What should I name my characters? How to choose names for your novel

My name is Derek, which means “leader of the people.” My sister’s name is “Terra” which means earth. Both names reflect our parents’ backgrounds, ethnicity, and popular names of the time period. When you’re choosing character names for your novel, you can pretend you’re planning out the future lives and success of your children (you are, in a sense!). Is ... Read More »

How to write a successful ending to your novel: 3 essential tips

A novel, any novel, thrives on conflict, resolution and change. You need to show readers what’s at stake, then allow it to happen. Show the characters worrying and trying to prevent things – then always let those things happen. Everything the character does makes things worse. There is conflict on every page that is believable (characters have a real motivation ... Read More »

Lightning Source Fees: Read this before you publish!

Maybe you’ve done your research and have decided that to give your book a fair shot in the competition against mainstream published books, you need to use a distributor like Lightning Source. If so, here are some tips to help you set up! 1) Make sure all your files are perfect, unimpeachable, eternal. Unfortunately, unlike Createspace where you can keep ... Read More »

Using your blog and Twitter to promote your book: tips from bestselling author John Locke

Recently I read John Locke’s kindle book, “How I sold 1 million ebooks in 5 months.” It’s well worth reading so you should check it out. Locke reveals exactly what his title promises. A few of my favorite tips are below: 1) You need to have more than one book. A complex marketing strategy to promote yourself won’t be as ... Read More »

How I went from PR0 to PR3 in one month, on a new site with no content: get a high pagerank quickly

Update! After posting this, I got distracted and added a “maintenance mode” plugin in for several months, which resulted in PR going back down to zero. Lesson learned. Sometime today or yesterday Google updated its PR database. “Pagerank” is a somewhat nebulous term that seems to refer to how “popular” your site is – how many people are linking to ... Read More »

A you a Dali or a Van Gogh? Selling yourself as an author or artist

There are two types of people in the world, and only one of them are successful. The Dalis are brazen self-promoters and headline grabbers. They are invincible in their self-confidence, creative and crazy in their media-friendliness, daring in their publicity stunts. The Van Goghs are quietly reflective, they ask people for favors, they are patient and sensitive, they trust other ... Read More »

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