Category: Self

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Professional Guidance to Reach your Author Goals

Sometimes you need to talk it out with someone who has gone before you. If you want to write more, get an agent/publisher, attract ideal readers, and sell more books all while still enjoying your life, our customized coaching sessions are for you! Publishing isn’t a linear journey where you start as a temp and end up a CEO, it’s a complicated and twisted … Read More Professional Guidance to Reach your Author Goals

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Conquer Publishing One Bit at a Time

Sometimes you don’t need high level support or a proven framework to build your career. Sometimes you’re doing fine, and are happy as can be with where you’re writing and author career is going. But you know there’s always room for growth, stretching, and improvement and that’s what this space is here for. A collection of hyper specific resources on a multitude of topics … Read More Conquer Publishing One Bit at a Time

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4S Author: Self

Starting with SELF is appropriate because it’s often the thing authors abandon first. We spend so much time trying to contort ourselves for agents, editors, and readers we completely forget that we’re a very important piece of our stories. If you haven’t read the Series Kickoff outlining the 4S’s, do that here. The self has two sections: your physical self and your higher self. … Read More 4S Author: Self

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The 4S Author Career

There are a lot of paths to publishing your novels, and it can become quite overwhelming to decide which one is right for you. But under all the tech and strategies and marketing your success will hinge on only 4 core thing. Over the coming weeks I’ll dive into each one a bit further. Note: This series was adapted from a summer series available … Read More The 4S Author Career

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6 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Story Before You Sit Down to Write

How do you prepare to write a new book? Many authors have a system they follow to plan, plot, and prepare before they sit down to write–myself included. While there are no real rules for how to write a book, I find that I prefer to have a loosely structured system that works for my storytelling style. I’ve written a little over 30 novels–maybe … Read More 6 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Story Before You Sit Down to Write

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Three Author Foundations

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 by the process, or afraid of the criticism/rejection, or … Read More Three Author Foundations

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Pep Talk: Put a Positive Spin on Rejection

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 we tend to spend a lot of time and … Read More Pep Talk: Put a Positive Spin on Rejection

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8 Ways Self-Sabotage Disguises Itself to Block Your Creativity

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 you and your books needs to hit the road–right? … Read More 8 Ways Self-Sabotage Disguises Itself to Block Your Creativity

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5 Author Life Accomplishments Worth Celebrating

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 our energy on track. Sure, there are major milestones … Read More 5 Author Life Accomplishments Worth Celebrating

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Why Releasing While You Write Kills Your Creativity

Are you releasing your book while you’re in the process of writing your first draft? If so, you could be killing your creativity and stunting your book’s progression from idea to full story.  Self-published authors have a lot to consider, from book concept to publication. That means it’s a little too easy for us to get ahead of wherever we are in the publishing … Read More Why Releasing While You Write Kills Your Creativity

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The Business of Fiction: Platform vs Brand

There are three main ingredients when it comes to building your fiction career: Mindset, Business, and Craft. All three of these must work together, inform each other, and drive your strategies. If you only focus on one or two (you’d be amazed at how many authors only pay attention to one), you’ll never reach your big goals. Or maybe you will, but chances are … Read More The Business of Fiction: Platform vs Brand

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Platform Genre Quiz

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. Over that time I’ve worked with and spoken to … Read More Platform Genre Quiz