• #MagicalMarketing,  Marketing,  Self-Publishing

    Help: I Have To Market My Book! : A Guest Post By Robin Patchen

    My third book released a couple of weeks ago, ushering me into the most dreaded activity of this writer’s life: marketing. I hate it, and for good reason. When somebody asks me what my book is about, I start talking like a Valley Girl who’s inhaled too much hairspray. “So like there’s this girl…like lady, right? And she’s like scared of this guy she knew from before…’cause see, when she was a teenager…” Shocking I don’t sell more copies by hand. I don’t do much better in print. But mostly, I hate marketing because I have to ask for help. Writers have to ask for endorsements, influencers, reviews, and shares.…

  • Beautiful Words,  Craft

    What’s in a Word? A Guest Post By Robin Patchen

      Does a single word matter that much to your book? Sure, a poet will pour over every letter. And according to a recent blog on this very site, reading poetry will not just make us better writers, but better people. But for those of us penning hundred-thousand-word novels, can a single word make that big of a difference? Absolutely.  Words are more than just letters on a printed page. Words can summon images and scents and sounds and feelings. They can be musical or plodding, lyrical or barbaric. Speak aloud the word lyrical. Do you hear the music? And barbaric sounds just that. Imagine the difference between the words…

  • Craft,  Discipline

    Three Tips to Diving into your Writing FAST by Author Robin Patchen

    How do you get a running start on your writing every day? For those of us who must write in short increments (say about ten minutes), it’s important to be able to jump right in when you can snatch a moment. I’m certainly not the master of this—that would be Katharine, of course—but I do have a couple of quick tips. Most of you have probably heard Ernest Hemingway’s advice on this subject—end your day’s writing in the middle of a sentence. I’ve tried that, but the annoying OCD chick inside me just can’t stand the thought of that half-completed sentence and that [gasp] missing punctuation mark. Alas, there are…