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Learning How to Market Books (Post #2): Facebook Ads

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:00am
OK, first thing’s first: this is not a post about how to be successful with Facebook ads. I created my first Facebook ad last month. I’ve run a single one-month test. I’ve got a lot to learn. But if you’re an author who doesn’t know where to start–or what to even think about–maybe this will help. […]

Do authors need to read a lot of books?

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:00am
Yes. Post’s over! You can all go home now, guys. You–…what? I need to write a little more than that? Honestly, this is one of those questions I’ve never understood. “The best writers are avid readers” appears in every “Advice for Writers” forum, book, and blog ever written. But writing communities are full of posts […]

The Fixed and Growth Mindsets: How a Popular Psychology Book Applies to Authors

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 10:00am
First thing’s first: want a free copy of Justice Unending? Then check out my Goodreads giveaway! It’s running from Sept. 25 to Oct. 21 and is available to everyone in the U.S. and Canada (sorry, everyone else! Shipping is expensive.) Good luck! And now, on to the post! About a year or so ago, I […]

Finding Motivation for Writing: Focusing Small Successes

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:00am
After years of writing, I’ve learned a very strange thing about myself: when I feel like garbage, a story isn’t working, and I know it needs a lot of work before it’s “done,” the absolute worst, most demoralizing thing I can think is “but imagine what it’ll be like when it’s published!” Yes, demoralizing. It […]

Fun with Formatting Novels: How MS Word’s Styles Can Make it Easier to Navigate and Convert Your Novels

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 10:00am
I spend an awful lot of time in Microsoft Word. It may not be the only word processing software out there, but there’s no denying that a lot of novels get written in it–and that a lot of people don’t know the useful things it can do. So let’s talk about styles and how you, […]

Learning How to Market Books (Post #1): Mailing Lists

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 10:00am
So, let’s be honest. I don’t know anything about marketing a book. This is decidedly Not a Very Good Thing, because I happen to have a book published by a small press. But–and this is the part where I admit my very embarrassing life lessons to the internet, where it will be engraved in stone […]

Word Repetition Counter: A Little Tool for Writers

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 10:00am
I’m having a heck of a time coming up with a post this week. So, here! Check out this Word Repetition Counter I made! Warning: I made it in JavaScript. I’m very new at JavaScript. If you break it, I won’t be surprised. Just tell me so I can fix it. Here’s how it works: […]

On Writing a Fiction Series–and How Agents and Publishers Make for Fluid Plans

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 10:00am
I attended the New England SCBWI writing conference back in April, and one of the most intriguing panels I attended–and the one that’s stayed with me the best–was called “And Then There Were More: The Art of Writing a Series with Agent Ammi-Joan Paquette.” I’m a fantasy author, so–be it for better or for worse–series […]

All Writing is Not the Same: Why Writing One Kind of Thing Doesn’t Make You Good At Writing All Kinds of Things

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:00am
That title is a mess. It’ll have to do. As so many of my posts start, I read a thread the other day that asked “Will writing fiction improve your non-fiction writing skills?” This is a question I’ve seen a lot, in many different forms. And a lot of times, people answer with, “Sure! It […]

An Introduction to Editing: Structural Editing

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 10:00am
It’s been quite a while since my last Introduction to Editing post, so if you haven’t seen the first two, check them out! An Introduction to Editing: The Many Different Types of Edits Doing Your Pre-editing Research My last post went through the things you have to do before you make any changes: reading your […]

Review: How to Market a Book, by Joanna Penn

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 10:00am
(First, in unrelated news, check out the four-star Uncaged Book Review of my YA fantasy novel, Justice Unending! You can find it on page 98. And with that out of the way…) I have a confession: I don’t know anything about marketing. I started this blog and my author website several years ago, and proceeded […]

Do you have two spaces after every period? You can fix those in five seconds.

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:00am
I wanted to do a short post today. So let’s talk about something easy! Here’s the situation: You, like so many unfortunate people, might have been taught to put two spaces after every period, because that’s how it was done in the days of the typewriter. But alas, that’s not how it works anymore. When […]

Is this blog dusty, or is it just me?

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 6:24am
It’s been a while since my last post! I was in the middle of putting together a new post–a very short post–but thought I should address the elephant in the room: I haven’t posted in a while, have I? And… no. I have not. Unfortunately, I am very bad at two things: multitasking and managing […]
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