Can you make art without passion? (An open letter to struggling authors)

A lot of authors – almost all I talked to – are very cautious about the money. Several writers have told me they don’t want to make money with their writing, even after publishing several novels. They don’t want to make a living with their writing, because then it would be a job; if they were getting The 3...

A month in Bali: Paradise or Purgatory?

A month in Bali: Paradise or Purgatory?

We first came to Bali last year and spent two months. I enjoyed it, my wife didn’t. That was mostly my fault, for booking hotel rooms instead of villas so she could have a kitchen and her own space (living on a bed kind of sucks for weeks on end). I convinced her to come The 3 secrets to book marketing, and a haunted castle tour...

How to be alone, without being lonely (inspirational quotes on solitude and isolation)

How to be alone, without being lonely (inspirational quotes on solitude and isolation)

For the last few years I’ve been editing a 19th century treatise called “The Genius of Solitude.” I already posted the introduction and some of my favorite quotes HERE, but I took some of the longer quotes and turned them into infographics. I love these, not only for the aesthetic beauty of the writing (I The 3 secrets to...

Can you really write a GOOD book in a month?

Can you really write a GOOD book in a month?

Almost always, if an author isn’t selling, it’s because their page isn’t converting. You need 3 things to succeed, a great blurb, cover, and enough reviews to offset skepticism. I can help you fix those things; I can also help craft your pitch or hook – which is critical for your amazon page. I can The 3 secrets to book marketing, and a...

Art has Value, Real Artists Don’t Starve, and other Shocking Truths

Art has Value, Real Artists Don’t Starve, and other Shocking Truths

I heard someone say recently, “there are too many marketers and not enough artists.” As someone deep inside the publishing industry, however, I find the opposite to be true. Recently I went to a writing conference – there were over 500 writers. All of them wanted to be artists: they made the work and now The 3 secrets to...