The most basic thing I can say about formatting is… find a program that works for you, and stick with it. Not really, but also sort of really. This is going to be a long one, and to be honest, my current feelings on this subject are somewhat wonky, but here we go! Formatting can be something you hate. It can be something that exhausts you. It can be draining and impossible. It can also be something you accept and let go and just allow it to happen. It can even be something you throw money at in order to

Am I going mildly out of order once again? Yes, but because this post has been highly requested, we’re going to go ahead and slot it in right here. Why? Because… y’all asked. There’s no reason other than that lol.  But also, this title is a lie. Sort of? I don’t know. Basically, this right here is all about how to plan your publishing schedule. This means for your first book, and then, for all of the works beyond.  Just… stay with me here. Elle’s Project Planner  ALSO OPEN THIS LINK IT’S AN ELLE FREEBIE BUT DON’T DO ANYTHING WITH

Alright, so you have your pre-order done, and it’s time to start promoting your book. You now have a link with which people can pre-order your book, and even more than that, add it to their wishlist and their TBR!  Now, there’s a few things you need to do before you go any further and start promoting it… UPLOAD YOUR BOOK TO SITES It’s time to start getting your book onto some book reviewer sites. By having them already uploaded to these sites, and doing it yourself, you make sure that the information is correct, AND, you can have people

Welcome, Welcome, to setting up your pre-order. In order to set up your preorder, you will need the following things: Book Title Series Title Book Release Date Book Cost Book Cover* Book Blurb* Please note, those last two are not actually requirements, however, I do strongly recommend them. Either way… let’s get this show on the road. It’s going to be a lot of images. A lot. But, I’m going to show you everything step by step. Please note, this is Part 1 of Pre-Orders. Part 2 will be about the promotion of your pre-orders, how to announce, etc. Also,

I mentioned last week that we would next be addressing Social Media and how to plan that content. Now, I’m going to say some things that y’all don’t want to hear, and it sucks, and I know it sucks, but this is a mooshing weird combination of… How to make social media content easier to make and manage, but also, how to have social media growth. Here’s the hard truth no one wants to hear… you have to make content to see growth. I KNOW. IT HURTS. IT SUCKS. Some people can simply say hi and gain thousands of followers,

This is exceptionally niche, however, y’all have asked, and I get lots of questions about this, so I’m going to share my madness. There will also be a video posted, walking y’all through my journals, so you can see for yourselves if you want more details, but! Here’s the long and short of it. Let’s talk about journaling and planning your week! Now of course, if you are not someone who is writing full time, this will look very different for you. That stated, the root idea is still there, which is, take all of the tasks you have for

If you’ve been around for a few minutes, then you may have just glanced at the title and said WAIT A MINUTE! THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE PRE-ORDERS POST! Which, you’re right. It is supposed to be the pre-orders post. HOWEVER! How are you going to advertise your book is available for pre-order unless you have pretty graphics?  So, we’re jumping ahead slash falling back really quick for the next three weeks to talk about a few things that you need to learn to do now to make things easier in the future. RESOURCE LINKS Before we even get

Covers Part 1 You know the old adage to never judge a book by it’s cover? Yeah. That does not apply here. 100% your book will be judged by it’s cover. Your cover is the first impression a reader has of your book. Is it eye catching? Does it stand out? Is it well balanced? What’s on the cover? Who is on the cover? When I tell you all that my cover sells my book, I mean it. I have had a number of people contact me to say they saw my cover and bought it, not knowing what was

One of the most often questions I get asked, when I talk about having Alpha and Beta readers, is: are they really that important? And to that I say… your work will be released into a world full of readers who will judge you for it. They will be reading and judging your work, assigning an arbitrary star rating to it, and talking about how much they love, or hate, your book. Yes, you need to have other people read your work. Alpha readers and Beta readers are there to do one thing, and one thing only, at the very

Editing is hard. There is, quite simply, no other way to put that. Editing is hard for so many reasons. You’re reading the same thing over and over again, your eyes are glazing over, you’re ready to move on, you’re second guessing yourself. Over and over and over again. Which is why I create a path for myself to follow, so that, rather than simply sitting there rereading, looking for general errors, I instead have something different I look for each time. Some of edits, I do chapter by chapter, some of them I do the whole manuscript in one