How to share your Amazon buy link #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy #paranormal

Wait . . . do you mean there is a right and wrong way to share my Amazon buy link? Yes. The answer is yes. Have you ever logged on to Author Central and noticed one of your novels was missing a review? Well, besides a multitude of reasons (which never are explained by Amazon [...]

A Writer’s Life as told by Phoebe Buffay #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy #paranormal

Nearly two years ago, I wrote a post called A Writer's Life as told by Joey Tribbiani from the hit TV show Friends. About nine months later, I did another one called A Writer's Life as told by Ross Geller, and a few months after that,  I did A Writer's Life as told by Chandler Bing. They [...]

How to Survive being an Author (Part Three) #writing #amwriting #author #romance

For our third, and final, part of this series, we are going to look into just a couple more things that every author needs to survive. If you missed PART ONE or PART TWO, just click on the links. So what is the first thing I'm going to list this week? Well, it's what gets [...]

How to Survive being an Author (Part Two) #writing #amwriting #author #romance

In PART ONE we covered: writer friends and having a thick skin. So what's in store for part two? The first thing on the list is that authors need patience. However exciting it is to finish that novel, you have to make sure the story is fully done before you submit to a publisher or [...]

You Got What No One Else Wanted . . . #writing #amwriting #author #romance #fantasy #paranormal

"I got what I wanted. ~ Penny Chenery "You got what no one else wanted." ~ Hollis Chenery There are two movies that I can pop in at any time and my youngest will jump for joy, curl up on the couch, and watch from beginning to end. One of them is any of the [...]

Reader Entitlement: How far is too far? #amwriting #writing #author

A couple of months ago I wrote a post asking authors how they would feel if Hollywood screwed up their books when making it into a movie. The topic came to mind sometime after the announcement that the last Divergent movie was shelved and would be turned into a TV series instead. I've always been [...]

Things you should never say to an Author #writing #amwriting #author #romance

Every so often I hear a phrase, whether it's said to me or I see another author comment about what someone said to them on social media, that just makes me want to shake my head. Of course, these people aren't really privy to the reasons that their words bug us so much, seeing as they [...]

Do you need to “reset” yourself? #writing #amwriting #author #romance

"Do you ever feel you've become the worst version of yourself?" No? I guess it must be just me then. About a month ago, I woke up one morning and I just knew I needed to "RESET MYSELF". I'd had a pretty stressful and hurtful week before, and I knew that if I didn't change not [...]

Like for a Like: The Fake, The Phony, and The Counterfeit #writing #amwriting #romance #author

Ask any newbie author or any seasoned author, "What was one important piece of advice given to you?" and more often than not the answer will be "build your platform early, like before you even publish your novel, build your platform early." Websites, blogs, Twitter, Facebook Author Pages, Street Teams, Google+, Instagram, go, go, go [...]

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 [...]

When does the story end? #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy #paranormal #author

Several months ago, I came across a blog that asked this question: "Epilogues do we need them?" In the blog, the author went on to say . . . "Romance novels have a very strict structure. Depending on the romance publisher, the prescribed format can be even stricter. The general rule is that once the [...]

Step away from the computer . . . #writing #amwriting #family #author #blessings

For this month's Wednesday Blessing, I'm reflecting on time. In the last several months, I've grown accustomed to one thing: sitting in front of my computer for more hours of the day than I wanted. I supposed wanted is the wrong word, because in all honesty, wanted implies that I had no choice in the [...]

They Hated the Movie #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy #paranormal #author

One afternoon while watching Saving Mr. Banks (the Disney movie based off the trials that Walt Disney had to overcome with P.L. Travers in order to make Mary Poppins) I got to thinking about how many other authors have hated the movie versions of their novels. What? An author hated that their novels were made into movies? Isn't [...]

Writing by the Light of my Chrismas Tree #Christmas #MerryChristmas #Christmastree

Not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse. Well, unless I count myself.  🙂 It is 5am a few days until Christmas. I'm sitting on my couch in my soft robe with a cup of hot chocolate---laced with a peppermint stick, of course---in my hand and my computer in lap. It's a blissful morning since I'm writing by the [...]

Your Book is not Their Baby #writing #amwriting #romance #paranormal #fantasy #author

A few months ago I read something that struck me like a lightning bolt. Duh. Why didn't I think of it like that before? I mean, it's totally obvious, but still, the thought had never crossed my mind (for the full post, click on the link). So what was this something? "As a writer, your [...]