20+ Amazing Writing Retreats To Check Out This Year!

20+ Amazing Writing Retreats To Check Out This Year!

EDIT: This is an older post so the dates will be wrong; but you can still click the links to see if these projects have upcoming events. I won’t be renting more castles any time soon. With the new year comes a new set of writing workshops to participate in! If you’ve joined a workshop

Write a GREAT book in a month: 34 easy steps to help you finish your first draft (free book templates for authors!)

Write a GREAT book in a month: 34 easy steps to help you finish your first draft (free book templates for authors!)

Let’s get serious for a moment: writing a book is a long-term project and it’s not going to magically happen for you until you stop browsing useless listicles that focus on everything except the actual writing part. You know the ones – they focus on motivation or lifestyle organization and give pithy highlights like...

Find the work you were meant to do (dream jobs with Pam Slim)

Find the work you were meant to do (dream jobs with Pam Slim)

  Recently I’ve been going through an identity crisis. I know what I want to do, and what I’m good at, and what I enjoy. But increasingly I’m becoming less relevant to my audience (“Great Derek, you want to write books and travel full-time. But how can you help ME?”) On the one hand, I’m

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

How to wake up early, avoid procrastination and stop being lazy – even if you have a sleep disorder

How to wake up early, avoid procrastination and stop being lazy – even if you have a sleep disorder

I have a suspicion that most of those “how to wake up early” posts are written by morning people – those annoying chipper people who smile too much. They mean well, but can’t understand the complexities of sleep deprivation facing sufferers of sleep disorders. Personally, I don’t believe in waking up early. I...

How to disable page flip in Kindle ebooks (without Vellum)

  Last year I reported on how Kindle’s new page-flip feature might be screwing up earnings for authors in KU. Since then, things have improved somewhat for some authors, while others are still seeing fishy things happen with their page reads. So how do you disable page reads for your book altogether so you can stop worrying...