13 Resources to Make Editing Your Novel Easier

As if learning the craft of writing a novel isn't difficult enough, after it's finished you'll need to edit it. If you're going to be traditionally published, you'll probably work with an editing staff to make your work marketable. But before it gets to that point, you have to get it past the slush pile … Continue reading 13 Resources to Make Editing Your Novel Easier

3 Ways to Get Free (Or Almost Free) Training

I've blogged about using a training budget before, but sometimes you may find your budget is hovering around $0. What do you do then? Spend time trolling through other author's blogs, especially those who offer eBooks (and other types of media) covering topics you're interested in, and prowling over social media networks. There are three … Continue reading 3 Ways to Get Free (Or Almost Free) Training

The Silent Character

As I worked on Apprentice Cat, I've began noticing something interesting.  In each scene there are the characters that are talking, acting, thinking or just hanging around, but they are there.  I point them out as being there.  Then there are characters who are there, but not there.  These are what I've come to call "silent … Continue reading The Silent Character

Blogging: Are You Wasting Your Time?

I don't think there is anyone who would disagree that blogging on a regular basis is a must, but why? What is your purpose for blogging? If it's to make money, then you'll need to check out Problogger, follow his guidelines, and use as many of the resources he has on his web site as … Continue reading Blogging: Are You Wasting Your Time?

Characters: Memorable Minors And Rounded Majors

As I was test driving the Storybook software I downloaded a while back, trying to decide if it will be as good a writing tool as Scrivener, I suddenly discovered that I have no idea what the difference is between a major and a minor character. They've all just been characters, with the exception of … Continue reading Characters: Memorable Minors And Rounded Majors

Avoiding Dragons With a Training Budget

How often have you overspent on a "deal" that was guaranteed to help increase your income, but left you broke instead? How many times have you lacked the funds necessary to buy that eBook that could teach you ways to improve your marketing strategy? If you're like most Independent Authors, myself included, the times for … Continue reading Avoiding Dragons With a Training Budget

A Fool And Her Money

The saying goes, "A fool and his money are soon parted." I've lived that saying for a long time, unfortunately, so when I saw The Money Book by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese I wondered what sage (unusable) advice I would find between the covers. I wondered if it was going to be another Rich Dad, … Continue reading A Fool And Her Money