Maybe you’re just starting out on your writing path. Or maybe you’re a prolific writer that’s been around for years. No matter who you are or where you are on your publishing path, a website can benefit any writer. How can it help you? [Read more…]
Six months? Impossible, right? No. Nothing’s impossible if you’re willing to work for it. So ask yourself: how bad do you want it?
If you’ve noticed I’ve been MIA recently, it’s because I’m currently writing a novel in six months, and that’s on top of a full-time job that keeps me away from home for ten days at a time.
Even with your job, and your family, and your desire to maintain your sanity, you can do it too. Here’s how: [Read more…]
I’ve got some BIG news to share!
Why do we do it? We slave over words. We pour our hearts onto a blank page. Instead of ink, we write with our blood, sweat, and tears. At home, our loved ones get neglected, while our work hours are spent with our heads in the clouds. And yet, we plow on. Why?
Agents reject us, publishers ignore us, and the only way we can see our novels in print is if we pay for it. And even then, the only people who will buy a copy are our loved ones (if we haven’t neglected them too much). So why do we keep writing when reality is falling short of our starry-eyed international best-selling expectations? [Read more…]
Hey, so today’s post will be a bit different. I was tagged by my writing friend Pat Esden for The Writing Process Blog Tour.
I’ll share a bit about my current work in progress and what my own writing process is like. Maybe you’re the same, maybe you’re totally different, but hopefully we can learn a bit about each other. [Read more…]
Sometimes life just sucks. It doesn’t go exactly the way you would write it. No loose ends neatly tied in bows. No happily ever afters.
But hold on! If life doesn’t work out perfectly, then why should your fiction?
In a world full of skeptics and analyzers, would anyone really believe it if your main character got everything they wanted? Would you believe it if it happened in reality? No! We’d all secretly be wondering when the other shoe is going to drop.
Okay, enough with the negativity. When life’s plot gets twisted, how can we as writers use our own personal experiences to navigate our storylines (if not our lives)? [Read more…]
“A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, or because everything she does is golden. A writer is a writer because, even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” – Junot Diaz
Hello, there. It’s me again. Remember me? Yes, it’s been a while, but I’m still here. I’m still writing.
Amongst many changes and all the ups and downs that have taken control of my life in the last six months, I am still writing. My twitter feed may have dwindled, my blog outright suffered, but I held fast to the golden rule – NEVER STOP WRITING.
I admire those people who write at the same time every day like clockwork, come rain or shine. But sometimes life happens. It really just does. When life forces your writing to take a detour, how do you find your way back?
Your crazy grandma… Your drunk uncle… You narcissistic sister…
Family is great, huh? Some real characters. And Christmas is the force that brings us all together. For better or worse. But just because you’re taking a break from your keyboard to enjoy the cheer, doesn’t mean that you have to stop working. Grab your notebook, because you’re about to take a lesson in realistic relationships. [Read more…]
Today we have author Luke Murphy joining us to explain his techniques for marketing his debut novel, Dead Man’s Hand. Hello, Luke!…
Marketing Starts With Writing
My marketing started with the writing of my book. I always had a plan, an idea of the plot, but now I had to think about the characters and setting, and I had to think about my target audience in this stage. [Read more…]
The world of publishing is changing at whiplash speed, and the company setting the pace is Amazon. As the largest bookseller (with 29% of the market) in a world where more books are now bought online than in brick-and-mortor stores, Amazon is a force to be reckoned with. Fortunately for authors who want to sell books (and who doesn’t?), this is a good thing: Amazon is the #1 place where readers go to buy books, and you, the author, can use that to your advantage.
But where to start? There are two easy ways to market your books on Amazon. While these tips apply primarily to self-published authors, who have more control over how their books are presented to the world, traditionally-published authors can work with their publishers to use Amazon to their advantage, and find a new and enthusiastic audience for their work. [Read more…]