AKA, HOW TO WRITE FASTER. Yes, you read that right. How to write faster. Well, more specifically, how to write faster when you’re short on writing time. A little hint: you’re going to need to get organized! Something I get asked quite often is how I write so fast when sprinting. I know the silent question is, how do I write so fast and, lately, publish so slow. The second part of that question, of course, is that life has been kicking me roughly in the backside and kept the amount of time I can actually sit down and write

  So there you are, staring at Microsoft Word (or Google Docs, but Microsoft Word is nice and you’re a professional, dammit!). It is time for you to start writing your new manuscript, or maybe copy and paste it in from whatever writing program you have been using. It’s time to start editing your work, or maybe share it with Alphas and Betas. Maybe it’s even time to send it to an editor! And you have no idea how to format the document or how it is supposed to look. And okay, maybe you’re the only one who’s going to

It is the first half of October, which means we have entered a phase many authors and writers lovingly call PREPTOBER. What is Preptober, you ask? It’s preparing for NANOWRIMO. If you haven’t heard of Nanowrimo, don’t you worry! I’m going to walk you through Preptober, Nanowrimo, some resources you use, and some tips on how to tackle this. This blog post is definitely heavy for all of the aspiring authors out there figuring out how to get started, but if you’re someone who struggles with writing steadily, finding time to write, keeping a schedule, or haven’t ever participated in

So you’ve written and edited and marketed and published your first novel, and then you get the inevitable question… is there an audiobook for this. It’s a question that seems to pop up almost immediately any time I post about a new book, or even an idea for a book. Is there an audiobook? And of course, your answer will most likely be… Uhhhh… Because the fact is, producing an Audiobook isn’t cheap, it takes time, and it takes resources. But it’s not impossible! So, let’s talk about it. Let’s talk about audiobooks. Let’s talk about your next steps after

So, you’ve written a book, you’ve released it, it’s out into the world, and now… what. Now, what do you do? Now, what do you work on next? How do you continue momentum? How do you bring in more readers? How do you keep up engagement? How do you progress onto the next project? How do you even pick your next project? And how the hell do you pick between passion and profits? Well, let’s break it down. Let’s talk about it. Let’s figure out how to continue success. MARKETING AFTER THE FIRST THIRTY DAYS Thirty days after release, according

I’m going to go ahead and start this one with a hard truth. I’ve never been anything but honest with everyone, and so even in the hard moments, when we have to say the things no one wants to hear and no one wants to believe… I try to keep it honest. And with this one, I’m also going to keep it blunt, because will argue about it. Your book will be stolen by pirates and posted online. It does not matter if your book is not in KU. It does not matter if you are careful about who you

It is release day! You made it to the finish line! Your book is out in the world! Now what do you do on this day! Wait! Crap! Welp— Alright, I hope it’s not release day for you, because you have stuff and things you need to do and schedule before release, so like… let’s do those things, but you know, if this is release day for you, congrats! There’s lots for you to do. So, pull up a chair, grab your coffee, take a deep breath, and get ready with your calendar and some post it notes. We’ve got

I am going to say something that is… not a popular statement, but it is a factual one. It’s something that a lot of people forget. It’s something a lot of people want to ignore. But, the fact is, if you are here right now reading this blog, then you are serious about being an author and publishing and succeeding and doing it right, which means, we need to have this conversation. You, as an author, are running a business. This is a business. And you, as an author, are your brand. Your morals, what you stand for, what you

Let’s talk marketing. Now, we’ve talked about social media and graphics and ARC teams, all of which are also marketing, but we haven’t really talked about active vs passive marketing, or how to ride the waves, or even how trad pub glorifies the first 30 days when they’re a lie, or even about the push. So much goes into marketing for an indie, things that you wouldn’t normally think of, and a lot of what I’ve already discussed, things I encourage and recommend, are all a huge part of it, but marketing as a whole… it’s a constant. It’s something

Last March, I shared with everyone via my Patreon how I went about journaling, planning my week, and organizing tasks. I also included a video, showed off my various journals, showed off a new planner I had, and had a very color coded and organized system for tackling all of the things I concern myself during the week. If you think I still journal/plan that way, you’re crazy pants. Original Posts: Step 7 : Journaling Step 8 : Social Media Now, part of this is because life is busy. Part of this is because I’ve moved onto different journals. And