Indie Author Tools – Wearing Many Hats

Indie Author Tools – Part 3 – Wearing Many Hats! (check out the vlog version of this blog over on my YouTube channel – Indie Author Tools – Wearing Many Hats) If you want to go indie, being an authorpreneur is pretty much part of the deal. Unless you have money to pay people to…

Indie Author Tools – Productivity

Indie Author Tools – Productivity! In Part 1 we talked about writing. Part 2 is going to be a bit of an extension of that, but not so much about writing as how to make the time to write. That’s “write”, we’re talking about productivity. Like I mentioned previously, to earn a living as an…

Writing…it’s okay to be inappropriate

As we grow up, the adults around us teach us the things we must do if we want to be socially acceptable. Don’t swear in public, be polite, consider other people’s feelings, honesty is the best policy, I could go on. All of these tips are things we need to do to be socially accepted….

Indie Author Tools – Write the Book!

Indie Author Tools – Write The Book! You can find the video version of this blog on my YouTube Channel. Check it out here! As you can see from the below pic, indie authors basically go around in shiny clothing and straw hats, begging people to take their picture. Or maybe that’s just me…. When…

Lessons Learned – I’m a Series Author for Life!

It is Sunday and I’m sitting on my bed and listening to smooth jazz. The sunshine is coming in through my windows so strong that I nearly can’t see out of my right eye. But I won’t close the curtains. I love the sunshine. It makes me happy. What’s more, I have reason to be…

A Weekend at a Con

MystiCon was amazing! I stayed busy, as usual, the entire time I was there. I had 5 panels and 1 book signing. I arrived in Roanoke on Friday afternoon. A nice change this year is that Joe lives in Roanoke. So I packed some clothes, my books, my cats, and hit the road at 1:30…

Indie Author Tools

Indie authoring, being an authorpreneur, is a full-time job. Not only do you have to write books, but you also have to sell those books. That means lots of late nights working on marketing campaigns, lots of stat checking, lots of copywriting…just lots of stuff to keep track of. There are so many balls to…

What is Horror?

This year I’ve ventured into a new genre of fiction. Horror. Granted, all of my books have an element of horror in them, but typically the focus is on something else. The St. Sebastians books are paranormal romance, so they’re pretty well focused on my two main characters falling in love. Also, the supernatural aspects…

The Dreaded Query Letter

Getting published by a publishing house isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Though it’s not the route I’ve taken today, I used to be published by a publisher and I can tell you that it doesn’t take spending a year in Hogwarts to learn how to spell a publisher into publishing you. It’s also…

Quick and Dirty Scrivener Resource List

This is going to be a super fast blog post with useful links to sites that teach on Scrivener. Why am I posting a quick and dirty blog with resource links about Scrivener? Because Scrivener kicks ass. If you’re an author, you should use Scrivener. That’s my humble opinion. Not only as a word processor,…

2018 Year in Review/2019 Goals

Instead of my usual craft post, I wanted to talk about my 2018 year in review and plans for 2019. Looking back at 2018 I don’t have much to say about 2018 except that I didn’t accomplish nearly what I’d planned on accomplishing. I wanted to release at least 4 books this year, but only…

Content marketing….what the heck is that?

Content marketing….what the heck is that? Let’s back up a few steps. For a writer, it’s not good enough to simply write a book then send it out into the world to sell millions of copies. Books don’t sell themselves. Readers have to know they exist. If they don’t know your awesome, urban fantasy is…