My titles reflect not only my story, but who I am and what the story means to me. Making money would be nice, but I'm not going to sacrifice the integrity of my words for a buck. I write and say what I mean. Packaging myself, or my works up, in some smelly perfume just to appeal to the masses isn't who I am.
Experts tell authors to treat their writing like a business for tax purposes and sanity reasons. Consumers expect them to give their works away for free. No business can survive with that ROI model, why should authors have to?
Thinking about doing a book on the Internet from a web developer's point of view. Growing Up with the Net will look back at the changes over the last few decades, share some behind the scenes stuff, and offer practical insight and advice.
Heidi Angell is a bibliophile, lexicomaniac and wordsmith. She is the author of The Hunters Series, The Clear Angel Chronicles, and The Hell School Series. She also created Royal Prince Vince, and Creative Exercises to Inspire.
Since I learned to see by watching for patterns, I often misjudge the universe's intentions and compile all the negatives that enter my life into one huge warning or stop sign. That is until it steps in and drops a golden apple on my head.
Back in July 2016, I thought I had found the perfect method for writing a book.Then I realized it didn't take into consideration the difference between one paragraph ideas and those that turn into a couple of pages, if not whole chapters. Jeff Goins' 5-draft method doesn't compress things and has the flexibility to accommodate existing material. It also has cool words that actually describe how to treat something.
What if we could set the competition aside and use each other's knowledge and experience to create a better place for everyone? Idealistic and naive, maybe. Still it's something we all need to consider, especially in the divisive and uncertain climate we all seem to find ourselves in.
Email marketing is a proven way of getting the word out. Done right, it increases sales. Done wrong and its deadlier than a gun to a marketing campaign. Here's some insight from a developer who's been around the block with this tool.
Who we spend time on is as precious the seconds that pass through our hands. Who is more precious than oneself? If we don't invest in our health and well-being the time we invest in other things isn't going to matter. Feeling like we don't have enough time for things is a major cause of stress. Here's a few things I am doing to build my time portfolio.
Someone asked me this question over New Year's dinner, questioning the motivation for doing something that wasn't selling, or making any money. I gave them the simple answers of needing at least two books to start the name-building process and wanting to finish what I started. Here's the more complicated ones.