Unconventional book marketing tips for authors

Unconventional book marketing tips for authors

A while ago I read Seth Godin’s This is Marketing; in this article I’ll try to parse meaning so you can apply his insights to your own creative projects. (Some of this may be paraphrased as I’m working off quick notes.) Firstly, Seth addresses the doubt and fear most creatives face around marketing their work:

The six types of (failed) writers: which one are you?

I saw this infographic today, about the Six Types of Writers. Great, I thought – I like cute and fun online Facebook tests about writers that momentarily distract me from the challenges of writing. I was asked, “Which one are you,” so I searched. Here’s the problem, these aren’t the six types of writers. These

Writing contests and book award competitions for authors

Writing contests and book award competitions for authors

This is usually where I’d post a roundup of the best (FREE to enter) writing contests. But I’ve decided not to, because even though they’re great for traffic, there are several sites that have already put lists like that together – I’ll link to those at the end of this post. So, why write anything

What is Kindle Vella (dumpster fire or publishing opportunity?)

What is Kindle Vella (dumpster fire or publishing opportunity?)

There are some rumblings this week as Kindle announced a new program for authors called Kindle Vella; basically a short, serialized place for content that’s separate from the main Kindle store and runs more like a smartphone app. Several companies have tried to pull this off, (“Radish” is the most successful one) but Amazon...

What’s up with GameStop, Reddit & Bitcoin?

What’s up with GameStop, Reddit & Bitcoin?

There’s a financial war going on. Some peeps on Reddit took smart bets against Wall Street positions, which were severely over leveraged – assuming big companies would fail or shut down during the Pandemic. They realized if they pushed the stock up, the hedge funds would be forced to compete or buy at high prices

How to publish when you’re too depressed to write

How to publish when you’re too depressed to write

I just got an email from someone saying they were too depressed to publish, so I’m sharing my response: “Release it first, promote it later; the market decides whether they like it, and the work is what it is, so don’t let your feelings or doubts stop you from getting it out there.” Edit: Now

Best sites for writers (and the winner is…)

Best sites for writers (and the winner is…)

For the second year in a row, my humble mess of a blog got listed by the WriteLife as one of the top 100 sites for writers – right next to Jane Friedman and Dave Chesson, so I thought I’d mark the moment with some stories. I *met* Dave years ago when I was in Taiwan, and

Fantastic Journey – from Blog to Book

Fantastic Journey – from Blog to Book

How to Make the Dream Come True Every journey begins with a single step. Derek Murphy helped me navigate and overcome the obstacle course between me and my destination of becoming a successful Indie fantasy author. We met online after I’d completed my first medieval fantasy novel. I was lurking around his website, CreativIndie. As

Reviews are in: my book sucks

Reviews are in: my book sucks

It’s been a few weeks since I launched Book Craft, the writing guide I’ve been working on all year, and reviews are terrible. I don’t really have a great place to discuss this, so I’m starting a blog post here. It’s obviously not great marketing to talk about bad reviews in a defensive preface; or

Secrets of a Bestselling Book Coach

Secrets of a Bestselling Book Coach

Today I went down the rabbit hole of professional book coaches: you know, those people who help you write books. I’ve talked about this a little on this blog but it was probably mostly negative and my stance might be shifting a little bit. You see, I don’t really believe in coaches. Coaches help give