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My Top 6 Writing, Publishing and Marketing Posts of 2019

My Top 6 Writing, Publishing and Marketing Posts of 2019

Happy New Year! I hope you had an awesome 2019 for writing and selling books. I had some concrete goals: To publish five books. To sell 10,000 books, ten times more than in 2018. Here’s how I did: I published four full length books and one shorter book. I also published two box sets. I […]

Writing with an injury

Writing with an injury

So this week I was going to post another 20books Vegas update. Failing that, maybe a marketing post. Or something festive. But events have overtaken me. I’ve injured a tendon in my upper right arm. I’m not entirely sure how I did it, but I imagine it was a combination of typing about 120k words […]

20Books Vegas, baby!

20Books Vegas, baby!

It’s a quick update this week as I’m traveling: specifically, I’m on my way home from the 20Books Las Vegas conference, the biggest get together of indie authors in the world. It took place over three days but I decided to spend longer in Vegas because, well, why not? Right now I’m looking out at […]

Why You Need the Perfect Book Blurb – and How to Write it

Why You Need the Perfect Book Blurb – and How to Write it

Welcome back to my occasional series on marketing your book. In this series, I hope to help you find your way through the mass of information on book marketing and find a route through that works for you. I don’t claim to be a book marketing expert, but as someone who’s been doing this for […]

Being a Productive Writer and Winning NaNoWriMo – Tools That Can Help

Being a Productive Writer and Winning NaNoWriMo – Tools That Can Help

It’s that time of year! No, not Hallowe’en. Not Bonfire Night. Not the run-up to Thanksgiving, or even Christmas. It’s October. Which means writers all over the world are getting ready for NaNoWriMo. If you haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo, it’s an initiative designed to encourage people to write a novel (or more accurately, to write […]

The Power of ‘You’

The Power of ‘You’

‘You’ is one of the most powerful words in the English language. Here’s why you should be using it.