Getting Started: Writer Problems Edition

Why do so many people who talk about one day writing a book fail? Because finding those first words to mark on an otherwise empty page is a thousand times tougher to do when you decide this time you are going to start getting serious. Instead of writing anything, you simply sit there, staring at … Continue reading Getting Started: Writer Problems Edition

Happy Anniversary and the Difference a Year or Five Makes

"There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why." - William Barclay Sadly neither of those days is today. However, I did receive a message informing me that yet another year has come and gone since I started down this whole blogging thing. … Continue reading Happy Anniversary and the Difference a Year or Five Makes

How Not to Launch a Book in Ten Easy Steps

This time next week, I'll officially have four novels with my name on them. Four. I can hardly believe it, but it's true. You would think that this would mean that I'm quite the expert on launching a book, but sadly this is another example of something I'm far more qualified on the topic of … Continue reading How Not to Launch a Book in Ten Easy Steps

5 Free Alternatives to Vellum – The Ebook Conversion Edition

While downloading ebooks to your reader is simple, getting them up on the cloud in the first place requires some work. I write my books using Word, however, just because you can import your manuscript's formatted-for-print-ready Word document into Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon), doesn't mean you necessarily should. For example, you may want to include a … Continue reading 5 Free Alternatives to Vellum – The Ebook Conversion Edition

5 Alternatives to Vellum, or How I Spent My Weekend

Vellum. It's not just for illuminated scrolls. For those of you not in the self-publishing world, or those newer to book formatting, Vellum is also a popular software option that helps magically transform your manuscript from a document processing file into something the non-publishing world might call a book. (This post includes affiliate links) I … Continue reading 5 Alternatives to Vellum, or How I Spent My Weekend