book publishing

Color and Grow Rich (A coloring book based on Napoleon Hill)

Had this fun idea last week, it’s up on Amazon already. An adult coloring book inspired by the writings of Napoleon Hill. In the 1937 edition of Think and Grow Rich, American new-thought author and impresario Napoleon Hill insisted that fervid expectations are essential to increasing one’s income. But Hill’s plan for financial success wasn’t as simple or easy as …

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The rise of “sweary” adult coloring books that help people

Today I got to chat with Sasha O’hara, author of the “irreverant” adult coloring books “Calm the F*ck Down” (which is #23 in the entire Amazon store) and sequel “Chill the F*ck Out.” Basically, these are books that take the stress-relieving craze of adult coloring books and make them fun by adding swear words and vulgar phrases. Of course specifically …

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10 things indie authors are doing wrong (and 7 things they’re doing right)

I wrote an article a year ago about what I see most self-publishing authors doing wrong. They’re still doing it. So I made a new post… with a big infographic. If you want to help indie authors and self-publishers succeed (and gently nudge them away from being annoying and spammy) please share – you can add this infographic on your …

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2016 presidential election memorial coloring book (contest!)

About a month ago I became obsessed with making some adult coloring books. The first few are nearly done (will be one Amazon in a few days), so I can start talking about them. This one is a memorial coloring book for the 2016 presidential election.     I’m still thinking of putting it on Kickstarter, except I don’t really …

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The Plot Dot (a visual guide to plotting fiction and writing unforgettable scenes)

the plot dot adult coloring book for authors

Since I started writing fiction, I learned my design skills and art background make me really good at visualizing scenes. I even developed some mental tricks for creating powerful, resonant scenes that stick in people’s minds. I started thinking of each scene as one perfect picture, with a flash of color to draw the eye – an object representing the …

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Why negative reviews are better than no reviews

I got a negative review today. It’s not bad; actually it’s pretty good for a negative review… because it’s complaining about how I’m choosing to publish, while admitting the writing is good and she’ll probably buy the next book. Negative reviews like that are probably better than positive reviews. People don’t really trust 5 star reviews and most people will …

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