WARNING: Authors, blurbs can kill…your sales!

I offer this blog post up as a cautionary tale to authors. Especially to self-published authors who don’t have a publisher to tell them, “Um, NO, this is NOT a good idea.” I had to unfriend a fellow author on Facebook tonight. The reason? They were posting in multiple groups a blurb for their book. … Read More

Write Your Ass Off: Don’t turn your Alphas into A$$holes.

The post where I rant about “Alpha” heroes who are really assholes, and how to avoid that pitfall in your writing: http://writeyourassoff.blogspot.com/2013/09/dont-turn-your-alphas-into-aholes.html

WriteYourAssOff.com: Contract Red Flags

I’ve got another post up at the WriteYourAssOff.com blog about contract red flags. Enjoy! Publishing Contracts: Red Flags and Warnings

Write Your Ass Off: Tuesday Topics

New post up at Write Your Ass Off, a list of various writing topics from amping up suspense to handling criticism, to dealing with backstory issues: http://writeyourassoff.blogspot.com/2013/06/tuesday-topics.html

Scrivener: Labels.

I love Scrivener. Love love luuuurrrvve. Want to have its babies kind of love. When I first had to give up SuperNotecard and move to Scrivener, mid-manuscript, no less, I was dubious. I shouldn’t have worried. Scrivener has quickly won my heart. And the split screen feature is a HUGE plus. I love being able … Read More

Writing Tip: Editors – They’re not your maid, or your mommy.

The one where I rant blog about an editor’s role: Write Your Ass Off – Editors: They’re not your maid, or your mommy.

Trainwreck in the making — an author arguing with reviewers.

What NOT to do as a writer… http://writeyourassoff.blogspot.com/2013/06/one-more-timedo-not-argue-with-reviewers.html Seriously, do NOT argue with reviewers. I learned this hard lesson early in my career. Believe me, it NEVER ends well, and the author in this case is not only arguing with reviewers, but is doing so ARROGANTLY. *smh* If you can’t handle getting negative reviews, DO … Read More

Writing How-To: The dreaded blurb.

I’ve got a post about writing loglines and blurbs for writers over on the Write Your Ass Off blog. http://writeyourassoff.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-dreaded-blurb.html

Writing How-To: What NOT to do for promotions.

Today’s post is prompted by the fact that on one of the email loops I’m on, a writer has apparently gone on vacation to the South Pacific with her handsome hubby to do book research. How do I know this? Because before Clueless Writer left on vacation, she set up an auto-responder to her email … Read More

Writing How-To: Using trademarked brands in fiction.

Quick writing primer today on trademarks in fiction. While using song lyrics in your fiction without first obtaining written permission is verbotten, trademarks frequently confuse writers. What do I mean? For example, when you refer to the drink, it’s Coke, not coke. (Lowercase coke is if you’re referring to cocaine.) It’s a Dumpster, not a … Read More

Do. Not. Read. Reviews. Period.

On a Facebook group I’m a member of, a fellow writer lamented a scathing reader review they received where they were (literally) told they should seek out another form of employment, because writing wasn’t their forte. I’ve made no bones about the fact that one of the worst things a writer can do is read … Read More

Some random writing tips.

A couple of random things for writers culled from the Internet. How to Write a Book in Three Days: http://www.ghostwoods.com/2010/05/how-to-write-a-book-in-three-days-1210/ How to Write a Book in More Than Three Days: http://www.ghostwoods.com/2010/05/how-to-write-a-book-in-more-than-three-days-1217/ Writer’s Digest: So You Want to Write a Novel (This is Hilarious) Writer’s Digest: 4 Ways to Improve Plot/Climax in Your Writing

Taking chances.

Sometimes as a writer, you have to take chances. Scratch that, you always have to take chances, because just by deciding to become a writer, you’ve already taken a pretty big chance. The whole process is about taking chances, from the writing to the editing to submitting. Then, if you get something published, you’re taking … Read More

What’s the "magic secret" to getting published?

Well, there really isn’t one. Seriously. If you want to be an author, make a living at being a wordsmith, the most important thing is showing up every day and writing. And then writing. And then writing some more. And…you guessed it. Not only the writing, but the editing, the query/submission process, the self-promotion. All … Read More