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 #35)

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 it's 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 #35)

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. Now, I had someone tell me this week that my website confused her. I want to know, do any of the rest of you feel that way? I'm not sure why … 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)

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)

The Journey to a Bestseller: Increase Your Chances of Being Seen on Amazon {Keywords & Categories}(series #21)

Hello! Good Sunday afternoon! I didn't have a chance to write this week, but I promise next week's post will be about the WIP. What I did work on this week was marketing my existing books by updating my keyword phrases and categories on Amazon. Why is that important? Amazon's almighty algorithm A9 (or A10, … Continue reading The Journey to a Bestseller: Increase Your Chances of Being Seen on Amazon {Keywords & Categories}(series #21)

The Journey to a Bestseller: Newsletter Ideas, Author Visibility, and Marketing Help (Series #20)

Sorry I'm late this week. It was newsletter week and I felt like I'd already written the blog. They got to see the many phases of the cover for my third book. I have been busy this week. I have been networking with authors from a site I joined called AllAuthor. It's a place for … Continue reading The Journey to a Bestseller: Newsletter Ideas, Author Visibility, and Marketing Help (Series #20)

The Journey to a Bestseller: Essential Scenes in Every Story- Part Six (Series #18)

Ocean Bubbles Hello! Hello! I am excited this week! My schedule is full and I'm having to block out time to dedicate it to my different jobs. When you work from home, you never really leave your job. So when you get a half an hour you are overcome with guilt about the four "rush" … Continue reading The Journey to a Bestseller: Essential Scenes in Every Story- Part Six (Series #18)

The Journey to a Bestseller: Essential Scenes in Every Story- Part Five (Series #17)

Hey everyone. I didn't get any writing done this week. Isn't that terrible? Shame on me. But, I did spend that time doing writerly things. Okay, I was making swag... but someone's gotta do it! I have the cutest swag, too. What is swag? Mirriam-Webster says, " The freebie swag, sometimes also spelled schwag, dates back to … Continue reading The Journey to a Bestseller: Essential Scenes in Every Story- Part Five (Series #17)

The Journey to a Bestseller: Essential Scenes in Every Story- Part Four (Series #16)

Good day everyone. Well, it's night, but you get the idea. I've been writing this week about the second pinch point, or second battle. In the story, I have the MC happen to meet the crazy king who tells him that the people he thought he was responsible for killing, are actually prisoners in the … Continue reading The Journey to a Bestseller: Essential Scenes in Every Story- Part Four (Series #16)

The Journey to a Bestseller: Essential Scenes in Every Story- Part Three (Series #15)

Hey guys. Pretty simple post today. I was busy with client work all week and haven't had time to write a thing for myself. But, I don't want to keep you from learning about the story structure, so let me talk about the part I will be writing this week. I believe last week we … Continue reading The Journey to a Bestseller: Essential Scenes in Every Story- Part Three (Series #15)

The Journey to a Bestseller: Essential Scenes in Every Story- Part Two (Series #14)

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Hey everybody! Sorry I'm late this week. I've been a busy bee. I recently made new covers for my books because they weren't selling well. And those buyers were not rejecting my book based on context, they don't even know what my book says. They were scrolling through the books, … Continue reading The Journey to a Bestseller: Essential Scenes in Every Story- Part Two (Series #14)

The Journey to a Bestseller: Essential Scenes in Every Story- Part One (Series #13)

Happy weekend everybody! I just did the stupidest thing. I had some very important emails from a publisher, and they were getting lost in my overflowing email box. So I made a new folder. Then I put all my important emails from the publisher in them. THEN my email told me that the file couldn't … Continue reading The Journey to a Bestseller: Essential Scenes in Every Story- Part One (Series #13)

The Journey to a Bestseller: First Novels and My New Covers (Series #12)

Hello. Sorry I'm late this weekend. I've been busy. Learning how to do more book marketing and structure. Enjoy every single moment. That's what my calendar says for today, and it's true. Writing the novel is the journey. You know how they say it's not the destination that's important, but to enjoy the journey? Well … Continue reading The Journey to a Bestseller: First Novels and My New Covers (Series #12)

The Journey to a Bestseller: Writing Books That Sell and Editing Like a Pro (Series #11)

Good day, friends! I have been super busy this week. I am editing the third book in the trilogy, and I have been using some techniques taught by Liz Pelletier, at Entangled Press. She is an editor that I really admire and she teaches the standard three-pass edit system. If you are interested, I found … Continue reading The Journey to a Bestseller: Writing Books That Sell and Editing Like a Pro (Series #11)

The Journey to a Bestseller: “Chapter One” and Twitter Pitch Events (Series #10)

Hello folks! I know. That title is like, whaaa? Those things don't go together at all! Well, you're right. So let's get to it. I am doing great. I went to a small writer's conference in Topeka, KS this morning and got three free ARCs (Advanced Reader's Copies) of some fantasy books. One was a … Continue reading The Journey to a Bestseller: “Chapter One” and Twitter Pitch Events (Series #10)

The Journey to a Bestseller: Word Count, Character Sheets, and Kindle Reads, oh my. (Series #9)

Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com Hi guys! It's been a busy week. I finished the second draft of my client's manuscript during the day; and worked on my book at night. Just in case you are new to this blog, I am writing a bestseller...or what I am going to do try my best … Continue reading The Journey to a Bestseller: Word Count, Character Sheets, and Kindle Reads, oh my. (Series #9)

The Journey to a Bestseller: “Something came up” and Writing Descriptions (Series #7)

Today I want to share with you the one fact in writing: something else will come up when you are trying to write a book. For you it might be something like an emergency home project that simply needs to be done, or you could have a school paper that you must do. For me, … Continue reading The Journey to a Bestseller: “Something came up” and Writing Descriptions (Series #7)

The Journey to Making a Bestseller: One-third Done (Series #4)

Photo by Rakicevic Nenad on Pexels.com Sorry about the weekend everyone! I was out of town for the week in small town Oklahoma and I had no reception at all. It was awesome. Fishing, and four wheelers, and fireworks, and paddle boats, and zip lines, and swimming, and hard lemonade... aah. Photo by Aleksandar Pasaric … Continue reading The Journey to Making a Bestseller: One-third Done (Series #4)

Agent Questions Volume Twenty-eight: What’s the hardest part of publishing for you? (Twitter Series #8)

Photo by Burak K on Pexels.com This was a hard question. It's completely subjective. The hardest part for me might be your strength. That's why the writing community exists, and it needs to. Authors need to help each other with our own expertise. I wrote my first book with my (30-year) best friend. But when … Continue reading Agent Questions Volume Twenty-eight: What’s the hardest part of publishing for you? (Twitter Series #8)