Thanks for the Free Book . . . Sucker! #author #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy

There is a new marketing and promotional trend for authors that is growing in popularity. How long it's been growing I'm not sure, as I was only introduced to it a couple of months ago, but whatever, it's growing. So what is this trend? Giving away full copies, or parts of your novels, or short stories on [...]

Trolls exist . . . it’s true, they steal your socks! #writing #amwriting #author #romance #fantasy

Any author who has novels on the market knows about "those reviews". You know those bad reviews where you just know that the person sitting on the other side of the screen typed those nasty-beyond-nasty words just out of spite. Maybe they know you personally or met you in a public place and without meaning to [...]

Behaving Badly ~ The Curse of the Internet Rant #writing #amwriting #author #selfpublishing #wednesdayblessings

Today, I'm reflecting on grace. I remember a fire storm erupting a couple of years ago over  one author's rant against JK Rowling. In the article, author  Lynn Shepherd bashed the famed Harry Potter creator and all her fans. Suffice it say this attack didn't bode well for Ms. Shepherd's career, and with the hate mail she received and [...]

Why you gotta be so mean? #writing #amwriting #writerslife #writerproblems

Just like every other author out there, I've always known the drill when it comes to dealing with bad reviews: just don't read them and ignore them completely. Still, though, even with all that wonderful advice, sometimes we cave. We read them. And they hurt. They hurt a lot. Certainly, every bad review can sting, but [...]

Bullying an Author #writerproblems #writing #amwriting #writerlife

Like millions of people in this world, I was bullied in elementary school, middle school, and high school. Treated like crap on purpose for reasons I will never know. Does this bother me? No. In all honesty, I'm now friends with some of the people on Facebook and they are all wonderful adults who I feel [...]

#FanFiction: Love it? Or Hate it? #writing #amwriting #writerslife #writerproblems

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." But, is it really? Perhaps, one day, long ago it was, but in this ever-growing world of WE are due everything WE want, I'm starting to think it's not flattery at all, but rather a form of entitlement. More specifically reader entitlement. Don't like a story? Think it should have [...]

How to Lose a Follower in 10 days…. #writing #amwriting #writerslife #writerproblems

For the past several months, I've been following a particular author on Facebook. When I first came upon her page, she seemed nice, helpful, and open to promoting other authors while she was gearing up on the release of her debut self published novel. Her posts were light, funny, and the same as any new [...]