Death of a Newsletter

I’ve made attempts to build my newsletter, and I still send one out every month, but I think I’ll be ending that soon. Despite many authors insisting that newsletters are the best way to find readers and sell books, I’ve never seen much ROI. I did what many do and offered giveaways and free, exclusive…

The Order of Parts

Writing has a lot of steps. People who don’t write don’t understand that. Sometimes people who do write still don’t understand that. So I thought maybe I’d break it down a bit. 1. Writing 2. Critiquing 3. Beta 4. Editing 5. ARCs 6. Release That’s a simplification. In truth most of these stages loop. You…

2016

If you follow publishing news at all, you’ll have read that the Association of American Publishers announced revenue was down 5.1% in 2016 (from 2015). Adult fiction declined 0.9%. But children’s and YA grew 5.9%, and almost 90% of those sales were in print. My current WIP is a YA novel, and I won’t give…

Becoming a Writer: Step One

Someone asked me the other day, “So what do I need to know about being a writer?” For context, this person is working on his first novel. I’ve read enough of his work to know he has the basics down: grammar, spelling, punctuation. He reads a lot, too. I feel like you have to read…

Progress

So here is the countdown clock for Hamlette to be finished and submitted. If I continue to write 1% per day, I will make the deadline. (See the sidebar on the right to track my writing progress.) Though really I should write more per day and be sure I have time for a thorough overhaul…

IWSG: Pet Peeves

It’s time again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Posts go up the first Wednesday of each month. Read more posts and/or join in here. Question of the Month: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing? Well, I used to work in publishing as an editor (and sometimes still do freelance work), so I have…

Help Me Name A Character!

All right. I recently ran a poll on my Facebook page, but for those who didn’t see it, here is the summary. I’m trying to decide on the name of the Felidae Clan leader in Changers 2. This character is gender fluid, and I picture xem as Black + Asian. Not that culture really makes…

WIPjoy #17

What was the first thing you knew about your story’s world/setting? That it would be set in Regency England? Seriously, though, I knew Faebourne would be an old house set in the forest—a place of mists and fey influences. It’s almost gothic, at least from the outside. The interior, however, is far from spooky.