• 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…

  • Motivation,  Self Talk

    The Nine Things You Say To Yourself That Could Change Everything

    What does it mean to Love Ourselves? I have  a very wise friend that I meet with on a regular basis. This friend, Melissa, has caught me being very hard on myself and saying aloud things like, I’m not very good at that. Or, I got it wrong again. Or, this means that I’m not good enough.  She’s challenged me to pay attention to those negative thoughts. She even asked me what the ratio was, the good, encouraging things compared to the negative things. I didn’t know what she meant. I was going to say, “Ratio? Is that math?  I’m not very good at math!” But then she explained. For every single…

  • #EthicalAuthor

    Do Author Ethics Matter? A Guest Post by Jane Steen

    Jane Steen, a member of the Facebook group, 10 Minute Novelists, shares with us today about good practices and ethical behavior for writers. This is an important issue for everyone who has published either traditionally or independently. Please read and consider carefully Jane’s thoughtful suggestions on ethics for authors.  Read the Ethical Author Code here A short history of how I came to draft the Ethical Author Code It started with a Facebook conversation between authors. Someone suggested a visibility tactic that involved, I think, upvoting your own book on a site. I can’t remember the specifics. But I do remember writing, “I don’t think that’s ethical.” Up to that point,…

  • #EthicalAuthor

    Love Your Readers, Love Your Art, Love Yourself: Introducing #EthicalAuthors Weeks Feb 1-14

      Are you one of those writers? You know, the kind that does whatever it takes to get a sale? Are you the kind that responds publicly to a bad review? Do you manipulate your public numbers to look better than you really are? Do you neglect excellence in your writing for the sake of a fast buck? Of course you’re not. But you probably know someone who is. Even if you haven’t, you see these kind of writers everywhere. You read about their bad behavior. You nudge the author next to you and say, I can’t believe they did that. And sometimes, the response you get is, but isn’t there no such thing…

  • Craft,  Discipline,  Self-Publishing,  Work-In-Progress

    What To Do After You Write “THE END” by Guest Blogger Keisha Page

    You’ve Just Finished Your First Book! Now What? You’ve written your manuscript, and now you’re a little unsure about the next steps. No matter if you’re wanting to submit the manuscript to a publisher, participate in something like #PitMad or #PitchWars on Twitter, or go the indie publishing route, you should spend the next few weeks going over and polishing your manuscript.  But you should take it nice and slow. Baby steps. The first thing that you need to do is take a moment and realize what an amazing thing you’ve done. You’ve finished a manuscript. That, in and of itself, is an accomplishment. On my hard drive, and faithfully…

  • Craft,  Interviews With Authors,  Self-Publishing

    Interview with Author/Editor Bridget McKenna: How To Self-Edit Your Self-Published Book (So It’s So Good, She Won’t Be Able To Stop Reading!)

    “How Do I Make My Writing Better?” Ask an editor! Meet Editor/Author Bridget McKenna! Last spring, Bridget and I started a conversation about her article, “Why I Didn’t Keep Reading Your Book” Parts 1 & 2.  And then I had the idea that I wanted to interview her and I send her questions. Then she moved. And then I kind of forgot about it. And then I broke my ankle and I was on pain meds. Then she reminded me that she would get to those questions as soon as she could. And then I started this crazy Facebook group. And then when I got the interview questions back, it felt…