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: 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: All About Twitter Pitch Events and Common Agent Responses to Unsuccessful Queries (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 (Series #1)

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: 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: 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)

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: 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 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: “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)