If you can’t write, teach (aka, writing coaches are full of shit)

Today someone involved with a prestigious writing retreat requested to join my Facebook group, then immediately spammed us with a last chance offer to join an expensive online writing course. Technically, she was offering something that could have appealed to writers, so I felt bad for deleting the post, but on the other hand… you don’t join a Facebook group ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

How to write books that sell (writing fiction for hot markets)

I talk a lot about writing to market – AKA writing books for popular genres to maximize profit – but since it seems sketchy and abhorrent to authors who consider themselves “real authors” writing “real books” I thought I’d share my process. It’s true there are a lot of other online marketers writing shitty books to cash in on popular ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

How much does the average author earn publishing their book?

A common question I see on Facebook or in writing groups from newbie authors is, “How much can I expect to earn publishing my book?” This is a pretty easy question to answer, but it might discourage you. Further, the way that some authors overcome this discouragement is fascinating – almost to the point of willful insanity. If you’re hoping ... Read More »

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