10 Essential Books for Indie Authors

As indie authors, we have it pretty good. We get to write what we want, control each aspect of our publishing process, and decide how much time to devote to marketing and promotion. Want to write books as a hobby? Great! You can do it. Want to write books that will help you pay the …

How to Balance Real Life With Your Writing Goals

Have you ever really stopped to consider the question, “If you could be anything in the world, what would you be?” (Since first grade when you wanted to be a unicorn, I mean.) I spent the last few years asking myself that question a lot. Ever since I graduated, actually. It’s one thing to be …

How to Plan a Year of Blog Posts in One Day

I’m a planning junkie. I love organizing things, laying things out, and making simple yet effective plans for my blogging and writing projects. It’s satisfying to take something overwhelming and make it approachable. (The hardest part, in my opinion, is actually getting started once I’m done!) Blogging can be overwhelming, but you know what? You …

20 Beyond-True Quotes About Writing

Sometimes you just need a little bit of inspiration and motivation from fellow writers. So take a break, refill your cup, and enjoy these beyond-true quotes about writing. What’s your favorite quote about writing? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to pick up your FREE Social Media Cheat Sheet for Novelists …

How to Use Social Media Wisely as a Writer

You’re a writer, right? If you’re a human living in the twenty-first century, you’re probably also a social media user. (And if you’re not, then wow! I’m impressed.) This will show my age one way or the other, but I first started using social media in high school when MySpace was “the thing.” I pimped …

Skip the Slush Pile: The Case for Indie Publishing

This is a post I would have written somewhat reluctantly as little as a week ago. First, I’ll start with some trivia: I’ve been writing for literally longer than I can remember. My memory does not go back as far as I’ve been writing. According to my mom, I used to write and draw books …

How to Use Song Lyrics in Your Novel

Is it possible to legally use song lyrics in your novel? Yes. Is it easy to do? Well… This post contains affiliate links to help me keep my site up and running. For more information, you can read my disclosure policy here.  I came across this problem recently as I prepared to finalize and send …

25 No-Fail Gifts for Writers and Book Lovers

Are you one of those really good gift givers who always knows the perfect gift to get for each person in your life? Me either. I even put together detailed spreadsheets starting as early as August, but I never actually buy everything early, and I always go over budget. What IS that? (Besides annoying.) Anyway, …