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Indie Tea Motivation

I remember the day when Whitney G emailed me, asking me to be a keynote speaker at Indie Tea. My first thought: Wait, what? My second thought: Surely that’s a typo and she doesn’t actually mean for me to give a speech.

She did.

I had the extreme pleasure and honor of being on panels and workshops through the weekend. I hosted numerous one-on-one chats with authors at every stage of their career. I learned more from the attending authors and…

Beta Questions — How to help your beta reader provide better feedback


Beta reading takes a special sort reader, someone with a critical mind and great communication skills. Mine are all either other authors or bloggers (sometime are both), and thus: they know how to use their words. This is a crucial part of being a beta reader.

If you have a beta reader who blows sunshine up your ass, fire them.

Okay, maybe don’t fire them, but use them as a fluffer instead of calling them a beta reader. Everyone needs a fluffer….

That’s not how any of this works: Myths about Kindle Unlimited


Kindle Unlimited is a hot-button issue among authors and readers alike, and any of you who follow me know that I’m the first one to speak up in support of the program and the reason is simple.

KU gave me a shot, and that shot changed the course of my life.

I have consistently heard (particularly from authors who got their start in the 2012 boom or prior) a number of myths that are touted as hard and fast reasons why…

Unsolicited advice from one ladyboss to another


Over the last month, there’s been a surge of D in the indie romance community. And not the fun kind of D either. It’s that dreaded D word. The unholiest of words any author can find themselves privy to.


I’ve largely kept silent, because a big part of The Drama is contributing to The Drama. But I’m finding it’s harder and harder to stay quiet because, at the end of the day, this all contributes to a much larger problem.



Marketing 101

Let me start off by saying that I have no idea what I’m doing.
No, really. It’s been a long journey, full of trial and error. Full of failure. All I really know is what’s worked for me, and what I’ve seen work for others. It’s advice that I’ve given to my circle of author friends that they’ve seen success with.

But let me also say this — you need to do what’s best for you. There is no right or…