With another final under Treasured Claim’s belt, my debut has now finaled five times in three contests for published books. So today seems like a good time to touch upon the contest arena for published books.
Writers are often a neurotic, self-doubting lot, and many of us hope for validation as a means of overcoming that doubt. We never want to think about how that validation is only temporary, but the best we can do is try to create a healthy relationship with our validation desires.
Sometimes as authors, we struggle to create a well-rounded world or characters that feel so real to readers that they experience a movie in their mind. Stories that feel like we can crawl in and inhabit them are often lauded as special, but why is it so hard to succeed in that goal?
Everyone has an ego, a sense of how they fit into the world. In the publishing world, that “everyone” includes the newbie writer and the multi-published NYT bestseller, the professionals of traditional publishing and self-publishing. Sometimes egos are healthy and helpful for getting things done. Other times…not so much.
As writers and as readers, we’ve probably noticed the many ebooks offered for free and wondered why anyone would do all that work for nothing in return. My monthly guest post at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University explores the benefits and risks of freebies.
If we’re looking into self-publishing, we’ve probably seen conflicting advice about how much to charge for our work. My monthly guest post over at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University digs deeper into the pros and cons of pricing low.