Dear BookBub, I’m breaking up with you

When I first started writing fiction, I needed someone to believe in me. I was ecstatic to get my first BookBub deal – a deal that helped me get 20,000 downloads for book one in my series and earn $8,297 in the same month. I thought I’d made it. Together, we were unbeatable. But now The 3 secrets to book marketing, and a haunted...

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...

How to hire a ghostwriter for your book & average salary for ghostwriting jobs

How to hire a ghostwriter for your book & average salary for ghostwriting jobs

We’re having a discussion in one of my Facebook groups, after someone asked how much they should pay to hire a freelance writer to do some ghostwriting for them. I suggested $500 for 50K. That’s not a lot of money, at all. Some people in the group are frustrated by people (like me) devaluing the The 3 secrets to book marketing...

Free fiction writing template to help you outline your novel (Word, Scrivener, G-Docs, Plottr)

Free fiction writing template to help you outline your novel (Word, Scrivener, G-Docs, Plottr)

BRILLIANT! Positively BRILLIANT. Most comprehensive outline I’ve ever seen anywhere. Thank you Derek! A few years ago I made the Plot Dot (now free on Amazon!) – my simple 8-point novel writing template, with the major dramatic twists most stories need to hit. I always wanted a more in-depth book outline and plotting cheatsheet, but...

Why writing a book is like baking a cake

Why writing a book is like baking a cake

  Let’s say you make cake, but you don’t want to conform to a type of cake. You create an epic masterpiece, but it’s not quite chocolate, or carrot, or red velvet… it’s a mashup of everything, with layers and structure and everything is new and different. It’s ART. But now that it’s done, how The 3 secrets to book marketing, and a...

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...