Writing Structure: The Not-So-Sexy Key to Hitting Writing Goals

BLUF: All About Structure If you're serious about publishing, you need structure in your writing life. Here's a brief outline of what my writing day looked like when I was employed: 4:45 am - 5:00 am - Check & update Amazon rankings spreadsheet 5:00 am - 7: 15 am - Uninterrupted writing (except for coffee refills) Lunch - Research time (read a writer blog, a marketing FAQ, anything to address my crappy business side of writing) 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm - Check & update Amazon ad stats As you can see, writing (especially as an Indie) can be an intense journey. There's a lot to get done and, unless you have some magic I'm not aware of, you only have 24 hours in your day too. You have to dedicate ti

Addressing Reader Sensitivities With An Iron Fist: A Case For Why You Shouldn't Always Change

BLUF: People can be stupid. I recently developed the courage to read through the Goodreads reviews of my book, "12 Deaths of Christmas." For context, this book is an anthology of Christmas-themed horror stories, ala Clive Barker's "Books of Blood." One review jumped out at me as a lesson for those of you new to this writing thing, interested in being published. Better Than A 1-Star No, it wasn't a 1-start review. It was a 3-star. In fact, this review was complimentary in many facets, in ways that actually help me as an author. The only critique the reader had was that the stories with the black characters were "too tropish"--seeing the black character killed by their "oppressive" white antag

Publish Your Books in Audio: Beyond the Money

BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): Go with audio too ... or be left behind. WARNING: This is written in a deliberately flippant manner because those of you who get it may be encouraged by it, and those of you who are still resisting might challenge some of your long-held assumptions. My aim is NOT (oh yeah, you'll see lots of caps) to upset but to empower through candor. This also includes fruity language. If you're not in the right mind space to be called to the carpet on some of the things you think, I'd recommend not reading it until you are. If you DON'T feel encouraged by the end of this; I'll fear I've lost you forever as an audio-convert. ***Note: Yes, audiobooks are expensive to produce, b

2-Failures-For-Each-Success: A Timely Lesson in Not Quitting

This weekend I went to a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight night in Tacoma … and was pulled back from the edge of giving up on writing. Me? Thinking about hanging up the typewriter? You bet! Books sales have dropped off the face of the planet. I can never find the time to invest in the marketing required to find new readers now that my podcast audience has dried up. I’m currently writing the fourth, yes, fourth novel since July 5th of this year and am losing creative steam because of the crisis of confidence from the book’s sales for RIP, making a previously enjoyable project about as enticing as a trip to see the mall Santa when you don’t have kids. The situation isn’t helped with a current ba

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