Issue #14 – June 2022

When your creative career is designed solely around stability, you may be tempted to resort to strict word counts, long hours, and crushing deadlines. That’s a classic make-more-to-earn-more model. A creative career works best when it’s diversified. Steady, eddy, income–however small at first–is a worthy goal. But how do you make it grow? Once you […]

This award-winning show dispenses advice and encouragement for beginning writers. Catch it live on Twitch at 3 p.m. (Eastern time) Tuesdays and Thursdays or listen to the edited version later in the podcast feed. I Should Be Writing has been hosted by Mur Lafferty since 2005. to learn more about the craft and business side of writing and publishing? Listen to The Shit No One Tells You About Writing. Host Bianca Marais interviews authors, agents, editors, and others involved in getting a book to market. Her co-hosts, literary agents Carly Watters and CeCe Lyra, read and critique query letters and […] Barnard interviews successful authors about their best writing, marketing, and mindset secrets on Author Like a Boss. She says the weekly show is for indie authors “who want to publish stories that readers love, utilize marketing that works, make more money with their writing, and enjoy the process!”

Released: 2018 Operating System: Online at Price: Basic: Free (Limited access) Standard: $10/month or $100/year (Full access) Guided Setup is available for a fee StoryOrigin is, by all measures, a wealth of resources for an author first starting out or trying to organize and build their publishing business. This online web app boasts three […]

If you already swap chapters with author friends, you know what it’s like to have critique partners. But have you considered beta readers to deepen your storytelling or ARC [advanced reader copy] readers to create pre-release buzz about your amazing new book? First, let’s make sure we keep our expert readers straight. The difference between […]

I have a new analogy I’d like to share this month. Indulge me as I rock this newborn while her exhausted parents try to get a nap.  When you become a grandparent, the universe upgrades your operating system with a new app called “Been There Done That.” It pulls the most obscure memories out of […]

An ARC (Advance Reader or Review Copy) team is a valuable tool in an indie author’s arsenal. An engaged ARC team can help you build momentum with solid reviews on launch as well as help with marketing. If your early readers like your book, they might also post about it on social media. Free word […]

Tao Wong Shares His Secrets for Making the Full-Time Gig Work Financially Tao Wong never meant to be a full-time author. Now he helps other authors move closer to realizing the same dream he never thought he’d achieve, all while advocating the necessity of income diversification. His backlist speaks for itself. Tao currently has more […]

You’ve finally written “The End,” and it’s now time for the next stage in prepping your manuscript for publication: Find some beta readers who will take your story and help you make it better. But what’s a beta reader, where do you find these mythical beings, and how can you make the most of them? […]

“Your eyes touch me physically.” —“The Warrior,” performed by Scandal, written by Holly Knight and Nick Gilder Oh, the amazing wandering body parts. The absolute horror inflicted upon readers as eyes fly, hands inch around, and hearts roam the world. The term “wandering body parts” refers to the sentences in which body parts seem to […]

When it comes to press releases, I’ve worked on both sides of the writing desk. I’ve stared at the same blank page that other authors—or editorial interns, in my case—have tried to craft into an interest-grabbing announcement, just like I’ve sorted through stacks of those announcements in my email inbox to find the ones worth […]

Have you ever woken up at 3:00 a.m., sat upright in bed, and cried out, “Dagnabbit! I wish I could just sign up for more newsletters!” Or maybe the cause of your sleeplessness is more along the lines of refreshing your empty email inbox and wondering when authors were going to send you more content. […]

A Quick Genre Breakdown The easiest definition of Paranormal Women’s Fiction, or PWF as it’s often referred to, is women’s fiction with paranormal elements. More specifically, PWF is action-packed fiction under the fantasy umbrella written for and about women in the middle of their lives.  According to, the genre is defined as “the new […]

Five years ago, author L.J. Stanton’s future took a dramatic shift. An equestrian for much of her life, she’d earned an equine sciences degree in college and was training horses and teaching riding lessons for a living. Then she was diagnosed with two genetic disorders: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). “I […]

I’m dyslexic, and my family says I should focus my creative energies on arts like pottery, but in my heart, I know I want to write. Are there any other dyslexic writers out there? Dyslexic in Dysart Dear …? You know, often people label themselves as Frustrated from Fairbanks or whatever, and regular fans of […]

You didn’t write your book by accident, and your author career won’t take off by mistake.  It starts with you.  If you don’t believe in yourself, how will others believe in you? Flip that switch and know that you are doing the best you can, doing better today than yesterday. What is the value of […]

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