Is ‘Release Day’ an Outdated Term for Self-Published Books?

I am planning the release of my first book at the end of the month and I have a problem — I don’t have a burning desire to email everyone I’ve ever met, Tweet 24-7 about my “GREAT DEAL! ON AMAZON! CHEEP!”, or prime my fans to buy it on day one or else, I’llContinue reading “Is ‘Release Day’ an Outdated Term for Self-Published Books?”

Welcome to September — Start Your Engines

Awesome author Catherine Ryan Howard (who you should be following) said, “But what I really love about September is that it’s a fresh start, a perfect little package of time between now and New Year’s Eve in which you have every chance of achieving your goals and sauntering smugly into 2014 with a smile on your face.Continue reading “Welcome to September — Start Your Engines”

Warning! You are Living in the Pop Culture Moment of Your Dreams

I just realized this year that we are living in the kind of time and place we are going to annoy those younger than us about for the rest of our lives. Now, I know summer movies haven’t been that great.  I almost didn’t write this because of that.  But, I believe the ups areContinue reading “Warning! You are Living in the Pop Culture Moment of Your Dreams”

Bumbling Toward Greatness

If you have been trying to change your life, to start a new habit, health regiment, or novel — and it’s all been going to shit — take heart. If your loan application was turned down, your long-term steady left you after you started talking marriage and kids, or if your amazing new group attractedContinue reading “Bumbling Toward Greatness”

Ten Ways to Improve One Sentence

Warning: insane writers only need apply. “They brought him no sweet lullabies, indeed, the heavy air of the stifling little room sang only with the slight ringing of ghost trumpets, each calling him toward an inescapable future.” — Averil, pondering a sword and a gift from a magical being, in Other Gods Okay — IContinue reading “Ten Ways to Improve One Sentence”

What Has Made Your Life Worth Living?

I am faced with this question as I move to complete ‘How to Come Alive: A Guide to Achieving Your Dreams in Life’.  It’s a short book, but long on ideas.  Basically, it’s the 25 things that I contribute most to my success so far upon planet Earth.  And it made me wonder — WhatContinue reading “What Has Made Your Life Worth Living?”

The Super Secret, #1 Tip for Greatness: Action

Graphic by the great Austin Kleon That it.  Just one word, one idea.  No long list, no thirty-seven bullet points, just — this: THE SECRET TO GREATNESS Action. I’ve been trying a lot of things this year, but in the end it has all led to this moment.  This typing, this game plan to livingContinue reading “The Super Secret, #1 Tip for Greatness: Action”

How Often Should You Publish a Book?

Or perhaps the real question is, how often should you self publish a book?  If you’re like me, you use to think of book releases as these nebulous, once-in-a-blue-moon happenings (when the stars aligned and the book publishers were feeling frisky).  But now, if you’re a self published author, you are only constrained by how fastContinue reading “How Often Should You Publish a Book?”

The Novelist’s To-Do List for Greatness

Today I finished the first draft of my third novel, ‘Fall Street’ (claps on the back, applause, and confetti here).  Now, the more times I do this the easier it gets, but I still remember being a nervous newbie who couldn’t imagine writing a whole book.   So with that in mind, here’s my very simpleContinue reading “The Novelist’s To-Do List for Greatness”

I Dare YOU to Walk the Goat Trail of Life

We’ve lost something, left something, along the old goat trails.  Allow me to explain — I am sitting here in a Starbucks, writing on my netbook, listening on my Beats Tour headphones to Giselle, act II no.15, Pas De Deux (I don’t usually listen to classical music but it seemed conducive to writing) — inContinue reading “I Dare YOU to Walk the Goat Trail of Life”