Writing Groups: How to Talk to Other Writers

Picture this: You finally sit down to write your first novel. You’ve been brainstorming it for years, since childhood really, and thinking about it has taken over your life. It gnaws at you , creeps down your fingertips and through your pores until you have no choice but to sit down and write it. You’re… Read more »

8 Tips for Introducing Flash Fiction To Your Writing Group

Writing groups take many shapes and sizes. Frequency of meetings, general purpose, size, and requirements all vary from one group to another. Many writing groups exist for more than manuscript exchanges, special events, and critiques. I found myself leading the charge in organizing a writing group in which the members were interested in readings and… Read more »

Plan Your Marketing With the Power of Story

“Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.” – Kurt Vonnegut Conflict, rising tensions, epic rivalries; we writers love to finger paint with all of it.  But what if you could use the same raw materials of story to map out your marketing efforts?  How fun would that be?… Read more »

How to Stop Spamming and Grow Your Network

“My new book is out! Buy for $2.99 on Amazon! [LINK]” “Have you read my new novel yet? Get it now! [LINK]” “ ‘MY BOOK TITLE’ #kindle #bestseller [LINK]” Do these spam author posts feel familiar? It’s become a common author stereotype on social media networks to constantly post asking people to please, for the… Read more »

Five Ways to Fall in Love With Marketing Your Work

Marketing is every bit of contact your company has with the outside world.  Every bit. – From Guerrilla Marketing by Jay Levinson Why does the term “marketing people” evoke such dread?  In some circles it might even be considered an oxymoron.  But I say that the trepidation around marketing and marketing volk comes from a… Read more »