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

Alright, it’s time to start writing. You have an idea, whether it be loose or solid, but you have an idea, and it’s time to put it onto paper. The question is… do you plot? Do you pants? Who are you? What are you doing? I’ll go ahead and spell it out right now – I plot to pants. What do I mean by that? I mean, I plot just enough that, once I’m writing, I can pants it, so long as I loosely stay near the path. If I veer too far off course, I need to stop and

Author Assets Part 1 So you’ve decided to write a book and become a published author! Great! The first thing you’re going to want to do ISN’T start writing. Why?  Did you know that over 3/4 of Americans feel as though they have a book within them? 75%! That’s huge! Three out of every four people you know feel they have a story to tell. How many of them are published? How many people do you think start writing a book that they never finish? Writing a book is lonely stuff! It’s no wonder people struggle to finish. Do you

I fully believe on transparency. I have said a few times now that my budget for self publishing was small, and that I spent money I didn’t need to, and I took risks, but I regret none of it. Here it is. I spent $506 from July through January, releasing my first book at the end of November, and receiving my first royalty check at the end of January. This is how I started. Let me tell you what I did right and what I did wrong, and what I would do if I had a little more money. PO