It’s been old news for me since Friday night–my book got rejected by Kindle Scout. It held on much longer than I had expected, but what I didn’t expect was the sudden wave of realizations that hit me moments after I got the email. I’ve been thinking about this the wrong way, for the most … More 5 Things I Learned After Kindle Scout Rejected My Novel
The campaign is over. The final day added 22 additional hours on Hot and Trending, and ever since I received news that the editors are now looking through it, I’ve been terrified to check my email in case there’s a rejection note. I’ve read about people getting rejected about this point, so I guess I’m … More My Adventures With Kindle Scout: Crossing My Fingers
Please vote for my Kindle Scout Campaign here through 2/06/16: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/X0Z1F8GSDDVB If you’ve noticed a distinct lack of articles here recently, it’s because I needed some time off. Kindle Scout campaigns are a ton of work and stress, and it’s hard to stay focused on what’s important vs. what really won’t matter in the end. … More My Adventure with Kindle Scout: Re-Vision
Please vote for The Grim Reaper: And Company! here: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/X0Z1F8GSDDVB Going into this, I knew there would be high points and low points. A few days ago was a high point. Today is a low point. The paid advertising has ended and I’ve exhausted my ideas. Yesterday I even started a Facebook game (totally unsuccessful) and … More My Adventures with Kindle Scout: Desperation Sets In
Vote here: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/X0Z1F8GSDDVB This is day three of my Kindle Scout campaign. I’ve tried every publicity method I could think of and am starting to get a feel for what works. I’ve done multiple posts on all my social media accounts, I’ve printed out business cards with the info and handed them out (with the immense … More My Adventures with Kindle Scout: Day 3: Bill Goodwin
I’m losing track of what part I am at this point. Today is the first day of my campaign on Kindle Scout. All day I’ve been passing the link out, sharing on social media, and brainstorming of ways to get word out.
Well, my campaign should be up and running by tomorrow, most likely within the next few hours. And I’m anxiously clicking around on my computer and checking my emails as if that will help things get better. It takes a few days for them to set up the campaign after you submit. I did have to send … More My Adventures With Kindle Scout Part 3: Pre-campaigning
It’s the end of another year, and time for another top ten post overview! 2015 was an exciting year for Finish That Novel! and an exciting year for me personally. My novel Automaton was selected for publication last December, which led to a thrilling publishing adventure for me (and lots of busyness!). Meanwhile, Finish That Novel! grew about … More Top 10 Posts of 2015
(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!
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
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
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
I am thrilled to announce that Finish That Novel! has been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award–great thanks to Tilting Up for the nomination. In return, I would like to nominate the following blogs for the same award, should they choose to accept: 1. Nicholas C. Rossis – Sci-fi, Epic Fantasy, and Children’s Stories 2. … More The Versatile Blogger Award!
The Victorian era was one of the richest times for novels. Many genres that are still popular today originated in their modern forms in the nineteenth century, and most modern writers are influenced by at least one or two writers from the age. Here’s a list of ways you can take the original greatness and make … More How to Write a Victorian Classic
As a literature and writing major in college, I sometimes found myself bombarded by the current craze of the critics, literary fiction. As I tell inquisitive friends and family, literary fiction tends to be all-character-no-plot fiction, based in the real world and harnessing the power of the ordinary to bring it up to the extraordinary. … More How to Write Award-Winning Literary Fiction (Parody)
“Neil Gaiman” is a name that is tossed around a lot in the writing community… and the sci-fi community… and the comics community… and probably several other communities as well. Though I only learned about him a few years ago with his first Dr. Who episode, he’s considered a massive cult writer and is becoming mainstream … More How to Write Just Like Neil Gaiman (Parody)
Trailing shortly behind supernatural romances, one of the top sub-genres today is the young adult dystopian novel. Forced factional occupations, forbidden teen romances and rebellion against a strict societal structure are all key elements in this craze, and in this week’s “How Not to Write” article, I’ll tell you everything you need to know to … More How to Write The Next Great YA Dystopian Novel
In this second part of my “How (Not) to Write” series, I’m going to look at one author in particular and tell you how you–yes, you!–can write a fantasy series just like George R. R. Martin. Well, actual results will vary. George R. R. Martin is a celebrity fantasy author for his famous “Song of … More How to Write Just Like George R. R. Martin (A Parody)
This is probably going to be my last post of 2014, so I thought it would be a good time to give a shout-out to my top ten posts of the year and announce a few goodies at the end of this particular post. Let’s start with number ten! 10: Almighty Internet: Your Novel’s … More Top Ten Posts of 2014
Welcome to my latest weekly series–“How (Not) to Write,” where I’ll tell all you need to know to write a terrible novel in all sorts of styles and genres! Sometimes I’ll look at specific authors, other times like now I’ll stick with something broad. So, are you captivated by the lands of elves and dwarves … More How (Not) to Write Epic Fantasy