professionalism

The Perils of a “Dead” Genre

March 3, 2015 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for The Perils of a “Dead” Genre

It’s been almost a week since my release of Unintended Guardian, and I’ve been getting lots of questions about how I made my decisions for what to do with my books. Let’s start at the beginning: How did I decide on my publishing path? For that, we have to go back to when I first started on my writing career path.

Pin It
Click here to read more

Boom! Publishing Like Beyoncé

February 26, 2015 News
Thumbnail image for Boom! Publishing Like Beyoncé

A bit over a year ago, Beyoncé surprised the music world by secretly dropping a new album with zero promotion in advance. Can we apply this strategy to the publishing world? If we run a lot of promo pre-release, by the time we have buy links, will people think our book is old news?

Pin It
Click here to read more

What Scares You about Writing or Publishing?

February 24, 2015 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for What Scares You about Writing or Publishing?

Many large, life-changing events can scare us—even terrify us. We might think, “It’s a good thing I didn’t know how hard it would be, or I might not have done it.” Sometimes writing or publishing can be terrifying, yet we have to move past our fears.

Pin It
Click here to read more

What Milestones Do You Watch for?

January 20, 2015 News
Thumbnail image for What Milestones Do You Watch for?

As we go through life, we often struggle to recognize our progress. That’s especially the case when life feels like a giant treadmill that goes nowhere and accomplishes nothing. Milestones are one way for us to mark our progress, and they’re also great for reminding us to stop and celebrate the little (or sometimes, not so little) things.

Pin It
Click here to read more

How Do You Handle Negativity from Others?

January 13, 2015 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for How Do You Handle Negativity from Others?

At some point, we’re likely to run into negativity in our writing-lives. Feedback might be filled with cruel “give up” put-downs. We might be attacked by internet trolls. Reviews might rip apart us, personally, instead of focusing on our book. So the question then becomes, what are we willing to do to avoid it?

Pin It
Click here to read more

Branding 101: What’s Your Story?

January 8, 2015 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for Branding 101: What’s Your Story?

We often see inspirational quotes about how we’re the only one who can write our story. But sometimes we might look at that quote and think we’re not anyone special, so our story wouldn’t be anything special either. Let’s talk about how to get over the doubt and discover why might someone care about our stories.

Pin It
Click here to read more

How Do You Stay Organized?

January 6, 2015 Over-Achieving Perfectionist
Thumbnail image for How Do You Stay Organized?

With a new year, we often want to start on the right foot. We don’t want to repeat last year’s mistakes. (Let’s make new ones instead, right? *smile*) So to get and stay organized, I’d love to find a time management approach that helped me track everything.

Pin It
Click here to read more

The Best Reason to Blog — 2014 Edition

November 27, 2014 Random Musings
Thumbnail image for The Best Reason to Blog — 2014 Edition

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 our priorities. 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.

Pin It
Click here to read more

Should Authors on the Traditional Path Pay an Editor? — Guest: Sharon Hughson

November 20, 2014 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for Should Authors on the Traditional Path Pay an Editor? — Guest: Sharon Hughson

Writers pursuing traditional publishing are often told not to pay for editing before submitting to agents or publishers. But the landscape has changed and we’ve had to change our opinion and attitude about many old-school advice “rules.” Should this advice should be next on the chopping block?

Pin It
Click here to read more

Diversity in Writing: Researching Characters — Guest: Melinda Primrose

November 13, 2014 Writing Stuff
Thumbnail image for Diversity in Writing: Researching Characters — Guest: Melinda Primrose

We often write about settings or jobs or situations we haven’t experienced, and diversity among our characters should be no different. Today’s guest post is about how we can research and learn more about experiences for which we don’t have first-hand knowledge and avoid the fear of “getting it wrong.”

Pin It
Click here to read more