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Why I’ve Decided to Self-Publish

This post is the first of many that will chronicle my journey in self-publishing... Feel free to weigh in, if you have insight, or ask any questions about the process as I set out. I plan to layout the various steps I am taking, as I take them, from finding designers and editors, to marketing… Continue reading Why I’ve Decided to Self-Publish

On Writing, Wattpad

Why You Should Post a Story on Wattpad

Okay, if you have been following my Wattpad experience at all, you know I am still new to the site, but I have been chronicling my experience for anyone out there who is on Wattpad or is considering using the site. Last time, I talked about how to build a readership on Wattpad. Now, I… Continue reading Why You Should Post a Story on Wattpad

On Writing, Wattpad

Getting Readers on Wattpad

That’s why you’re thinking about posting your story on Wattpad, right? Everyone wants to have their story read. But how do you get people to read a new story on a site that has literally millions of stories? There are stories on Wattpad with millions of views and thousands of votes, and it can be… Continue reading Getting Readers on Wattpad

On Writing, Wattpad

Posting a Story on Wattpad

I am beginning a new blog series discussing my experience on Wattpad. If any of you are using the social writing and reading site, I would love to dialogue about it. If you are new to Wattpad, it is a website where thousands upon thousands of writers post stories or novels, typically serially, for free… Continue reading Posting a Story on Wattpad

On Writing

What Are the REAL Odds of Success? Extreme Ownership & the Best-Selling Author

Read this. As always, very insightful advice for writers from Kristen Lamb. It is not easy, but if you put in the work, you can be successful.

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Many of us are doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). If you’ve been following this blog the last two weeks, then you probably know I’ve had a horrific case of the flu. While this does mean I’ve sidelined editing (have to have higher thinking skills) and teaching (kind of need a voice) this has not excused me from writing.

In fact, it’s been pretty good for my writing since Robotussin apparently chloroforms the internal editor and is like Skittles to the Lizard Brain who is now running around in my head with scissors.

Oh God! It has the glitter! Hold on! Back in a minute….

Where was I? Yes, Lizard Brain is great for creating, and if I keep my pace, I should finish my 50,000 words tomorrow. Right now I am at almost 41,000 words and have been averaging about…

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On Writing

Looking at Your Writing from a New Perspective (Breaking Writer’s Block)

It has been a while since I've written. For a number of reasons, but largely because I have been busy and I have been stuck. I know, I know. The age-old excuses. But they plague us all, don't they? I work full time and I am a full time graduate student. So time is tight.… Continue reading Looking at Your Writing from a New Perspective (Breaking Writer’s Block)

On Writing

Finding a Writer’s Voice

My earliest memories of writing are from grade school, tracing the forms of letters on perforated outlines before graduating to attempt them freehand; then, on to short sentences -- See Dick Run sorts of things. At the time, penmanship was still a virtue, and we students had uncomfortable little rubber insets on our pencils to… Continue reading Finding a Writer’s Voice

On Writing

Brave New Publishing—Amazon Testing Paying Authors by the Page

Very interesting stuff here. As of now, this only has to do with borrowed books, but who knows how it might change publishing over the next few years…

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We live in a really strange time and technology has altered the publishing landscape into something we could never have imagined in 1999. The changes have been nothing short of science fiction. Well, buckle your seat belts because it is about to happen again. Just about the time we kind of get the knack of things, it seems there is yet another upheaval and we have to adapt.

This is why I wrote my social media branding book Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World.  My methods keep us from having to tear down and start over every time something in the tech world goes topsy-turvy and we can maintain brand momentum no matter what. But this time it isn’t social media throwing the curve ball.

It is Amazon.

I’ve worked hard to be balanced in all my opinions…

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