December is almost over, which means we'll be welcoming in 2018 in a few days. Maybe you won't see it happen because you'll be in a pumpkin pie/eggnog-induced coma, or maybe you'll be hungover, which is the best way to bring in any New Year. But nonetheless, 2017 will be just a distant memory. Here's a … Continue reading The Top 7 Indie News Items from 2017 (that I can remember).
There's been a lot of talk lately about writing indie book reviews. You know, it's a kind thing to do, you're giving the book a bump in the Amazon algorithms. You see it everywhere on Twitter: support an author, leave a review. And I'll be honest, when I jumped into the indie world, I read … Continue reading Indie Book Reviews: My Unpopular Opinion
PitchWars is an annual writing contest where writers all over the world compete for the chance to be mentored by traditionally published authors. If you have a completed novel, you can enter. While mentors comb through entries, everyone involved in the contest spends about a month on Twitter making friends, talking about writing, and sharing … Continue reading PitchWars: Should You Enter?
"Was" is a nasty, dirty, filthy word, am I right? "Was" means, oh my God, you are writing in the passive voice, and all passive voice must be eradicated from your Work in Progress, or you are going to fall into the fiery depths of writing hell when you die. Indies are told it's bad, … Continue reading Let’s Talk about WAS
When I talk to people about my publishing plans for my next couple of books, people ask me if I’ll ever query and try for a traditionally published deal. I always say, “No, I’m not writing anything queryable right now.” People can take that a lot of different ways, and mostly that sounds like I … Continue reading To Query or Not to Query
I run a Twitter chat called #smutchat. It's geared toward more than just smut, (though I am a romance author and I like to chat about that too, from time to time) and last night we talked about self-publishing. I said I would recap the chat for a few people who couldn't make it, so … Continue reading #SmutChat Self-publishing Topic Recap!
Writers are notorious for giving their work away. "Sign up for my newsletter and receive a free book!" "My book is on Instafreebie!" "Every first book to all my series is permafree." We hand out novellas and short stories like candy. We tweet poems. There is so much free content you could drown in words. … Continue reading Why Buy the Cow When You Get the Milk for Free? Or Something Like That.