February 18, 2017

Saturday ramblings and rumblings

Had a lot of my mind thanks to several conversations I've had this week, so I decided to do a back-to-back instead of waiting a day or two. Topics range from confusion to focus.
February 17, 2017

My Titles Come From My Heart

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.
February 15, 2017

Meet Joshua Robertson and JC Boyd

We met Josh back in July 2016 when he introduced us to his Hawkhurst Saga. Now it's time to welcome him once again as he reintroduces the world to Anaerfell, Book 1 in The Blood of Dragons series.
February 11, 2017

Free Giveaways: Authors really can’t afford them

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?
February 8, 2017

Quiet, but here

A quiet muse and frustrated geek involved in a book release... Just a typical hump day for an author.
February 2, 2017

Growing Up with the Net

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.
January 31, 2017

Meet Heidi Angell

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.
January 27, 2017

Paying it forward and learning about taxes at the same time

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.
January 25, 2017

How Goins’ 5-draft method probably saved my writing and sanity

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.
January 23, 2017

Meet Andy Peloquin Part II

We welcome back Andy Peloquin for another round of Meet The Author. This time he is introducing us to his new series, Queen of Thieves.
January 20, 2017

Accepting criticism with grace

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.
January 18, 2017

Meet Lyndsey Harper

Lyndsey is a brilliant author you’ve likely never heard of, Superwife, and award-winning mother living life in leggings in the expensive and overcrowded state of New Jersey.
January 16, 2017

Email marketing from a web developer’s POV

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.
January 13, 2017

Should authors have a blog? – Tim Grahl

Asking yourself if you need to start or continue a blog when thinking about your author platform is definitely the wrong place to start. It creates excuses. You and your blog need a purpose.
January 11, 2017

Finding Time By Making Time

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.
January 9, 2017

Why do I continue to write?

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.