The Waypoint Method of plotting aims to get deep under the skin of your story so that you understand more than just what happens to your characters, you understand the WHY. Once we dig deeper into story, the plot points begin to fall together. Plot points are really just moments when your protagonist’s views or … Read More 5 Pivot Points to Plot Your Novel
If you’re an indie author, then you know it’s your responsibility to build a team to help you get your books out into the world. Because we have creative control and control over our production processes, we have the luxury of choosing our editors. Chances are, you’re probably interested in the idea of building a … Read More How to Build a Long-Term Working Relationship With an Editor
Dreaming is an important part of your writing (both creatively and in business), and we support your biggest, loftiest dreams with everything we have. But can you sort through your dreams for reality? Are you in control of your writing business? Do you know how take a dream and make it real? Or do you get … Read More Having a Hard Time Organizing Your Writing Time?
If we want a long-lasting career writing fiction, we have to step back from what we’re doing once in a while and re-evaluate. Both in what we’re writing and how we’re approaching our author platform, branding, and social media. In the years from 2009 to 2017, I wrote an average of five to nine books … Read More A Note for Mid-Career Authors
Three things to note before we jump in: ONE: there is no ONE SIZE FITS ALL, or no hard and fast ALWAYS rules in strengthening the language of your fiction. TWO: if your characterization is INCREDIBLE, strong language will most likely come very naturally. THREE: you have more leeway if you’re writing in first person … Read More Quick Tips to Strengthen the Language of Your Fiction
Are you feeling stuck in one or more aspects of your author career? Has the business side of the writing life got you down? A Publishing Consultation Call can help you get focused, and get moving again. Here are 7 reasons why some one on one time might be exactly what you need to get … Read More 7 Reasons You May Need a Publishing Consultation Call
Please Note: This post contains affiliate links. You’ve completed the first full draft of your shiny new novel, and you’re chomping at the bit to send it off to your developmental editor. I mean, it’s on paper now, right? Isn’t it time to get some help with fleshing it out so you can move on … Read More Don’t Underestimate the Power of Developmental Self-Editing
Readers judge books by their covers. If you’re a self-published author, it’s crucial to hire a pro cover designer to help your book get the attention it deserves. If you’re a traditionally published author, your publisher will handle all aspects of your publishing, including hiring your cover designer. As a trad author, you may not … Read More Why Working With a Pro Cover Designer Matters for Your Book Marketing and Sales
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