Advice about Writing

Advice about Writing

From the inbox: Q1: I have just finished reading this fabulous book you have written. I only ask advice from you. I am an aspiring writer myself, but being a new mother there hasn’t been much time to really write many stories. I am a big paranormal fiction nut. Just wondering on how to I go about getting published. A: Oh, I feel you, girl. New motherhood really took it out of me and my writing practice. My number one piece of advice: Go easy on yourself! Those newborn months are bad enough without you constantly beating up on yourself for not writing. The one big thing I wish I hadn’t done was put such a high writing expectation on maternity leave. I look back and wish I’d used that time to sleep. My second piece of advice is get some sort of...

HOW TO LOVE A BLUE DEMON–An Interview with Sherrod Story

HOW TO LOVE A BLUE DEMON–An Interview with Sherrod Story

Guys! This year, I had the privilege of reading an early draft of HOW TO LOVE A BLUE DEMON by Sherrod Story, and I loved, loved, loved it. But of course I couldn’t review it because the draft I read wasn’t the draft readers would ultimately read. So we decided to do an interview instead. And let me tell you, I so enjoyed doing this interview with Sherrod. So much so that if there are any authors reading this, who would like to get interviewed by me, drop me a line on Facebook or in my gmail account. One requirement tho: I must have reviewed at least one of your books on my site.  But back to the wonderful and amazing, Sherrod Story, whose THE HICK & THE HIPPIE I also loved (gave it an A-). Let’s dig in!   TT: So…a blue demon falls...

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Hey Fellow Readers, Thank you so much for all the lovely emails and comments as of late. Feel free to keep on sending them along, but here are some answers to some of my most frequently asked questions. Q: Why can’t I get your latest e-book on the Nook, Kobo, Sony — on anything but Kindle? A: I don’t want to go into too many details about how the sausage is made, but here’s what I like to do with my free time: read and write. I really HATE promoting and feel it takes away from time that could be better spent on writing and reviewing books. Fortunately, the KDP Select program gives me organized ways to avoid off-blog, self-propelled promotion all together. Unfortunately, they demand three months of exclusivity for the privilege. This means...

How to Receive Criticism as an Indie Author

How to Receive Criticism as an Indie Author

One of the things that being in a critique group has taught me has been how to receive criticism. I now have five big rules about criticism that have served me well over the first few months of my career as an indie author. 1. Don’t seek out criticism unless you are using it for promotion. The nice thing about critique groups is that they alert you to possible flaws before it goes into publication. After publication, there’s little you can do. I have a day job as another type of writer online. Occasionally people complain about something I’ve posted, but what am I going to do? Take the post down? I have to read comments for my day job, but as far as writing novels go, I see no reason to seek them out after the fact. 2. Filter it if you can. I...