Writer Wednesday – Do’s and Don’ts for a First Book ~ Part 2 (Marketing)

Happy Wednesday! Last week, I talked about tips for achieving a good “Work-Life Balance.” This week’s topic is Marketing. The recommendations I’m sharing all come from a recent ACFW writer panel I took part in with three wonderful and smart authors – Kristy Cambron, Katherine Reay, and Mary Weber. Here are some of the thoughts we shared at ACFW about marketing …

Writer Wednesday: Do’s and Don’ts for a First Book ~ Part 1 (Work-Life Balance)

A few weeks back, I served on a writer panel in Dallas with three wonderful and smart authors — Kristy Cambron, Katherine Reay, and Mary Weber. All fresh off our first year in the traditional publishing industry, we shared our thoughts about the whirlwind that’s been the last 12 months … in the hopes the information and discussion …

Writer Wednesday: 7 Ways to Create Stronger Heroines

Every author wants to create a hero or heroine that’s believable, likeable, and relatable. But it’s even better if you can dream up a protagonist who’s independent, capable, and a little bit flawed. And for me, I love reading about a heroine who can also kick a little butt. For example, I’d love a mash-up …

Publishing, Pen Names, and Breaking the Rules

When I first began writing, several authors generously shared their unwritten rules for forging a successful career. They unanimously recommended: Writing in a popular genre Thinking long and hard before using a pen name Sticking with one genre Being a newbie to the business, their advice seemed reasonable and sound. After all, they’d played it …

Writer Wednesday: 10 Ways to Fuel Motivation

A lot of people tell me that they’ve always wanted to write a novel. They have an idea, a synopsis, an elevator pitch, and interesting characters. They have a setting, a gripping climax, and an evil antagonist to add in for good measure. But, they explain, when it comes down to actually writing — actually putting fingers to …