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Writing Timelines and Outputs

By |2018-04-07T09:34:04-05:00April 7th, 2018|Rambles|

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about time management. Namely, am I spending time and energy on the things that are bringing me money. As a freelancer, this question is vitally important, because if I don’t spend my time on the things that make me money, I will have no […]

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End of the Year Report

By |2017-06-27T16:29:04-05:00December 19th, 2016|Business of Indie Publishing Series|

I like to share my End of the Year Report for a few reasons. First, I believe in truth-in-lending. You guys are my stakeholders, and every book you buy, in my opinion, goes toward investing in the business. In the second place, I like sharing my dirty laundry because it’s not unique. […]

The Economics of a Book Signing

By |2017-03-20T11:01:55-05:00August 22nd, 2016|Business of Indie Publishing Series|

I did a book signing this past weekend at Barnes and Noble. It was my third bookstore signing and second at a Barnes and Noble. Going in, I wasn’t expecting much. The first two signings were abject failures on all objectives. But I thought being home in Pensacola, where my support […]

From Brain to Book (Part 2)

By |2017-03-20T11:05:14-05:00August 15th, 2016|Business of Indie Publishing Series|

Hooray for having a blogging schedule again! Since I’m ramping up to share Lexie (preorder now), I’m dusting off the ol’ blog and trying to be a bit more active about blabbing here. Last week, I talked about my love for planning, Scrivener, and how unpredictable my drafting […]

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From Brain to Book (Part 1)

By |2017-03-20T11:04:01-05:00August 8th, 2016|Business of Indie Publishing Series|

I’m trying to blog more (yay), but since I don’t want to spam you guys with 20 weeks of content about Miss Carrigan (preorder now), I thought I’d write up a few blog posts about my process, and how to write a book. Or more succinctly, how I get […]

How to Sell a Book on Twitter

By |2017-03-27T20:37:32-05:00April 18th, 2016|Business of Indie Publishing Series|

How to sell a book on Twitter… Click-bait title much?

So I’ve been doing this publishing thing for a few years now, and I’ve racked up a nice little bevy of sales and whatnot. Not super big numbers, but enough that I feel like I have a handle on what’s going […]

Celebrating Every Milestone

By |2017-03-15T10:01:07-05:00March 16th, 2016|Publishing Schtuff|

Last week, I tried a little experiment. I wanted to test out how many eBooks I could sell on a $0.99 promotion week with a different eBook Advertising site every day. The goals were simple–make back the cost of the ad–and it was a chance to see if I could […]

Amazon Giveaways – I’m Skeptical

By |2017-03-15T09:48:58-05:00March 3rd, 2016|Publishing Schtuff|

I got into a lovely debate with my favorite author assistant Kate Tilton today, talking about Amazon Giveaways.

Here’s how I see these giveaways going down:

  1. You pay $6 to put two $3 ebooks up for giveaway (or whatever)
  2. Magic happens and somehow people discover your book giveaway (I still don’t […]

The Importance of a Brand

By |2017-03-14T08:45:06-05:00January 24th, 2016|Business of Indie Publishing Series|

Note: While this is geared toward authors, there’s some nuggets for anyone with an online persona (read: bloggers).

I guarantee that at least ten authors will see the title of this post and roll their eyes saying they don’t need no brand because they’re “authentic” and “real” and corporate bullshit and…

And […]

The Island Kickstarter Hot Wash

By |2017-03-14T08:40:30-05:00January 17th, 2016|Hot Washes|

Oh! You guys hate love these!

If you’re just joining us, a hotwash is what the military does after an exercise. It’s where everyone gathers around a table right after an exercise and talks about what went good, what went bad, and what could be improved.


Overall, The Island Kickstarter was a smashbang success. […]

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