Over the last decade and a half, I have merged my love of writing, endless fascination with human psychology, and my experience working in design, marketing, and advertising into this little thing I call Platform Genres. What is a platform genre? I have been working in advertising, branding, design, and publishing for over a decade. […]
Navigate your publishing career with confidence and resilience by having a clear idea of your goals, ambitions, and visions. When you know what you’re working toward, all your choices and decisions become more clear. The Pathfinder guide makes it simple, straightforward, and most importantly…fun.
Navigate your publishing career with confidence and resilience by having a clear idea of your goals, ambitions, and visions. Stop copying the bestsellers, and start blazing your own trail to success. The Pathfinder guide makes it simple, straightforward, and most importantly…fun.
Navigate your publishing career with confidence and resilience by having a clear idea of your goals, ambitions, and visions. Each journey is individual but understanding these three steps is crucial to building the fiction writing career of your dreams. The Pathfinder guide makes it simple, straightforward, and most importantly…fun.
The Write Path with Waypoint
Waypoint Author Academy is your first step on the journey to becoming a confident writer and savvy business person. Because whether you’re blazing your own trail in self publishing, or are pursuing the well trodden traditional route, at the end of the day you are still in a business. Here at Waypoint our goal is […]
It doesn’t matter if you are just starting your writing journey, you’ve finished one book, or your backlist is filled with titles. It doesn’t matter if you’re Independent or Traditional. Every single person we’ve worked with, or met in the writing world, has one thing in common: Occasionally, we all get stuck. We’re sometimes overwhelmed […]
Rejection is a normal part of life, but as humans, we tend to avoid it at all costs. If you’ve chosen to be an author, though, rejection is part of the journey. (Might as well rip off the band-aid first, right?) Our instincts tell us that our very existence is threatened if we’re rejected, so […]
A story chat is a one-hour phone or video chat where we can discuss your fiction project. It doesn’t matter if you’re drafting or editing, if you’re stuck on character or plot, or if you’re traditional or independently published. Story chats are meant to give you the confidence, clarity, and support to keep going. Here […]
Once you embark on building your author life, you’ll find that self-sabotage is an insidious beast. It disguises itself as a number of different, seemingly innocuous feelings and scenarios that ultimately block your creativity. So what do you do about it? Obviously, we all want to nip self-sabotage in the bud. Anything that gets between […]
Author life has its ups and downs, like so many things in life. Let’s face it: writing a book can be a long road, especially if you’re just starting out or don’t write fiction full-time. It’s easy to lose focus on our writing goals, so we need milestones and celebrations to keep our focus and […]
Not long ago, I was invited to be the guest author at a writing retreat. When I put up a poll to the forty-some attendees of the retreat, giving them options as to topics I could teach, the one with the most responses (by far) was – How Do I Know What to Write Next? […]
We’ve all seen it in the movies and on TV: the boilerplate villain, often faceless, sitting in a large leather chair with a fluffy (yet menacing) white cat in his lap. The image is so ingrained in our entertainment that we all instantly understood the joke the first time we saw Dr. Evil in Austin […]
During the drafting stage of writing your book, it’s highly beneficial to talk through your ideas with someone familiar with your genre. This can be a bookworm friend, editor, or even a coach. As writers, we often find ourselves working in a vacuum, stuck in our own heads. Once we’ve firmly planted ourselves inside our […]
Throughout your story creation process, you’re going to come to specific waypoints that will direct you toward your next steps. Working with a developmental editor to flesh out your worldbuilding, characters, and plot is one of these important stages. All authors have their own nuanced approaches to writing and no two processes look the same […]
Over and over I see people agonizing over word choices and commas before their story is figured out. Or beta readers marking copy edit style edits when the author doesn’t yet know if their story works–or if the scene the reader is editing will even make the final cut of the novel. This is why […]