25 Self-Editing Tips for Indie Authors (and 8 unfortunately common writing mistakes that make you look like an amateur)

25 Self-Editing Tips for Indie Authors (and 8 unfortunately common writing mistakes that make you look like an amateur)

Years of publishing has taught me that a book written and published quickly can be just as good (or better) than one that took ten years to polish. Even though I have a PhD in Literature and spent nearly a decade as a book editor, I’ve seen far too many beautifully edited books fail; I’ve The 3 secrets to book marketing, and a...

The Plot Dot (a visual guide to plotting fiction and writing unforgettable scenes)

The Plot Dot (a visual guide to plotting fiction and writing unforgettable scenes)

Now available on Amazon! (Free in the US store, or you can download a PDF below). Since I started writing fiction, I learned my design skills and art background make me really good at visualizing scenes. I even developed some mental tricks for creating powerful, resonant scenes that stick in people’s minds. I started thinking The 3...

A Defense of #amwriting (and NaNoWriMo)

A Defense of #amwriting (and NaNoWriMo)

I recently found out about the “War on #amwriting” while researching for a tattoo befitting someone involved in publishing, that announces to the world what I do. I chose this one… it’s pretentious enough to make me self-conscious until I work my ass off and publish a legacy of books It’s great article, bemoaning the The 3 secrets to book...