Fighting a Creative Slump: Trying to Redefine What I See As “Productivity”

I'm no stranger to creative slumps. Every year, I crash at least once, wonder why I write at all, and take a few weeks off. It eventually pases, all is well again, and I get back to work. But not this year! This year has been terrible. I finished the edit of my most recent … Continue reading Fighting a Creative Slump: Trying to Redefine What I See As “Productivity”

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Learning How to Market Books: LibraryThing Is Pretty Neat

When I first started experimenting with book marketing, I managed to post about Goodreads Book Giveaways just a few months before they mad them expensive as heck. And you know what sucked? I had a box of books in my closet. I ordered a small number of books so I could test out Goodreads, but … Continue reading Learning How to Market Books: LibraryThing Is Pretty Neat

Socializing, Platform, and Actually Talking to People: What’s an Author Supposed to Do?

It's been a while since I posted! So, first off: sorry for vanishing off the face of the Earth like that. Mostly, I've been busy. Busy-busy. Work's nuts. Long hours. Overtime. Craziness. There's barely been time to write, and if I don't have time to write, then I definitely don't have time to blog. But … Continue reading Socializing, Platform, and Actually Talking to People: What’s an Author Supposed to Do?

Fun With QueryTracker: How to Spend Too Much Time with the Data Explorer

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm back in the query trenches. And that means I'm spending way too much time thinking about querying. So let's talk about one of my favorite QueryTracker tools: the Data Explorer! What is the Data Explorer? The Data Explorer shows every time a QueryTracker user has submitted a … Continue reading Fun With QueryTracker: How to Spend Too Much Time with the Data Explorer

Plotters vs. Planners: It’s a Continuum, Not a Tribe That Defines Your Being

Are you a plotter or a planner? Well? Do you plan things or do you wing it? Are you organized or spontaneous? Do you structure your books or do you wait for the muse to take you by the hand? You're one or the other! Choose! If you've been writing any amount of time, you've … Continue reading Plotters vs. Planners: It’s a Continuum, Not a Tribe That Defines Your Being