• Encouragment

    Wisdom from Neil Gaiman: A Note of Encouragement

    This is one of my favorite quote/memes that I see floating around the web-i-sphere. Why do I like it so much? Because of the many layers of truth that there is to it. What I find very encouraging about it is the comparison that Gaimon makes. Being an adult is hard, but usually not all that rewarding. Writing, and self-publishing, are also hard. Sometimes we don’t get the money we hoped, or the fans we thought we would get. Our work is not always well received. It’s still worth it. For me, the act of writing, and work of self-publishing are reward enough for me. Of course, we all want to have…

  • Encouragment

    The Best Writing Advice I’ve Read: A Note of Encouragement

    There is a lot of writing advice out there. Some of it is good, some of it is bad. And every once in a while I find something that is a gem. While I was researching inspiration for my “A Note of Encouragement” series, I stumbled upon an article by Jeff Elkins on TheWritePractice.com. And it was unlike any other writing advice I had ever heard before. I meant to just skim the article and file it away to be read in detail later. But I finished the whole thing. When I was finished, I took a deep breath and said to myself: I can do this. You can do…

  • Self Publishing

    DIY Self Publishing

    Have you ever written a book? Bled words onto the page, crafted and sculpted until your story was perfect. That is amazing. Just writing a novel is a mountain of an accomplishment. But then comes the question of what to do with that book that you have invested so much of your time and talent in. Getting an agent is hard. Selling a novel to a publisher is hard. Marketing your book to make sure it sells is hard. Is self-publishing hard? I hear a lot of people say so. But I don’t really agree. In college, I had a professor that was always pushing us to find the best,…

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