246 black mermaid fantasy art illustration (for free)

246 black mermaid fantasy art illustration (for free)

I’ve been seeing a lot of memes recently about the little mermaid trailer controversy: some people are upset that Disney’s new live action Ariel will be black – and have used arguments like “mermaids have always historically been white” or “it makes no sense for people under the sea to have more...

Best online writing courses for authors

Best online writing courses for authors

There are basically two challenges with writing. The first is knowledge. I see new authors post stuff online like “I’ve decided to write a book, but I don’t write or read books… how do I get started?” The common advice is to start writing; so first time authors just write a book with no guidance and end...

5 Tips for a Successful Guest Post Email Outreach Campaign

5 Tips for a Successful Guest Post Email Outreach Campaign

(and What Mistakes to Avoid) Unless you have a Rolodex of highly placed contacts in the online world at your fingertips, when it comes to landing guest posting gigs, good old cold email outreach is one of the most effective ways to get to yes. Now, I’m not talking about paid or sponsored guest posts The 3 secrets to book marketing, and a...

A million dollars worth of book marketing advice

A million dollars worth of book marketing advice

I spent today writing four new articles about book marketing and making videos to go with them; I posted them over at marketing for writers but since it’s a new site, it doesn’t get any traffic yet… so I’m posting the links and videos here so you can read them. These are long, in-depth posts. How The 3 secrets to book...

Bionic reading makes my divergent brain happy

When I was young, I couldn’t hold a pencil “the right way.” It became a challenge every year for my new teachers, until I was 12 or so. They would try various discipline or mechanical measures (rewards, punishments, or little rubber grips that made it much more difficult and uncomfortable to hold a pencil the The 3 secrets...

The Wife (a review of a movie about writing)

The Wife (a review of a movie about writing)

I love occasionally reviewing movies when they talk about creative or artistic themes. Generally, they romanticize the art and increase the conflict, by repeating harmful stereotypes. People – and most wannabe authors – *love* this stuff because it feels inspiring and reinforces their preexisting convictions. But that’s why...

Making a living as an author (bestselling genres)

Making a living as an author (bestselling genres)

I am constantly asked how to make a living as an author, and so here it is. If you want to have the best chance of being a successful author in 2022 (and beyond), then you should write one of the following genres: romance (including reverse harem, erotica, paranormal, et al) thriller (including crime, mystery,