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Why Writing is Like Going to the Gym

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Students often felt disillusioned when I sent back edits on their work and suggestions for improvement. They’d come to class, not to learn how to write better, but for me to tell them they were born writers and to submit their work to Publisher X to start their million-dollar careers.

But all writers, just like everyone that gets on those bicycles, have to push and train those muscles to get better. It takes practice, tons of it. Maintaining the status quo may be the easy way to participate, but the most rewards come from the hardest work.

Branding: What is it and why does it matter to writers?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Self-Promotion | 0 comments

Think of branding as a process of defining your writing with the hopes of creating brand loyalty. You can probably list dozens of brands you’re loyal to, from no-name tomato soup (price) to Pepsi cola (taste) to Stephen King (suspenseful experience). Each brand you favour has particular characteristics that you find consistently in the product, right? Ultimately, that product has a recipe that has been developed and marketed over time. You can do that, too.When you create your brand, you’re stirring together all of the things that make up your writing, past, present, and future.

FREE Tools to Help You Create a Blog Banner or eBook Cover

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in eBooks, Website Design Tips | 4 comments

Do you know what you want for your ebook cover or blog banner, but don’t have the tools you need? I find that software for special purposes often costs a little more than I’d like to invest–so, my first go-to place is the Web to see what’s out here for free. Here are some of the tools I’ve used that will help you create the perfect header or book cover.

WARNING: Ignoring These Book Sales Statistics Could Seriously Impact Your Writing Income

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in eBooks, Publishing Tips | 1 comment

So, to put the Nov/2015 ebook sales analysis done by K-Lytics in earning perspective for authors, if you had a romance novel and a nonfiction law book that both hit #1 in the period above, and earned $1 per book for each sale, you’d earn $6245 a day for the novel and $52 a day for the law book. Quite a difference, isn’t it? But there are more starting stats!

Robert Sawyer Talks About Science Fiction

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Blog, Interviews | 0 comments

Regardless of whether you think the science fiction genre has been diluted or expanded by including more sub-genres, the good news is that it’s a good-selling genre for writers. Sawyer even indicated, “Science fiction exports well,” saying he’s been one of the best selling SF authors in China.

So how popular is science fiction with today’s readers? Very!

Make Money with E-Books: Writing & Publishing in the Digital Age

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in eBooks | 0 comments

The October 2015 Author Earnings Report indicates that 165,000 top selling e-books on Amazon rake in 70% of the total e-book $$$ sales–and Amazon itself has about 73% of the U.S. e-book market. Of all those books, about 43% are from indie authors and another 2% are from uncategorized single author publishers. In other words, self-publishing is good for authors!