the Social Media Beast Eats Another Victim

Author Life: Setting Off on My Self Publishing Voyage

Agent querying has been what I would humbly term an “Epic Fail”. A solid year of querying the latest finished manuscript has netted exactly zero interested replies. And each publisher accepting un-agented manuscripts replied to my submission with an email which basically said “not for us, but if you do write something else—something, y’know, better—we would love to see it. Take care. Bye.” I’m still not willing to give up, though. This manuscript made it to the finals of an…

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So You Need a Book Cover: 16 Romance Cover Designers

It turns out, finding a ‘book cover’ design is pretty simple. There are options. LOTS of options. But when it comes to a romance book? Suddenly those choices are whittling down from Covered Log Bridge With Fancy Carved Bits to Number 2 Pencil size. Turns out creating a steamy book cover is kind of a niche thing. Rendering eye-catching mystery covers does not translate automatically to lush romance covers. It takes skill and experience with the genre to create a…

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The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Takes Risks

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group meets online on the first Wednesday of every month for the purpose of sharing expertise, discussing struggles and triumphs, and most especially propping supports underneath other struggling writers. Come, come join us and offer your own insecurities to the fresh air and sunshine. Fresh air kills insecurities, they’re exactly like viruses. Just trust me on this. To sign up for the group yourself, click here. You can also find the group on social media by…

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The Social Media Beast Requires Regular Feeding from Your Author Toolbox

This is an author toolbox blog post. The toolbox is a group of authors who come together to learn, share resources, and grow. Non-author friends who are in publishing are also welcome to join in. We’re going on three years strong now! Come check our group out and see what you think. In this day and age authors have to put ourselves out there, hanging weightless in cyberspace with multiple tentacles dangling into the ether. We need a platform. We’ve…

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The Time When an Author Responded to a Bad Review: And It Worked.

For the rest of us normal mortals: DO NOT DO THIS! No, I mean it. EVER. I see your fingers twitching towards that keyboard. DON’T. It’s the fastest way to make yourself look like a terrible person, no matter what a review says about your book. In light of recent events concerning an author who straight-up stalked a reviewer that had disliked her book, this seems like a good time to drag out and re-state my position on this issue. The ladies…

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Sacrifices for the Marketing Beast; an Author Toolbox Post

This is an Author Toolbox post. And the last one for 2018, because our fearless leader knows how crazy November (NaNoWriMo!) and December (HOLIDAYS!) get. If you missed out for this year, it’s okay. Head on over to Raimey Gallant’s website, sign your author self up, and we’ll see you in 2019! So author friends. There are roughly nine shopping weeks left until Christmas arrives, heralded by the distinct sound of gift wrap ripping. Even less time left for those of you…

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Traditionally, We Self-Publish

This is an Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. The IWSG is all about support, encouragement and connection with other writers as we dodge the rejection bullets together. If you’re thinking this sounds like a band of brothers you would like to join, come on over and sign up for the group here. Don’t forget to hop around to the hosts for this month. Soak in their wisdom, and say thank you for hosting to Toi Thomas, T. Powell Coltrin, M.J. Fifield, and Tara Tyler. The…

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Author Toolbox: Is Paying for a Facebook Ad Worth It?

Exposure isn’t just something that will kill you while hiking. For authors, it’s a coveted, elusive treasure. Like Atlantis? Let’s call it Atlantis. It’s well-concealed, no one knows if it’s real for sure, and you’ll most likely run out of air before you find it. Sounds about right. In the quest for some exposure I swallowed my pride and forked money over to the social behemoth. I decided to go with Facebook for two main reasons. First, it might not…

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