• Creativity,  Reading

    Eleven Tips To Help You Be More Creative!

    Who wants more ideas? Who needs a brilliant thought? Who could stand a new insight? A fresh perspective? A story idea? Who needs more creativity? I know I do! I just wish I could turn on good ideas like I turn on the tap. It’s too bad our muse only shows up at inconvenient times or not at all. I believe, however,  that creativity can be encouraged. We can play with our own minds in such a way that can help solve problems and get good ideas. Here’s a long list of ways to be more creative. Try some! And leave a comment if you got them to work! 1.…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Publishing

    Top 10 Things To Consider When Choosing A Publisher With The Same Care As A Jane Austen Heroine Chose A Husband

      It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a good story must be in want of a publisher. It’s the age old story. You have so many hopes and dreams. You have all these wonderful stories to tell. You know that it will take an attachment, a proposal and perhaps a big commitment to make you moderately rich and a teensy bit famous. So you, the perfect Lizzie Bennet, who will only writes for love, not necessarily £10,000 a year, will be happy just to attach yourself with a publisher who respects you. Fortunately for you, your access to publishers on the internet is an…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  Marketing,  Uncategorized

    How Book Marketing is Like Flirting, Dating, and Getting Engaged

    By Rebecca Waters You’ve written a book. You may have a publisher or agent. You may have decided to publish the book yourself. Whatever path you take, there are marketing decisions you will make that will help or hinder book sales. This post examines stuff not in your book. It is a look at the cover: the front and back of your book. It describes marketing in terms of what people see when they pick up the book or scroll through a pile of possible reads on Amazon or Goodreads. This is often your first contact with readers outside your mom and a close circle of friends. Marketing is like…

  • Craft,  Observation,  Twitter

    50 Cheap And Easy Ways To Improve Your Writing This Summer

    At the beginning of every summer, I post this little gem. If you need a way to improve in your craft, without breaking the bank, these this will surely help!  How Can I Be A Better Writer? Can’t afford to take a summer writing class? Never fear! All you really need is a library, internet access, Instagram, Netflix, Facebook and Twitter! YOU can improve your writing skills by doing these 50 things. I admit, some of these aren’t exactly writing activities, but if you do them, and you practice observing with all five senses and spend at least ten minute writing about the experience, you will improve. YOU WILL! My kids say that there…

  • Time Management,  Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day

    TODAY IS RELEASE DAY! Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day is NOW Available!

    Today I release my first non-fiction book, Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day!  You can purchase it or see the reviews here!  This is the story of how I got the contract — it’s a great one!  Also? I created a Facebook group for writers who have no choice but to write in 10 minute increments! Wanna join over 1000 writers worldwide as we encourage each other to pursue our writing dreams?  Click here!    Are you a blogger?  Would you like to help promote this book? Leave a comment! I’d love to work with you!

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Marketing

    #Top10Tuesday Top 10 Reasons Why You Need To Buy “Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day”

    This Thursday, my book Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day will be released! You can order your copy here!  Today’s Top 10 List is about some of the great advice you’ll find in this book! 1. This book will give you step by step instructions on how to write a novel that you work around your already time-crunched schedule. 2. This book breaks down every single element of a novel: story, plot, genre, characters, setting and three act structure into small, bite sized chunks and helps you sculpt these concepts a little bit at a time. 3. There’s a WHOLE CHAPTER on time management and how to make small…

  • What 10 Minute Novelists Means To Me,  Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day

    You’re Invited To A Birthday Bash (And Book Release!)

    In March, the Facebook writers group, 10 Minute Novelists, is ONE YEAR OLD! This group was inspired by the book “Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day” which just HAPPENS to be released on March 26. IT’s a BIG DAY! 10 Minute Novelists has over 1000 time-crunched writers worldwide who have discovered tips, encouragement and community through their website, chats, encouraging discussions, and other craziness. This last year has been an amazing one for this group and it’s time to celebrate! What’s going to happen at this FACEBOOK Birthday Party? For TWO WHOLE DAYS, on the thread of this event, we’ll feature editors, publisher, publicists, authors and agents who…

  • Marketing,  Self-Publishing

    #Top10Tuesday Top Ten Links That Demonstrate Your Self-Published Book Looks Cheap & Amateurish

    In our series on Love Your Reader, Love Your Art, Love Yourself, we didn’t have time to discuss the importance of good design in your self published works. If you went to all the trouble of editing and proofreading, of character development and plot, you should put just as much care into your book’s first impression. 1. First, take a look at these covers listed on BuzzFeed and make some notes: Things That Make Designers Cringe  2. This informative post shows exactly why somethings work and some things don’t.  Habits of Bad Graphic Designers 3. And everybody needs example of what not to do. Lousy Book Covers website!  4. Just…

  • #EthicalAuthor,  Author Profile,  Interviews With Authors,  Self-Publishing

    Author Spotlight: Meet Jane Steen

    10 Minute Novelists is a community of writers from all over the world. Twice a month, we feature one of our writers. Today? It’s Jane Steen, author of House of Closed Doors and champion of Author Ethics. Welcome Jane! 1. How did the topic of ethics for authors become an interest of yours? It just started out as an observation that there were quite a few authors out there behaving unprofessionally. I’ve been active on Goodreads as a reader for years, and I could see wave after wave of shock run around the community because an author had plagiarized another author’s work, or had attacked a reviewer in the comments thread,…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Motivation,  Work-In-Progress

    Neurotic Thoughts On My First Traditionally Published Book (Or The 9 Month Long Battle With Inner Voices)

    In 2014, I wrote and submitted my very first traditionally published book (and you can pre-order it here).  The process of drafting, editing and submitting was nothing less than a constant fight with negative inner voices. I was a mess. But it’s done. And I’ve survived. I’ve written and published a book before, but the first one was self-published. When I self published, I realized I had this huge ocean of grace — all the mistakes, all the decisions, all the vision, all the glaring spelling errors are mine alone. No one else was invested. The stakes were low. I joined the ranks of thousands of other writers who publish their…

  • Community,  Uncategorized

    UnWrapping Love! An Anthology by The Writing Wenches (And 10 Minute Novelists)

    On December 1, a group of women, and one man they affectionately call “the barkeep,” who call themselves the Writing Wenches pulled off a pretty major accomplishment. They released an anthology collection of twenty-one holiday themed short romance stories, in a single volume, called Unwrapping Love. It took months of coordination, effort, writing, editing, formatting, cover designing, and marketing to pull this off. In the end, they put together a project that was unique in its scope. The reviews have been amazing, and I’m really proud of this group, that had its start in the 10 Minute Novelists group. When I asked them what led them to want to work…

  • Writer Swag

    #Top10Tuesday Awesome Writer Gifts To Give This Holiday Season

    Got a writer in your life? Don’t know what to buy them for the holidays? Here are 10 writing related gifts that I know I would LOVE to have.  (Send this link to anyone who’s shopping for you!) 1.  Your writer needs ideas! Make inspiration fun with a gift that everyone in your family can play! Give them this: 2. And if your budding writer only gets their best ideas in the shower, make it convenient to write them down! Buy them Aqua Notes – Waterproof Notepad! 3. And I don’t know much about this book, but it really look good! The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction by Brian…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Observation,  Reading

    How Being An Armchair Analyst Can Make You A Better Writer (And Football Fan!)

    My 10 year old son knows a lot about football. He knows the most obscure penalty calls.  He knows who the third string quarterback is for the Raiders, what college he went to and why he’d probably be taken by Miami next year.  He knows who won every Super Bowl, who coached the winning teams and crazy stats like how many championship victories were earned by teams who came from behind. Along with every Patriots fan in New England, he wants to tell Coach Bellichik exactly what went wrong in last week’s game. My son doesn’t restrict his knowledge to the Patriots; he knows about the Broncos, the Jets (oh!…

  • #WhyIWrite,  Craft,  Creativity,  Cultural Relevance

    Why I Write: Literature’s Role in the Teen’s Journey to Self-Acceptance, A Guest Post by YA Author Ellen Mulholland

    Back in the late 70s and early 80s, I was a high school English geek. I was the nerdy girl who loved and debated every book we read. I was the good friend who helped with essays and theme analyses. I savored each minute of class and could have spent the entire school day reading and writing. We read the greats –Austen, Knowles, Steinbeck, and Lee. Stories about courage, love and discovery. We discussed characters’ journeys and authors’ themes. We explored friendship and family; and I fell in love with Elizabeth Bennet, Gene Forrester, Tom Joad, and Scout. Inside my own middle-class upbringing, I understood that every teen embarked on…