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
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
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
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