Character Arcs: When You Don’t Need Them

Think of Charles Dickens’ classic novella, A Christmas Carol. Imagine the end, after Scrooge has reformed, if a few changes were made. Let’s say Bob Cratchit insists on working on Christmas anyway because throughout the story he has been hardened by his life and now sees no reason to go back. When Scrooge surprises his nephew, … More Character Arcs: When You Don’t Need Them

How to Re-Write Your Novel–without Losing Your Sanity (Curated Post)

A personal note: re-writing is currently the hardest, most diabolical part of the writing process for me. It feels like I’m stabbing my baby in the gut… over and over again. Like I’m trashing all my ideas and everything I worked so hard on while drafted. I can spend hours writing a segment only to … More How to Re-Write Your Novel–without Losing Your Sanity (Curated Post)

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

Grammarly Review: Automatic Proofreader

Please vote for my novel, The Grim Reaper: And Company! on Kindle Scout here: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/X0Z1F8GSDDVB I recently told my husband that for every hour I spend writing, I spend three more editing. It’s a rough guess–I spend much more on some areas and less in others, but as a rule, I don’t especially enjoy editing. That’s why I … More Grammarly Review: Automatic Proofreader

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: The Dark Side

Please vote for me at: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/X0Z1F8GSDDVB The Powerball lottery is really high right now. I mean, really high. $1.3 billion, to be exact. And people around me are starting to get antsy about it. Most people have at least one or two tickets or are joining in a pool to split winnings. I’ve heard of some … More My Adventures with Kindle Scout: The Dark Side

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

My Adventures with Kindle Scout Part 2: Preparation

According to the schedule I set for myself, I submit my novel to Kindle Scout tomorrow. And I’m nervous about it. I don’t know if I’m ready. To be perfectly honest, I haven’t touched the manuscript in several weeks. That wasn’t because of the business from Christmas and New Year’s so much as it was … More My Adventures with Kindle Scout Part 2: Preparation

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