Short Fiction Workshop: Available Now (New)

Over the past few years I’ve received lots of questions about writing and selling short fiction. I’ve answered as many questions as I could in blog posts. Here’s why I tell you about short fiction. Not only do I adore writing short stories and novellas, but they pay well and they’re fast to create. I woke up this morning with … Read more

Self-Publishing: The Easy And Free Book Marketing Solution

The self-publishing author told me: “I hate book marketing. At least if I get a publisher, I can forget about that. I just want to write…” Experience is always the best teacher, so I swallowed hard and suppressed my giggles, then responded calmly: “Yes… most authors prefer writing to marketing.” Why do authors (whether self-publishing or not) hate marketing? My … Read more

Writing Fiction And Genre: 3 Tips To Help You To Sell More Books

If you’re writing fiction, you’re writing in a genre. Literary agents expect you to tell them your novel’s genre if you want them to represent you, and if you’re self-publishing, Amazon will expect you to choose a genre too. (“Browse categories” in Amazon’s terms.) Many authors chafe at this: “I’ll decide on the genre later. It’s not important, is it?” … Read more

Your Writing Blog: It’s A Sample Of What You Do

“Is a writing blog still important?” I receive a version of this question frequently. It might be phrased as: “(Someone or other) said that blogs don’t work.” Or “How can my blog help me to: get more clients/ sell more books/ build my platform…?” Blogging has changed enormously since I started my first blogs in the late 1990s, but the … Read more