Literary Q&A: I Just Published a Book, Now What? #Authorgoals (Series #8)

When I grew up I wanted to be Barbra Streisand--specifically as Fanny Brice--but that was never going to happen. Because I wasn't born Barbra Streisand. And you weren't born Stephen King. Which is a good thing, because he's not the best writer. He's ONE of the best writers, along with other household names--Dean Koontz, Nora … Continue reading Literary Q&A: I Just Published a Book, Now What? #Authorgoals (Series #8)

Literary Q&A: How Do I Know if my Keywords are Converting? [Or Optimizing Amazon Keyword Ads] (Series #7)

I did the Amazon ads the way you said with lots of ads and low bids. Now what? I did the keyword ads, but I don't know ACOS from pizza. How do I make it work better? Hi everyone! What the author of the question is asking is how to optimize your ads--to make them … Continue reading Literary Q&A: How Do I Know if my Keywords are Converting? [Or Optimizing Amazon Keyword Ads] (Series #7)

Literary Q&A: Where Should I Publish My Unfinished Manuscript? (Series #6)

This week should be shorter, I have our weekly question, plus an announcement. I am almost done with my book, where should I publish it? This question has a roundabout answer. First of all, if you haven't finished your book, you are looking too far ahead, in my opinion. Not only do you have time … Continue reading Literary Q&A: Where Should I Publish My Unfinished Manuscript? (Series #6)

Literary Q&A: What Do People Mean When They Say, “It’s Never Too Soon to Start Marketing”? (Series #5)

Good Sunday everyone. My calendar says, "When you can't find the sunshine, BE the sunshine." Love it. Great advice for everyone--especially writers. What do people mean when they say, "It's never too soon to start marketing?" I just released my first book and I haven't even started. So am I already losing because I don't … Continue reading Literary Q&A: What Do People Mean When They Say, “It’s Never Too Soon to Start Marketing”? (Series #5)

Literary Q&A: What Good Writers Know About Tags (Series #4)

Question: I'm editing my book, but what do I do with tags? This week an author friend of mine expressed some confusion on the topic of tags in his novel. I asked, Is your issue with tag punctuation, the difference between action tags and dialogue tags, acceptable dialogue tags, or something else? I could go … Continue reading Literary Q&A: What Good Writers Know About Tags (Series #4)

Literary Q&A: Can I Quote Another Book, Poem or Song Lyrics in my Novel? (Series #3)

Hello everyone. We're talking about quotes this week. First of all, I'm sorry about my absence the last two weeks; I have been up to my eyeballs in manuscripts. But a funny thing happened. Often when I'm editing a manuscript I come across an issue I've never dealt with before, but then it seems like … Continue reading Literary Q&A: Can I Quote Another Book, Poem or Song Lyrics in my Novel? (Series #3)

Literary Q&A: All About Twitter Pitch Events and Common Agent Responses to Unsuccessful Queries Decoded (Series #1)

I'm so excited to dive into these questions! I've received some great ones. Keep them coming! I'd like to focus on two per post, so I don't spread out info all over and repeat myself more than necessary. Without dragging on, let's see what you asked this week: Question 1: I was wondering about this. … Continue reading Literary Q&A: All About Twitter Pitch Events and Common Agent Responses to Unsuccessful Queries Decoded (Series #1)

Journey to a Bestseller: Tell Me Everything YOU Need to be a Successful Writer (Series #46)

Hello all! First, I have two promos to share with you. They are both on Bookfunnel. Click on the photos to jump to the sale. Today's post is a casting net. I need your input again authors. I'd like to do another question/answer series for the blog through October. First, I want to know all … Continue reading Journey to a Bestseller: Tell Me Everything YOU Need to be a Successful Writer (Series #46)

Journey to a Bestseller: Cutting your Novel Down to Size (Series #45)

Hi everyone. Have you written your first draft, finally gotten it complete, only to realize you have 200,000 words? You are not alone. There are many reasons to "cut" or "trim" your writing. It makes things clearer, stronger, more concise, and streamlines the information that the reader needs to know. And of course, word counts--everyone … Continue reading Journey to a Bestseller: Cutting your Novel Down to Size (Series #45)

Journey to a Bestseller: Quotes, Italics, Semicolons and Clauses (Series #43)

Good sunday everyone! To be honest, I didn't have a subject for today's post. I was trying to think of writing advice I could give you. So far I've talked about world-building, plot points, researching, high concept ideas, connecting with unlikeable characters, breaking up info dumps, writing for your market, writing that agents want, en … Continue reading Journey to a Bestseller: Quotes, Italics, Semicolons and Clauses (Series #43)

Journey to a Bestseller: New Series Covers and Catch-up (Series #40)

I have good news this week everyone! First, I hope you all got something out of last week's marketing post, 10-Step Marketing-How to Get Started. If you didn't see it, check it out! It's all about the first and most important steps involved in making sales. In other news, I have just released new covers … Continue reading Journey to a Bestseller: New Series Covers and Catch-up (Series #40)

Journey to a Bestseller: “High Concept” Sells & July Giveaways (Series #39)

Good Sunday, my writer friends. I was absent last week making up my monthly newsletter. I don't usually share content, but I am part of some giveaways and have some featured books to share, so I may add that to today's post. I was recently part of a writer's conference that I enjoy every year, … Continue reading Journey to a Bestseller: “High Concept” Sells & July Giveaways (Series #39)

Journey to a Bestseller: How to make Readers Connect with Your Unlikeable Character (Series #38)

Good weekend, everyone. This is an update post about where I've been and what's happening with our WIP. This will be a shorter post, but tune in next week for a big post full of deals and recommendations! First things first: I have been gone for the past few weeks after having spinal surgery, and … Continue reading Journey to a Bestseller: How to make Readers Connect with Your Unlikeable Character (Series #38)

Commaful Series: Writing a Killer Synopsis and Forming Your Outline (Writing #2)

Hello everyone! Good weekend! Today I'm going to talk about composing your outline--which can easily be turned into a synopsis. This is difficult for most writers as they've spent hours and hours creatively writing their magnum opus and now they are being asked to condense the entire twisty-turny plot into a short description and don't … Continue reading Commaful Series: Writing a Killer Synopsis and Forming Your Outline (Writing #2)

Journey to a Bestseller: Land Your Agent with the Most Effective Query (Series #37)

Hello everyone! I apologize for being a day late, but I hope you won't mind. I am going to break down how to query agents and get the best results. There is a lot of information you need to know before you actually get to sending out your query letters. Let's just pretend that you've … Continue reading Journey to a Bestseller: Land Your Agent with the Most Effective Query (Series #37)

Journey to a Bestseller: FREE Dystopian Reads, The Secret to AMS Ads, and Editing-for-Sale (Series #36)

Last week I told you about some FREE book giveaways I'm currently in. This week, I have two more! If you love dystopian novels, have I got a deal for you! These books are on BookFunnel.com, so some of them require your email before you download the book or sample. If you aren't familiar with BookFunnel … Continue reading Journey to a Bestseller: FREE Dystopian Reads, The Secret to AMS Ads, and Editing-for-Sale (Series #36)

Journey to a Bestseller: Free Books, Writing for Your Market, Editing, and Ad Progress (Series #35)

FREE BOOKS!! Yes, I mean it. You are about to be offered free books. I'm in several Book Funnel promotions this month and I want to share them with you. I missed linking you to the promotion last week, but I've got three more! Don't know what Book Funnel is? It's a site where readers … Continue reading Journey to a Bestseller: Free Books, Writing for Your Market, Editing, and Ad Progress (Series #35)

Journey to a Bestseller: How An Agent Can Read ONE Chapter and Know If Your Book is Any Good (Series #34.5)

Good Sunday everyone! Today's calendar says, "There is always a way." True. And if you are querying, that way is not giving up. MOST people attempt to publish before the book is ready and then get disappointed when they receive rejections galore. They end up shelving a good manuscript and moving on when the answer … Continue reading Journey to a Bestseller: How An Agent Can Read ONE Chapter and Know If Your Book is Any Good (Series #34.5)

Journey to a Bestseller: Amazon Ad Progress and Making a Bookbub Ad (Series # 34)

Hello everyone! So happy to be here today. My desk calendar today says, "You don't have to be perfect to be AMAZING." So true. Today, my friends, is the launch of my third book, The Final Rescue, the last book in the Freedom Fight Trilogy. It is $0.99 this week. In fact they are all … Continue reading Journey to a Bestseller: Amazon Ad Progress and Making a Bookbub Ad (Series # 34)

Journey to a Bestseller: Amazon Ad Results.1 and Official Book Trailer (Series #33)

Good Sunday everyone! I am so frustrated with the AMS ads. I am a relatively smart person, so I read up on it, took a course--twice--testing at 100% both times. I thought I knew what I was doing. My first ad was accepted, but when I went the next day to look at its performance, … Continue reading Journey to a Bestseller: Amazon Ad Results.1 and Official Book Trailer (Series #33)

Journey to a Bestseller: Creating an Amazon Ad for Fiction Authors (Series #32)

Good day everyone! I have super news! I have the ten required Amazon reviews I need to buy ads for launch. I am throwing the net wide, but not without advice from those who have had success with ads. Launch day for The Final Rescue is March 22nd, 2020. Which happens to be a Sunday … Continue reading Journey to a Bestseller: Creating an Amazon Ad for Fiction Authors (Series #32)

Journey to a Bestseller: Catch-up on Our Book Progress (Series #31)

Hello everyone! We have some new people and I digressed from the "journey" last week with my story about my German grandmother. I appreciated all the kind words. So, I decided we'll start off with a low down of what I'm working on what the next steps are. First, we have been on a marketing … Continue reading Journey to a Bestseller: Catch-up on Our Book Progress (Series #31)

Journey to a Bestseller: Getting Your Agent List Ready to Query (Series #28)

Photo by Max Ravier on Pexels.com Hello everyone! Sorry I'm late this week. The carpet cleaner is coming and my world is upside down. It confuses me when people get mad at me before they even meet me. That happened a lot as an agent. But it's a messed up system, in many cases. Speaking … Continue reading Journey to a Bestseller: Getting Your Agent List Ready to Query (Series #28)

Journey to a Bestseller: Making a Spreadsheet For Researching Agents (Series #27)

Here are new "author photos" that are mostly me being my goofy self and my sister in law snapping away. She came by this week and did my hair and makeup for the photos. So sweet, she just called and volunteered to do it. Beca is a hair and makeup guru. @Lipstickzombae Don't let my … Continue reading Journey to a Bestseller: Making a Spreadsheet For Researching Agents (Series #27)

Journey to a Bestseller: Evaluation of Anonymous Query and Sample Pages (Series #24)

It's been a long week, folks. I was in a book fair at Woodneath Library in Liberty, Missouri, this weekend. Joined by my daughter and my writing partner. The tables were tiny, but it was a nice set up and all my swag fit on my table, and I got some good ideas from other … Continue reading Journey to a Bestseller: Evaluation of Anonymous Query and Sample Pages (Series #24)

The Journey to a Bestseller: Commas and Pirated Content (Series #22)

Stay tuned. There's sample writing coming in this post. But first, with my editing, I have to add and subtract commas, and semicolons. So, as a writer and editor, I felt like I should brush up on my own education while solving some issues for you writers. Do you believe in the Oxford comma? Know … Continue reading The Journey to a Bestseller: Commas and Pirated Content (Series #22)