Creating Your Author Brand (Pt. 2): Your Authentic Voice

It’s my privilege to welcome Lisa to my blog today. I’ve known her for several years now and have watched her journey through difficult circumstances to find her bold, unique voice that is at once compassionate and compelling. Who better to share her story of discovering her authentic voice than this beautiful woman who has…

How to Create Your Author Brand (Pt. 1)

Your author brand is nothing more than your authentic story.  Let’s set aside all the fancy talk of platforms and networking, fonts and social media strategies, logos and websites, brand archetypes and all the “expert advice.” Because none of that matters until you know your story. You probably think your story is your book. Your…

The Introvert’s Guide to Writing in Community

When people think of writers, they don’t really think of community. More often, the stereotype of the solitary author skipping meals and pounding away at a keyboard in some attic comes to mind instead! (And let’s be real, that stereotype exists for a reason. It happens. *deadline* *cough*). But the creative process doesn’t happen in…

Depression, Anxiety and the Creative Writer

Creative writers often jokingly refer to the strangeness of the writing experience in terms of a mental illness. Multiple personalities (Characters that talk back? Say, whaaat?), obsessive behavior, the “tortured artist” stereotype, all the feels, etc. But there’s a darker underbelly beneath all the joking. The sensitive, artistic personality types who tend to express their…

A Writing Conference Survival Guide for the insecure author

I was a 19-year-old kid who didn’t know much of anything when I went to my first writing conference. In fact, I was mainly going because I’d enjoyed writing stories with friends in high school, and I wanted an excuse to hang out with my best friend. 🙂 It was one of the most terrifying…

What kind of edit does your book need?

What’s involved in a book edit? Are there different types of edits? How do I know which kind of edit my book needs? Fair questions, and ones I hear often when talking to other authors and clients. But finding a simple, clear answer is surprisingly hard to come by. Terms are used interchangeably, and opinions…

Ice, rice, and paradise

No matter how hard I try, my life just can’t be normal. Sometimes it fools me for awhile. I start to have foolish ambitions of being the cool kid who actually has things together and enjoys a nice, boring, normal life where crazy, random things don’t happen on a regular basis. Despite a plethora of…

How to save time and money with a manuscript consult

Have you ever written most of the first draft of your novel, only to realize there are major problems in your plot and character arcs that will require massive rewrites? I have. It’s so incredibly frustrating. You have to throw out whole scenes, chapters, even the majority of your manuscript because you were so in love…

How do I choose the right editor?

The question of how to choose the right editor is one of the most common queries I see floating around writer communities, and for good reason. It’s an important question! A quality book editor represents a substantial investment of time and money for most authors (I’m guessing you fall into that category, since you’re reading this…

Exercise solutions for the stressed-out creative entrepreneur

Almost six months ago I embarked on a journey far crazier and more difficult than anything I had previously attempted (which, by the way, includes traveling to Siberia and interviewing an ex-Buddhist monk in Myanmar). I knew I’d need to be at the top of my game, mentally and physically. I knew I’d have to…

Rest: The Ultimate Creativity Boost

Writers and other creatives really are their own worst enemies. Have you noticed that? Isn’t it crazy? We are always the first people to criticize our work, run ourselves into the ground striving for impossible perfection, and just generally try to do ALL THE THINGS perfectly ALL THE TIME, convinced that everyone else totally has their act together and…

Harry Potter Meets X-Men in 1940s England: A WIPjoy Summary

At the beginning of January, you may remember my post about #JaNoWriMo and #WIPjoy and marveled at the eccentricities that are writerdom. I’ve had a wonderful time this month chatting with authors and readers about my latest WIP (otherwise known as a work-in-progress) on social media, particularly about Twitter, and answering the daily challenge questions…