Let me preface this by saying some of you (or perhaps a lot of you) will read this blog post and get angry at me, but I'm telling you all this from a place of empathy as a fellow indie author myself who goes through the same struggles. I've also had to find unique and … Continue reading This Won’t Sell Your Books
Why I Don’t Respond to Reviews (and you shouldn’t either)
A friend of mine recently suggested I post my positive reviews to social media for more engagement and better advertising for my books. While that thought crossed my mind when I started down the author's path over a year ago, I quickly learned that this is not a very wise thing to do. But why? … Continue reading Why I Don’t Respond to Reviews (and you shouldn’t either)
The Next Book of The Mark of Amulii and Future Ideas
This is not really an article, just an update on me, my writing, and what I plan to do in the coming year. It's hard to believe it's been over a year since I published The Mark of Amulii, and I have been slowly (very slowly) gaining traction and publicity. Though recently, with the addition … Continue reading The Next Book of The Mark of Amulii and Future Ideas
The Truth About My Self-Publishing Journey
I haven't done one of these in a while, and I thought I'd post some real talk about the process (or what I went through and my personal feelings on it). There's been growing interest in my book and the continuation of the series, which has been phenomenal! However, there's a lot misconception about what … Continue reading The Truth About My Self-Publishing Journey
What the future holds…
What a year 2022 has been so far. I made new friends, started a long-distance (soon to be close) relationship, and rewrote a novel I drafted at the start of last year. My upcoming book "The Varcross Key" is currently in the beta phase, and there will probably be one more smaller beta phase after … Continue reading What the future holds…
The Hardest Words to Keep Out of Your Writing
Oh my GOD! They're EVERYWHERE!
Common Writing Mistakes (and examples from my debut)
One of the harshest truths to anything you do in life is: no matter how hard you try to be perfect, perfection doesn't exist. You can rewrite the same story over and over again, and while you may get better each time, you'll make new mistakes and repeat old ones, even if you know better. … Continue reading Common Writing Mistakes (and examples from my debut)
On Unpopular Opinions in Writing
I've been keeping up with AuthorTube for over a year now, and while I'm not quite as enthralled with it as I once was, it still offers valuable resources. I've made quite a few mistakes with my debut novel, but I'm thankful to have had access to the experiences of other authors (traditionally published and … Continue reading On Unpopular Opinions in Writing
Exclamation Marks and Interrobang: should you use them in your novel?
The short answer is: it's complicated. If you've spent years writing fanfiction or have just started embarking on the daunting task of writing an entire novel, this is probably something you've never even considered. As someone who was an exclamation mark abuser, let's just say it was sobering to get my manuscript back from my … Continue reading Exclamation Marks and Interrobang: should you use them in your novel?
The Self-Publishing Mire
If you're here, you're likely an avid reader or a writer yourself, and you're probably familiar with the wild west of self-publishing. Being able to circumvent the gatekeepers has been an amazing boon to seeing works published that a publisher concerned with their bottom-line wouldn't touch. Over the years, traditional publishing encouraged people to emulate … Continue reading The Self-Publishing Mire