Archive for the ‘Writing Tips’ Category

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

Wow! This year flew by while “Life” interfered with my writing time.

I did try to keep up with Indie Publishing news while running from one “Life” crisis to another. Continue reading

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Time Management Revisited

It is spring here in Australia, and time I got back into my routine of writing in the mornings and yard maintenance in the afternoons.

So, when I read Dean Wesley Smith’s blog about his resetting his writing routine and his offer of a free lecture, I immediately signed in and listened to his 8 short video talks on finding out how to free up some time to write each day.

If you are interested visit Dean’s blog post here and copy his codeword then follow the link to his lecture on teachable.

Enjoy.

Keep writing and having fun.

Technology Hiccups

It is already August and winter is almost over here on the east coast of Australia.

I have not written anything for the past few months, but have been busy, never the less. Tax forms done. Latest story in print as well as ebook formats. Working on a Holly Lisle Short Story course, and plotting short stories.

I finally set up a second laptop using Ubuntu and all free software, and connected to the internet, so I do not have to use my Windows laptop to connect to the internet. Continue reading

ALLi Conference and New Release

I attended the ALLi Conference which ran for 24 hours on April 14.

Most of the presentations were for beginners, but a few kept me up to date with the publishing industry.

You still have time to watch a few of the videos if you are interested. The schedule is here.  Each presentation is under the Presentations tab. Continue reading

March activities in Indie Publishing

March flew past, and it is now April. I have been busy finishing and editing a novella which I think is an Adventure story. I will try some beta readers and see if they think the genre is “adventure” or not. 🙂 And work on the cover.

And start my next series. Which will be fun, I hope. 🙂

Not much Indie Publishing news except for the following: Continue reading

2018 Publishing Processes

Indie publishing seems to have settled into the new normal in 2017.

There are two ways, all in on Amazon, or wide. Over 70% of all ebook, print and audio sales are on Amazon. This leaves 30% sales elsewhere.

There are two main strategies with publishing, either “churn and scream” or “drip”. Continue reading

From 2009 to now, and Onwards.

I started this blog in April, 2009.

Why? One of my writing teachers told me to create a writing blog because I needed it. I think it was to build interest in my stories, but I don’t talk about the actual writing of my stories. I mean, who wants to hear that I write one sentence, then the next. And the next. That is boring.

I talk about my writing journey, the things I learn, the software that helps me, or other tools that I use to monitor all aspects of indie publishing. Continue reading

Indie Author Fringe October 2017 Conference

I spend too much time at the Indie Author Fringe October 2017 conference. In fact, the most part of 24 hours, watching videos, reading articles, following links to other articles on everything relating to indie publishing and taking notes, 26 pages of notes.

I am in information overload.

The main points I learned. Continue reading

Business or Hobby?

For those visitors that are new to my blog, I indie published my first 6100 word short story “Fire Starter” on 12/06/2010 to Smashwords for $0.00. The short story was about one of the main characters in my first three-book Space Opera Broken series.

After readers downloaded the FREE short story over 2000 times, I changed the price to $0.99. And watched as more readers discovered it online and purchased it.

I saw the potential of making a living from writing, both fiction and non fiction and leapt into writing and publishing the Indie way. And continued to learn every aspect of this business along the way. Continue reading

Prologues, Good or Bad?

Why use a prologue?

I believe that if a prologue is an information dump (InfoDump) it is wrong. The reader will not read it. They want a story not an InfoDump.

But if the prologue is a scene or two, like every other scene in the story, then it is correct. It gets the reader to keep reading, which is what the author wants.

So, a prologue is a scene, complete with character with conflict in a rich setting with a twist to end the scene, and it happens years or centuries earlier then when the story begins. Continue reading

Ebook Bundles Podcast

Last post, I discussed one of my stories selected for an eBook bundle on Bundlerabbit.

Today, Joanna Penn had a podcast talk with Chuck Heintzelman, the creator of BundleRabbit. I think it is a good detailed discussion on bundling. Check it out here.

 

Also note, near the end of the talk, Chuck said if you sign up to BundleRabbit you can still get a free copy of The Author Guide to Ebook Bundling by Chuck Heintzelman. But he does not know for how long the ebook will be free on signup.

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Ebook Bundles

Have you thought about participating in eBook Bundles?

BundleRabbit.com sells eBook bundles at all eBook distributors as well as on their own web site.

I have heard good things about BundleRabbit, so uploaded Rider, the first in my Tracker Series, to see how the process worked. And have been selected for an upcoming bundle.

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Tracker Series #4 Published

Mage, the fourth book in the Tracker Series has now been published as an eBook.

I had hoped to add a dragon image to the cover, but did not work with the cloudy sky in the final background. Hopefully, I can add a dragon to the next Tracker series cover.  Continue reading

Interesting Spam Emails

I am totally enjoying my month of tennis and relaxing rather than writing, even if the temperature reached 105.6 degrees Fahrenheit for a few days.

I decided not to read a chapter or two of my current edited story aloud this morning looking for the last of the typos, incorrect words, or other errors, so, thought I would check my publishing emails instead.

As usual, nothing interesting in the Inbox.

But the Spam was interesting. Continue reading

Planning for 2017

Looking back over 2016 plans I can say I “failed” to complete all my plans for 2016 but I did “succeed” in most of them. So a big win for me!

To end the year, I need to create the 2016 Tift Publishing Catalogue with links to published books onto Tift Publishing web site. Continue reading

2016 Review

Needless to say, I have not finished Mage, my fourth Tracker Series story.

Still, I hope to get the last few chapters done this coming week, and do the first edit, before the end of the year.

Then work on the cover and formatting in Dec – Jan holidays and hopefully, release at the end of January, 2017.

I also plan on not doing much of anything during January except watch Australian Tennis on TV.

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Is the eBook Market Still Growing, Settling or Dying?

Are you, like other indie authors, worried about the slow down of sales of your ebooks on Amazon?

Did you read about Amazon Select sales not showing in many author’s Amazon reports, and how Amazon is working on it. And other comments said sales outside Select were also not showing in the Amazon reports? Continue reading

Writing Book IV in the Tracker Series

I started Book IV in the tracker series and managed four chapters before LIFE interfered. Continue reading

Working on Fantasy Tracker Three Cover

I am working on the cover image for Judge, the third Tracker Series novel.

Here is a sneak peek while the novel is getting edited. Continue reading

Another Talisman

Writing Book Three of my Tracker Series is rolling along slowly.

I am up to chapter 15 and Misty is getting herself into more trouble, along with Dallas. Fun!

I also plotted one way she can get out of trouble, but may come up with another way, or two, if I find any “plot bunnies” in the next few chapters.

Which brings me to my second talisman.  Continue reading