The Difference Between a Fan and a Follower—and Why It’s Okay to Have Both

Marketing books can be difficult. And confusing. When I talk to brand-new writers who venture out into the marketing side of things, one of the first discussions we have is the difference between a fan and a follower. A fan = someone who reads and/or buys your books A follower = someone who follows your… Continue reading The Difference Between a Fan and a Follower—and Why It’s Okay to Have Both


Book Marketing Woes

Marketing is a word authors either embrace or want to stoke in the fire, but one aspect is universal: It’s necessary. Whether you’re self-published, published with a small press, or published by a HUGE publishing house, authors have to take on some of the marketing efforts in order for their book to be as successful… Continue reading Book Marketing Woes

Writing Tips

#WW How to Manage a Book Launch

Launching a book is chaotic, exciting, and fun, but it can also be daunting. What ads do I take out? How do I get reviews? When should I get reviews? Should I create teasers? WHAT DO I DO? Simply put, there’s a different answer for everyone, especially when you consider your audience and genre, but I… Continue reading #WW How to Manage a Book Launch


#WW How I Became A Full-Time Editor

I love blogging (obvs.), but I love it even more when my readers suggest a topic for me to cover. Today is one of those days. The Uncommon Cliche asked me to write about how I became a full-time editor, and well, here I am to tell you. Long story short: I fell into it. I… Continue reading #WW How I Became A Full-Time Editor


November Ketchup

This month has been crazy! Between announcing my next publication and getting involved in a social media rage-war, I’ve loved November more than I ever could have guessed. We’ll get to the “why” part below. For those of you just now checking in this month, Ketchup actually means “catch up.” At the end of every… Continue reading November Ketchup

Writing Tips

#WW Website Wonders

Every month, I share all of the websites I come across that I find helpful, humorous, or just awesome. Below, you’ll find all of Octobers’s Website Wonders categorized into Reading, Writing/Publishing, and Coffee and More Fun If you enjoy these websites, be sure to follow me on Twitter because I share even more websites and… Continue reading #WW Website Wonders

Miscellaneous · Writing Tips

#WW Rejected? How to Keep Submitting

Rejected? How to Keep Submitting Lately, I’ve been trying to help a lot of fellow writers find publishers, literary journals, and websites where they can share their work. The market is HUGE (hence the giant, capital letters), but for many, this is both a positive and a negative description of the industry. With so many… Continue reading #WW Rejected? How to Keep Submitting

Guest Blogger

Self-Publishing Checklist

Shannon again to announce two events and today’s guest blogger. Books for Thought posted an interview I recently had with them where I discuss even more of my strange writing habits, my ultimate dream, and what I like and dislike about the writing process. Check out my answers and more by clicking here. Also, I… Continue reading Self-Publishing Checklist