three weeks away! With so much frantic editing, hassled promotions, and submissions to reviewers, it’s finally reached the point where I need to cut down on my other activities to give the book the attention it needs to get an … More Temporary Hiatus Notice
In my earlier review of BookTrack, a free online program that allows writers to put soundtracks together for their books, I allowed for some mixed feelings. While I love the idea and was enthusiastic towards the possibilities, I was met with frustration and disappointment in many areas. But I wasn’t done playing around with it. … More BookTrack Revisited: Updated Review
No matter how careful you are editing your own work, things will slip through the cracks. It’s a fact of writing that spans from novice to long-time professional. Even if you want to take the traditional publishing route for your novel, agents and publishers are much more likely to take a gamble on you if … More Should You Hire an Editor?
A few weeks ago, I didn’t even know that there was such a thing as an ebook on pre-order. Ebook publishing has gotten streamlined to the point where the entire publishing process can take under an hour. Upload your files, click a few spots, and your book is available to the masses! Why would you … More Top 3 Reasons to Put Your Ebook on Preorder Status
Audio stimulation can help a ton with writing–I’ve mentioned it before, and it’s worth bringing up again. Reading a draft aloud can help you find mistakes that you never could have caught otherwise, and playing appropriate music can bring your writing to life in ways that you’ve never imagined. BookTrack is a digital platform that … More BookTrack Review: Books with Soundtracks?
Online Indie writing conference IndieReCon ended last night with a bang, and I have a ton of stuff to write about and to implement for my own books. The whole conference is still available online here and will be added to the archives shortly if you want to catch up, though some of the best … More IndieReCon: The Aftermath
I hadn’t heard of IndieReCon until only about a month ago, but I’m glad I did–and I’m looking forward to sharing all kinds of indie and self-publishing goodies with you over the next week! Before I get into that, let me explain to you what this event is and why I think it will be … More IndieReCon 2015: Information and Press Release
I’ve self-published several of my own novels, but as a reader I usually cringe at the thought of reading those written by others. As a writer, the self-publishing world is full of promise, excitement and adventure. As a reader… it’s nothing more than a dump of rejected and amateurish failures of wannabe writers who can’t … More 5 Ways to Make Your Indie Novel Stand Out
They say never to judge a book by its cover, but everyone does that anyway. I remember one time stepping into a bookstore and being hypnotized by a glamorous, holographic and glittery cover to a new fantasy novel that I had to buy, regardless of the writing quality or story itself. But if you go … More Don’t Begin Your Novel Like This!
One of the most challenging parts of writing in the fantasy genre is creating the universe. You could spend years designing the cultures and backgrounds to your novel before putting pen to paper, but you need to monitor the world constantly to keep it as consistent, full, and detailed as possible while keeping it grounded … More 10 Facts about Your Fantasy Universe (You Don’t Know Yet)
Introducing the perfect writing formula! Three steps to writing and publishing the novel of your dreams! Ingredients: 2 cups flour 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 1 cup sugar 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 cup cold water Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees … More 3 Steps to The Perfect Novel!
How long should my book be? It’s a silly question, or so it seems. What does length matter so long as the story is well written? I have by turn either obsessed over novel length or ignored it entirely, but I do think that it is a topic worth covering. There are expected lengths for … More A Note on Novel Length
A few years ago, I found myself staring tensely at my computer screen, fingers hovering over the keyboard as I wrestled with a problem that every conservative writer must face when trying to keep fiction realistic. One of my characters was going to swear. And I did not want to write a swear word. What … More Sex, Swearing, and What You Don’t Want to Write
Routines are popular among creative writers, and for good reason. They enforce the habit of writing and help you stay productive and consistent in your work. But they’re also tragically easy to fall out of, and finding a routine that works for you can take a lot of time and energy that you would rather … More How to Set up A Productive Writing Routine
That’s it. I’ve had it. I’ve seen her too many times on the big screen, small screen and in the pages of otherwise awesome books. I’ve even seen her in some of my own writing. The Strong Female Lead is dominating Western culture, and she needs to die. I’m not saying that your main character can’t … More Why Your Strong Female Heroine Needs to Die
What font is right for your novel? Is it better to mess around and find something new or go with your computer’s automatic settings? Do you want different fonts for hard copies, ebooks, and submissions, or is there a one-size-fits all? I’ve been fascinated by fonts ever since I started typing stories on my parents’ … More Fonts, Typefaces, and Your Novel