You thought your writing life would turn out differently. No one believes in you as a writer. Even your family discourages you from reaching “too high.” You’re stressed about money, time conflicts, or both. Paying for memberships, workshops, conferences, and advertisements has you tapped out. Platform building takes more time than you thought. You hate marketing. The sheer number of books in print intimidates you. Your book isn’t selling. The publisher you most wanted to sign with ignores your submission. A contract falls through. Your agent stops replying to emails. No one shows up to your author Q&A. Amazon’s rankings bury your book. Writing isn’t fun anymore. Continue Reading>>
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With National Novel Writing Month (also known as Nanowrimo or simply Nano) upon us, I’ve decided to unveil the writing productivity technique most responsible for helping write two novel-length books (about 125,000 good words) over the short summer months. After landing myself in that fix, I recovered from banging my head on the keyboard and set myself to explore ways to write faster. Continue Reading>>
You’ve pared commitments, limited distractions, and locked down the Internet. Despite your efforts, time slips by until you face the choice of abandoning your word count goal for the day or sacrificing family time. Again. Try as you might, the day doesn’t hold enough hours to accomplish your to-do list. If only you could find a way to write fast. Continue reading>>
Participating in a book bundle can be fun and profitable or an experience never to repeat. It’s flattering to receive an invitation to join with other authors to create a book bundle, but think through any involvement in a book bundle and by all means do your research before you commit. While being in one can increase your exposure and promote your shared book in the rankings, they have their drawbacks. Publishing in a book bundle with other authors can turn out well, except when it doesn’t. Continue Reading>>
Writing a book can take much longer than you planned, which is why learning to write faster makes sense for most of us. If you are one of those writers who can reel off 10,000 words in a single sitting and still have time and the presence of mind to chat on Facebook, you can be dismissed now. The rest of us will take a look at a proven technique for writing faster. Continue Reading>>
When walking through a library or bookstore, have all the titles by other authors ever intimidated you? Visiting an online bookstore like Amazon only magnifies this reaction, since these sites have the virtual space to stock even more books. Or maybe you know someone who has attained everything you want as a writer without raising a sweat. By contrast, finding your own place in the crowded publishing marketplace seems difficult, if not downright impossible. Going beyond that and envisioning your writing success can stretch your imagination to the breaking point. Continue Reading>>
Every September I update my writing career business plan for the coming year. I start early because time escapes me in the holidays and the beginning of the year involves a lot of birthday celebrations in my family. This creates a certain inertia, and having my author business plan in place gives me a fighting chance to start the new year well. No matter what time of year you choose, my author business plan template can give you a starting point to plan your own writing career. But first, why do you need one? Continue Reading>>
Does trying to decide how long a book will take to write feel like shooting in the dark? Learning how to manage your writing time is vital, especially when you are dealing with traditional contracts (although it’s important for Indies, also), because how long you will need to write your book is the first question agents, editors, or potential box-set partners will want to ask you. How can you be expected to put a time frame on art? Continue Reading>>
Ever feel like a fraud as a writer? Who are you, anyway, to think readers will want your books, much less flock to them? Success happens to someone else. You’re surprised and faintly embarrassed when fame even faintly knocks on your door. You avoid book signings and other events that put you in contact with readers. Hiding out ensures that no one will know you are really just fooling everyone. Sound familiar? Welcome to the club. This is Impostor Syndrome Anonymous, and we’re here to help.