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Learning How to Market Books: I Take Back What I Said About Goodreads

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:00am
I ran my first Goodreads giveaway back in October. I wrote about the experience here. I was pretty happy about it! I gave away 3 copies and 480 people put it on their to-read list. After one month, I haven’t seen any reviews (or sales) that I can attribute to it, but it only cost […]

Thoughts on National Novel Writing Month

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 10:00am
National Novel Writing Month ends tomorrow, November 30. So if you’re still pushing toward 50,000 words, you still have time! Go go go~! Like I said a month ago, this was my first serious attempt at NaNoWriMo. It’s been a wild month, full of write-ins, friend-making, and writing-encouragement cake. I had a lot of fun, […]

Why I’ve Never Done NaNoWriMo (But I Am This Year)

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:00am
National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) is one of the most well-known writing events out there. Every November, NaNoWriMo challenges you to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of the month. People hold local write-ins in their communities, meet other local writers, and write like crazy. And it’s hugely popular. Every November, every author […]

Learning How to Market Books (Post #3): Goodreads Giveaways

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:00am
I finished my very first Goodreads giveaway last week, and it was was awesome. Since it’s still fresh in my mind, this seems like a great time to share what I learned. Let’s get to it! You are going to need print copies of your books. Goodreads only has one way to do giveaways at … … Continue reading →

Beta Reading Novels and the Three Kinds of Feedback

Fairies, Zombies, and Agent Queries - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:00am
If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you’ve probably noticed that I looooove to break things down: “writing” isn’t just “writing,” it’s a collection of skills ranging from grammar to description to character building. You can’t just ask for an “edit,” because there are levels of edit. So it’s no surprise that I love […]

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 […]
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