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Release News! How Do You Celebrate?

May 11, 2017 For Readers
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Yesterday marked the release of my fifth book, Stone-Cold Heart. Even though I didn’t do anything special, that was a mistake. We should take the time to celebrate our victories, no matter what they are or where we find them.

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Slow Progress Is Better Than No Progress

April 27, 2017 Over-Achieving Perfectionist
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Due to my health issues over the past 14 months, I’ve missed a lot of self-imposed deadlines, and it’d be easy to get frustrated. But it’s important to remember that slow progress is not a failure. Slow progress is still better than nothing.

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Author Struggles: Gaining Reviews

March 30, 2017 Over-Achieving Perfectionist
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There’s no end to the struggles we face as a writer, including gathering reviews for our books. With Amazon’s algorithms, the quality, quantity, and recency of reviews can affect whether potential readers ever see our work, so it’s important to encourage reviews of our story.

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Self Publishing? Match Your Plans to Your Goals — Part One

January 5, 2017 Writing Stuff
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My series about Indie Publishing Paths at Fiction University has highlighted some of the choices we have to make as self-published authors, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when faced with so much uncertainty. So where do we start?

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Self Publishing? What’s Your Newsletter Plan? — Part One

August 4, 2016 Writing Stuff
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One way we can keep our readers from one book to the next is to start a “new release” newsletter. But first, we have to know the best practices for newsletters.

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Self Publishing? What’s Your Plan to Keep Readers? — Part Five

July 7, 2016 Writing Stuff
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One way we can keep our readers from one book to the next is to encourage them to connect with us or our stories. Bonus content on our website is one way to create engaged readers.

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Self Publishing? What’s Your Plan to Keep Readers? — Part Four

June 2, 2016 Writing Stuff
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One way to keep readers interested in our writing is to hook them with an excerpt to our next story at the end of our book. But there are times an excerpt could hurt our sales. When is it a good idea to include an excerpt—and when is it not?

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Author Newsletters: 6 Tips for Smart Strategies

January 14, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Approximately seventy bajillion new books are released every day (give or take a few bajillion). Our newly released books might have a hard time being noticed, so when we find readers who like our work, we want to make sure they’re still in our audience for our next book. Enter the email newsletter.

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The Best Reason to Blog — 2015 Edition

November 26, 2015 Random Musings
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Every Thanksgiving, I write a “the best reason to blog” post because gratitude is such a powerful tool. Thinking about what we’re thankful for forces us to pay attention to what has meaning in our lives. The daily grind can make us forget why we do what we do, but being grateful for the good things reminds us of what matters most.

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Self-Publishing? What’s Your Release Plan?

November 5, 2015 Writing Stuff
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A common question among those getting ready to indie publish is “Should I use pre-orders or just publish right away?” My monthly guest post over at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University is digging deeper into our options for our release schedule and talking about the pros and cons for each choice.

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