3 Tips for Writing Dialogue

Dialogue is one of the most difficult parts of writing. On the one hand, you want the dialogue to feel organic, you want the reader to believe that this dialogue could very well be a genuine conversation. But on the other hand, real life conversations are full of pauses, filler words, and lots of slang, …

New Rejections

I received two fresh rejections from prospective literary agents this week, and the rest have been giving me radio silence for several weeks now. But that’s okay! I’ll probably start a fresh batch of queries here next week, and a publishing company I’ve had my eye on should be opening for submissions soon! I think …

Tips for New Writers

Recently, my sister-in-law told me she wanted to start writing and asked for some advice. And there’s nothing I love more than helping others, so I figured I’d share with all of you the advice I gave her! 1. Your first draft is supposed to be messy. This is something that can be very difficult …

Passion, Criticism, and Stoicism. — The Stoic Veteran

I’ve been feeling a little down about my writing lately, folks. Good ol’ imposter syndrome again. So I revisited an old post from back in May, when I received my first negative review, to inspire me and hopefully raise my spirits. Take a look, you might find some good advice for when you’re feeling a …

What’s in a Name?

Ask 100 different authors what the most difficult part of writing is and you’ll probably get 100 different answers. Ask me that question, and I’ll tell you: Picking a damn title. I mean, the title is that first big impression; you can’t afford to blow it! It has to entice the reader, but not be …

You’re a Writer, period.

I recently joined Twitter and have joined a couple really great writing communities there. But I’ve noticed a sad trend: a lot of indie authors include terms like “wanna-be writer” or “aspiring author” in their Twitter bios. You heard the man. Cut it out! Do you write? Congratulations! You’re a writer! That’s all there is …

Do you need an email list?

For many years, an email list has been considered an indispensable part of selling books. Read any advice column on publishing and it’s likely that before long you’ll be commanded to build an email list a mile long or face the wrath of zero book sales. Now buckle up, because I’m about to tell you …

Dear Indie Authors: Stop Doing This!

During my short time in the indie author community, studying up on what other indie authors have done, there seems to be one common mistake made that inevitably rubs some reviewers the wrong way: unexpected cliffhangers. I understand why it’s done. You’re trying to set the stage for a sequel and hope that the tension …

Marketing for Indie Authors

Allow me to make an assumption: if you’re a self-published indie author, one of the main reasons for this is because you don’t have the money to go the traditional route. I’ll put my own hand up on that one. I can’t afford to drop $500 on a professionally designed book cover. I can’t afford …

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