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15 Ways Fiction Writers Can Stay Creative in 2016

  • December 29, 2015
Creativity 2016

When your medium is magical action thrills, dystopian high jinks, or paranormal cozy mysteries, the creative perspiration required to keep those tall tales coming can be taxing at times, to say the least. Here are a few lighthearted ways to revamp your creativity as the new year gets underway: Rummage the racks at your local thrift […]

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8 Tips For Self-publishing On Amazon

  • December 23, 2015
Self-publishing Immurement

  Self-publishing my first book Immurement on Amazon this month was an exhilarating experience, but despite the time I spent researching how it all works, there were several details I wasn’t fully aware of until I began the process. Here are a few pointers that will give you a heads up on some of the items that tripped me up. Uploading the […]

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Immurement Releases Today!

  • December 16, 2015

A fast action-packed ride of survival. Sara Reid, Book Reviewer, Today We Did. It’s official! Immurement, Book One in The Undergrounders Series is live on Amazon. ’Tis the season to spread goodwill, so for the next 48 hours you can grab it at a special introductory launch price. In the meantime, here are some behind […]

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Rafflecopter Book Giveaway

  • December 14, 2015
Christmas Gift Books

Massive Book Giveaway just in time for Christmas! Amber Gregg from Judging More Than Just The Cover is running a book giveaway which ends in seven days, so check out the link for all the amazing books you can win, including a copy of my hot new YA post-apocalyptic release, Immurement. Get your name in the hat now by clicking on the […]

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4 Things I Learned From Post-apocalyptic Fiction

  • December 9, 2015
Post-apocalyptic fiction

Part of the thrill of reading post-apocalyptic fiction is the disturbing sense that it’s not true escapism, but rather one uneasy step away from reality as we know it. There’s a lot to be learned from a genre that by definition portends the end of everything it means to be human. Here are four things […]

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How To Pick A Book Title

  • December 2, 2015
Title for a book

Choosing a book title is almost as challenging as naming a child. After all, your freshly written book is your baby, an entity that will live with you for years to come. Readers will judge your book by its cover, and that includes your title. You don’t want to slap a lackluster label as an afterthought […]

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Avoiding Self-Publishing Potholes

  • November 24, 2015

The road to self-publishing your own book is riddled with potholes, but you can avoid the worst of them if you map out the journey ahead of time. Here are four key pointers: Perform a Diagnostic Make sure your book is the best it can possibly be before you make the trip down Publication Boulevard. Don’t settle […]

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#Undergrounders Giveaway

  • November 21, 2015

What would YOU do if the earth’s core overheats … if the sovereign leader vanishes … if YOU are the survivors’ only hope? Grab your bug out bag and while away the bunker hours with a copy of the hot new YA release IMMUREMENT: The Undergrounders Series Book One. LIMITED TIME GIVEAWAY! CLICK NOW TO ENTER!

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Why I Write

  • November 17, 2015

This past few weeks I’ve been running on ink fumes as I prepare to launch my first book into the Amazonic stratosphere. Self-publishing takes an enormous amount of work and concentrated effort, not to mention an intravenous caffein drip. From deep diving into the dashboard of the Facebook Power Editor for ads (warning: harmful to […]

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Your First 10K Readers Evaluation

One of the tools I leaned heavily on to shape the launch strategy for my first book is an online course by Nick Stephenson. What exactly is Your First 10K Readers? In a nutshell, a comprehensive course on how to get off to a roaring start in online book sales and build a solid readership. […]

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4 Reasons NaNoWriMo Is Good For You

  • November 3, 2015

1) NaNoWriMo … gives us the kick in the britches we badly need to get started. Or to put it more profoundly, Newton’s first Law of Motion, also known as the Law of Inertia, means that there is a natural tendency of objects to keep on doing what they’re doing, so sometimes we need a little […]

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10 Signs You Might Be A Redneck Writer

There are plenty of terrific websites out there dispensing wisdom to indie authors, but now and again we just need to take a breather from stockpiling all that good info and have a laugh. Here’s my twist on how to tell if you really have what it takes to go indie … or if you’re simply a […]

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Creating Killer Blog Cocktails

  • October 16, 2015

So we’re talking how to pen dynamic blog posts that melt in your mouth, evoke a transcendental experience, reduce you to a shivering wreck of your former self, anything other than trigger a yawn, click, exit sequence. Indie authors are constantly told we need to blog. It’s a way to: boost traffic showcase talent hone writing […]

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3 Hot Tips For Indie Authors

  • October 16, 2015

I love to write, but it’s draining spending all those hours with the Phantom of the Digest whispering in my ear “Write for me, WRITE!” I’ve just finished the third book in my trilogy, The Undergrounders Series. Those hard-fought Adventures in Chronicles have finally paid off, but it wasn’t easy. Even tougher was the imperial thumbs […]

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Surefire Systems To Outsmart Writer’s Block

  • October 16, 2015
Writer with writer's block

You know you have Writer’s Block when you get lost in the world you invented That moment when you come to, and realize your brain froze over an hour ago. You rapidly defrost your neural crannies only to discover it’s time to pick up the dry cleaning, the curtain climbers from school, your freshly spayed dog from the vet, and […]

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Book Cover Design

  • October 8, 2015

The book cover for Immurement is done! As this was my first attempt at having a professional cover designed, I took the advice of self-publishing gurus and went with It’s such a well-run website and design campaign that it makes the whole process idiot-proof ( no, I’m not an affiliate.) They even have a short […]

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