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.

Drama.

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.

Professionalism.

Take…

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…

The Wild West of Publishing

Welcome to the Wild West of publishing, a land full of gunslingers and ranchers, farmers and rubes. That old money is around too, living on sprawling plantations, standing near the gates with a scowl as they clutch their shotguns, shouting Get off my land. They were the first, founded the towns, and their sense of ownership to that fact is fierce.

Indie publishing has grown, pushing the boundaries farther than we could have imagined, and new authors have spilled into the new land…

Writing hacks — working from home

“Work from home!” they said. “It’ll be amazing!” they said.
It’s the dream: braless, ugly bun, no makeup, pajama uniformed bliss. Wake up like Cinderella. Get your coffee. Sit down at your computer and create something brilliant. Every day.
Except it’s literally nothing like that.
More accurate: Wake up and shuffle into the kitchen for coffee. Sit down at your computer and chat with your friends, scroll through facebook, then BuzzFeed, and maybe answer emails. Maybe. All of a sudden, it’s noon,…

When all your dreams come true…

As I sit here on the Monday morning after releasing Chaser, I’m overcome with gratitude for everything that’s happened, thinking back over my journey to get to where I am.

Before I published With A Twist (my 9th title), I was working three jobs: waiting tables, graphic design, and writing. I have three young daughters and a husband. A house and a family. I loved writing so much, and my husband believed so deeply in me that he encouraged me…

Deleted Hardcore VAN scenes!

I wrote these little scenes when I was working through the end of Hardcore and needed to be in Van’s head, really understand what he’d been through. They’re unedited, so forgive me that, and spoilers are ahead, so if you haven’t read the story, you may want to pass this by!

The complete box set is available now, so get clickin’ if you haven’t already!

http://amzn.to/1B71IVS

 

VAN
I stood in the dark, the only light from the bulb shining on the negative, projecting…