The Importance of Focus

Today’s post is geared for writing as a business.  (For those who are writing as a hobby, you may want to skip this one.) Over the years, I’ve been reading magazines and blog posts dedicated to entrepreneurs, especially small business owners, and I have come away with one main theme that seems to emerge.  That…

Indie Author Survival Pack Sweepstakes

Note: I don’t usually do this and if anyone contacts me about posting their sweepstakes or giveaway on this website, I will probably say no unless I find the books of use to the writers who come here. Over the weekend, I received an email for this Dean Chase’s Sweepstakes in my inbox and after a…

Finding Your Target Audience

I was talking to an author friend, and she’s working on a series that has been difficult for her to finish because she worries that people are going to think the books suck.  I originally intended to write a post on confronting this horrible feeling (because I have it from time to time, too).  I…

Editing and re-drafting – a checklist, part one

Hi Guys, Heather here. This week I thought I’d write a blog post detailing some of the things to look out for when re-drafting and editing your novel. I’m currently at this stage in my own novel writing journey and it’s arguably the hardest stage so far – perhaps even worse than the dreaded first draft.…

Bankrupt: What do you do when your Publisher no Longer Exists?

You have two options – find another publisher or self-publish them. This is what I was faced with recently on two of my six books/anthologies. I decided to self-publish Seasons of the Soul and Lockets and Lanterns, because they were published years ago (Seasons of the Soul in 2006 and Lockets and Lanterns in 2012). I believe self-publishing is the right path to go…

Dragon Speech-to-Text Software: A Review

Back in December 2016, my boss recommended that I try Dragon, or some other speech-to-text software. I don’t remember how the subject came up (I do remember it was during the office Christmas party, so it probably had something to do with vacation plans and plans for life), but he said that as a writer…

It Is Possible To Write Fast And Have Quality Content

I just saw a blog post from someone who was basically saying that writers should not produce more than 2-3 books a year.  (I assume this person meant 50K words or more per book.)   I’ve heard this argument a dozen times over the years, and each time, it boils down to the same thing, “You…

Websites and Blogs: Simpler Is Better

I just got off a website that had so many things going on with it that I could barely find the content I was looking for.  I’m getting increasingly frustrated with websites and blogs that seem like a maze.  I understand that people are adding flashy gimmicks to their sites because it looks awesome, but…

Stress: How To Cope When the Mountain of Work Only Increases

An author’s life is an incredibly busy one.  The easy part is writing your book.  It’s what happens after you hit publish that can have you running around doing a million things at once.  Whether it’s family, friends, the household budget, chores, appointments with the dentist/doctor/etc, and things like car repairs, we are already busy….

Building Meaningful Relationships With Your Readers

I’ve had this post sitting in the draft folder for a year, and I’ve been waiting for the right time to use it.  Recently, I came across this great post “5 Mistakes Authors Make on Social Media” by Michael Cristiano, and I knew this was the right time to make the post below public. My recommendation is…

Your Top 2-3 Writing Goals For The Year

Since it’s the beginning of a new year, this is the perfect time to start off with a clean slate (or as much of one as you can). 🙂 I was thinking this morning that it’s a good time to think about the main things we want to accomplish this year.  I originally going to…

Writing Time: Selfish, Selfless, or Saving Others?

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:
? by Christopher Slater I will start out by saying that this is a perfect example of what is meant by the phrase, “Doctor, heal thyself!” I am the absolute worst at not following this advice. Of course, that is probably why I have joked with my students…