How to Handle FAILURE!

This may come as a surprise, but everyone has failed. People who are at the top of their field, they all have failed. Singer/songwriter, Sade, was turned down by numerous record companies. One record company rep told her to get out of the music business because he didn’t think she had a voice! JK Rowling’s…

Dealing with Rejection

If you want to make a living writing books (or in fact do anything in the arts on a professional level), you have to be thick skinned. Rejection, insults, they all come with the job. Though, having written for a publishing house and as an indie, one of the perks of being an indie is…

The Path to Authorpreneurship – Part 3

The Path to Authorpreneurship – Part 3 – 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 do all the extra things that need to be done, you’ll be doing those things yourself. And even if you…

The Path to Authorpreneurship – Part 2

The Path to Authorpreneurship – Part 2 – 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…

The Path to Authorpreneurship – Part 1

The Path to Authorpreneurship – Part 1 – Write That Book! 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 I’ve done book readings, I’ve noticed that most people don’t understand what indie…

My Favorite RV

Got books? The answer to that question for me is a resounding, yes! I got a box of books last week and am getting another box, probably this week. Don’t get too excited, though. The books are my books, so I’ve already read them and I know how they end. What makes this book delivery…

Sunday Roundup #6 (a few days late)

Goal #1 – Write 10K a week – Last week I didn’t write 10K, but there’s a good reason for that. I was focused on fixing a plot hole. For this plot hole, I ended up adding a few new characters (that I’ll have to add to the second book) and a new subplot. I’m…

Prepping for a book signing

Full disclosure. The pic is from a book signing I did at BEA in NYC when I wrote for Ellora’s Cave. The cover models worked for Ellora’s Cave and sadly, don’t magically appear at all book signings. Wouldn’t it be cool if they did! I have a big book signing coming up in April. The…

What to do when you’re writing in a genre you can’t SELL!

I hate that headline! I hated writing it and I hate that that’s been my experience. I’ve been writing in a genre that I can’t sell. Mysteries. There’s nothing wrong with the mystery genre. I read lots of mysteries. I probably read more mysteries than anything else. That includes horror. And I know for a…

Authoring in 2018

One of the questions indie authors ask themselves is whether to go wide with their book distribution or to publish exclusively with Amazon so they can take advantage of the perks offered by KDP Select. Some of those perks include: Book availability to Kindle Unlimited subscribers The ability to take part in Kindle Countdown deals…

Sunday Roundup #2

Goal #1 As you can see from the pic, I nailed my word count. In two weeks, I’m through Act I of my WIP. And I’m not just aiming to be productive. A fast word count doesn’t mean anything if the book isn’t good. So far, the book seems really good. Once I finish the…

Sunday Roundup

How did everyone’s week go? Now that I’m typing, I’m thinking that the roundup post might be better on Saturday. But Sunday feels more like the end of the week to me, even though it’s the beginning. Oh well. Think I’m sticking with Sunday. I’ve started the year with two goals. There will be more,…