Tackling Common Issues That Can Overwhelm Writers

Lorna Faith invited me on to her podcast, Create a Story You Love, to discuss topics that we will most likely face at one time or another as writers.  Below I will hit on the highlights of the interview, but you can listen to it all by going to iTunes, her blog post, or by…

Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo

As we all know, National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo, is just around the corner (though considering it’s done all over the world these days, it might need a name change). If you are not familiar with the tradition, it’s basically that every year authors try to write a novel in the course…

A Case for Pre-Orders

Whether you do a pre-order or not is up to you, but I thought I’d take time to discuss the advantages of them in case you’re wondering if they’re worth it or not. Why do Pre-Orders? Make things easier. I had done some pre-orders last year, and I took for granted how much easier it…

When Should You Release a New Book?

Recently I wondered what the best time to release a new book was. Obviously you would want to release something scary prior to Halloween, something romantic right before Valentine’s Day, something full of snow and holiday cheer right before Christmas, etc. But what about the rest of the year? Are there days that are lucky…

Stages of Writing a Book: Post #3 (Writing the Book)

In this video, Janet Syas Nitsick and I discuss the actual writing part of creating the book.  You will have to find your own way of fitting writing into your schedule, but the key is you need to find time to write because if you don’t, the book will never get done. So you need…

Being More Efficient

I recently read a magazine article that said people who are successful in various fields spend no more than 4-5 hours a day doing their work.*  The idea is not how much you work, but how focused you are when you work.  This got me thinking about what we do as writers.  The most important thing we…

Developing a Strategy for What You Write and A Publishing Schedule

Your goals for writing should help you develop a strategy for what you write and establishing a publishing schedule. If you are writing solely for yourself, then there’s no need for you to read further.  You are free to write whatever you want and publish anytime you want. 😀 If, however, you are writing for…

Track Your Progress in 2014

My initial thought was to do this every 3-6 months, but then I thought this could easily work every month.  It depends on what works best for you.  If you’re in a familiar routine already, you probably don’t need to consistently evaluate your progress.  But if you’re trying something new, you probably should check to…

Forming a Routine in 2014

The goal of forming a routine is to better utilize your time to write the most books possible in the year.  To do this, you will need a lot of discipline.  Yes, it takes a lot of discipline to stick to a routine, and there will be times when you don’t feel like doing it….

What I Learned at An Empowerment Breakfast About Running a Business

Quick note: I wrote this back in September 2012 and never published it.  I’m going to do so now, but I don’t have time to reply to comments since life is hectic at the moment with published deadlines staring me in the face.  I’ll keep comments open if anyone wants to have a discussion, but…