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,…

Healthy Vibe – Ultra Walking

Who has heard of ultra walking? No, never heard of it? An ultra is anything over a marathon. Ultra walking is walking long distances. I’m new to this and only recently heard about it on Joanna Penn’s (The Creative Penn) podcast. She did an ultra race last year and shared her thoughts with listeners. That…

Morning Zen

For the last three years, I’ve been on a sort of journey. A journey to find peace within myself, and the ability to interact peacefully with the world around me. Even when the world is anything but peaceful. Even when all I want to do is scream and run and shout and cry. And it…

The Project: Happiness

New year, new theme. Well, sorta. It’s Monday night and I’m sitting in bed, hanging out with the cats, trying to figure out a blog schedule and theme. Us authors have to brand ourselves if we want to be successful, you know. But what’s my brand? I write scary books, but as you can probably…

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! It’s Christmas morning and I’ve some time to get a few last minutes things done. Mainly, I forgot to change the name of my heroine in Outlaw, my upcoming release. So I knocked that out and uploaded the new version of the book to the online retailers. Phew. With only 7 hours…

2016 Lessons Learned

It’s been a minute since my last blog post. I can’t believe I didn’t even blog about my experience at HallowRead in Havre de Grace! That was one spectacular weekend. I did post pictures of the town on my Facebook page. Maybe I’ll do another blog post for the places I visited this year, as…

Writing with soul

Writing with soul. That seems like an easy thing to do, but it’s a lot harder than it seems. Stephen King (who everyone knows is my favorite author) and JK Rowling have mastered infusing soul into the books they write. That’s one of the reasons their books sell so well. For JK Rowling, she’s not…

Outline Killers

Plotter or Pantser? That’s the question asked in writer circles around the world. I am a proud, card carrying, plotter. My plotting method is a bit crazy, but it works for me. First, I plot out the beginning of the book. I go as far as I can easily get. Once I’m happy with what…

Creating Characters

I have a staring problem. Honest. I stare at people longer than I should. Sometimes someone catches me doing it, too. When it’s a man, often he thinks I’m flirting with him. But I’m not. I’m a writer and being curious about people is sort of my job. It’s what makes me able to create…

Re-calibrating

Since I’ve gone indie, one thing that I find myself doing a few times a year is…. reviewing then re-calibrating if necessary. What I mean by that is, I step back and look at all of my stats and decide if I like what I see. If I do like what I see, I continue…