5 Things I Learned After Kindle Scout Rejected My Novel

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

My Adventures With Kindle Scout: Crossing My Fingers

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

My Adventure with Kindle Scout: Re-Vision

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

My Adventures with Kindle Scout: Desperation Sets In

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

My Adventures with Kindle Scout: Day 3: Bill Goodwin

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

My Adventures With Kindle Scout Part 3: Pre-campaigning

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

Top 10 Posts of 2015

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

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!

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

How to Write Award-Winning Literary Fiction (Parody)

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)

How to Write Just Like Neil Gaiman (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)

How to Write The Next Great YA Dystopian Novel

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

How to Write Just Like George R. R. Martin (A Parody)

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)