Good words to read since I’m feeling really bummed and lost right now.

http://sueannporter.com/2016/06/13/how-to-handle-disappointment/

Advertisements

Want to Write Great Fiction? Stop Using the “Logical” Side of Your Brain

There’s no right or wrong way!

A Writer's Path

brain-1787622_640

by Lauren Sapala

Every morning when I open my inbox a landslide of emails from the online writing community pour out. Blog posts, newsletters, classes and programs and retreats. And then I jump on social media and the wave continues: Advice and instructions on character development, plotting your plot, finessing the end and then going back to that first page and polishing your opening hook until it sparkles and shines and catches the eye of every agent with an email address.

View original post 858 more words

The Sweat and Tears in Writing

I’ve spent ten years revising Return to Royalty…I hope book 2 doesn’t take that long 😅😭

A Writer's Path

dumbbells-1634750_640

by Jordan Jolley

If you devote time for the quality of your story, then your book’s potential can go far.

There are two very common questions people ask me: “How long did it take you to write your first book?” and “Are you done with your second book?”

View original post 424 more words

Adding on to Wednesday News Post

If you don’t follow my Wednesday News posts, go here and subscribe! I’ll wait.

Now that you’re back, let’s talk more about publishing and LLCs and stuff that I did this week.

Image result for one does not simply

Something else I’ve been working on is marketing and learning how to write a marketing strategy. I really want big suppliers like Baker and Taylor to carry my book, but they need a fee (doable), a massive amount of books, pre-orders, and a marketing plan (*pulling my hair out*).

Image result for fry meme

So the money isn’t really the issue with these things. It’s mostly the fact that I don’t have massive quantities of my book on hand, I don’t have a significant source of pre-orders yet, and I haven’t put together a marketing plan.

I get a lot of cool benefits through Author U (if you don’t know about it and Judith Briles, look it up and join!) which include free webinars. I’ve been doing the best I can to learn about how to use Bublish and IngramSpark and Book Grabbr, but starting from the ground is hard. I have what qualifies as basically a barely-there following (sorry guys!) in internet terms, which majorly sucks.

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find other bloggers that review books to request reviews. That’s hard because a lot of them are super busy. I’ve had several responses, but mostly none at all, which is hard for morale. But I also have been into some indie book stores that will carry my book, which helps balance out the lack of internet points. I know this has little to do with marketing strategy, but it’s part of the whole that’s really important.

Most book sales happen online. So how do I reach buyers online?? This is the question I keep asking myself and still don’t have a solution to. I’m still learning about how to put together a marketing plan on paper for potential buyers, so I’ll have more about that next week.

It’s like being in school all over again, except I’m doing more work than I ever did in school! And I stand to make money instead of lose it! Ha!

Image result for memes

So until next week cool blog-reading peeps!

Quick! Stop that Runaway Character!

I dunno if this resonates with me…I know the characters are part of me, but I feel like maybe they’re not sometimes.

A Writer's Path

girl-162474_640

by Lev Raphael

I’ve been doing readings from my fiction since the early 90s and one of the common questions I get afterwards is “Do your characters ever tell you what to do?” or “Do your characters ever get away from you?”

That question is a fascinating doorway into how people tend to perceive authors and the writing process–and how they want to.

View original post 368 more words