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10 Steps to Making a Living as a Self-Published Fiction Author – Part Two

10 Steps to Making a Living as a Self-Published Fiction Author – Part Two

Making a living as a self-published author is more possible now than ever, but there are plenty of hazards to avoid and time-tested tips for success.

StoryShop Review and Tutorial by Lulu

StoryShop Review and Tutorial by Lulu

We take a look at StoryShop with this review of its word processor, planner, & world-builder. Its paid and free versions help structure deep world content.

Peaceful, Beautiful Writing Inspiration Playlist

Peaceful, Beautiful Writing Inspiration Playlist

I See a Calm, Blue Ocean… A Playlist by DMB I’m like, so relaxed and inspired right now. These songs are for when you need the cacophony of the outside world to shut the hell up so you can write some beautiful, sensitive $&*#! Some moments in our fiction are so delicate they require gentle…

Show vs Tell: Active vs Passive

Show vs Tell: Active vs Passive

Regardless of your chosen genre, intended audience, or personal author’s voice, you should always be trying to write clear, concise, beautiful sentences. One way to do this is to make sure you’re writing in the active voice. There is a time and place to use the passive voice, and we’ll talk about that a little…

Loyalty Vs. Friction

Loyalty Vs. Friction

For nearly one hundred years, marketing efforts have increasingly been based on friction tactics. The practice of interrupting the consumer experience with advertising intensified via radio and then television. Friction-based marketing has come to a head with the emergence of the world wide web. Clunky banner ads have mostly given way to targeted advertising via…

10 Steps to Making a Living as a Self-Published Fiction Author – Part One

10 Steps to Making a Living as a Self-Published Fiction Author – Part One

You want to make a living as an author.  It’s an alluring idea, the notion that you could spin straw into gold by turning dreams into stories and stories into assets that pay out on repeat, and for the rest of your life.  No publisher telling you what you can or cannot write, or what…

Epic High Seas Writing Playlist

Epic High Seas Writing Playlist

Fire in the Hole! Playlist by DMB A Playlist for when you just gotta set sail. This soundtrack is for those days when you just gotta set sail upon the high seas. So batten down the hatches and keep your powder dry, Matey! Arrrrr, there be dragons to slay! Most of these songs are classical…

A Story Solution Bonus: The Story Jacket

A Story Solution Bonus: The Story Jacket

Enter: The StoryJacket.   After the hook and a rough sketch of characters and plot, but before the outline goes too far, we always go through the process of getting what we call a StoryJacket on that outline. This is a full developmental edit of the narrative we’re planning to tell — the kind of edit…

Show vs Tell: Five Senses

Show vs Tell: Five Senses

Including detailed sensory descriptions can help breathe life into your prose. The right details can add color to the page. They can create soundscapes, scents, textures, and atmosphere. But to be effective, your sensory details shouldn’t feel telegraphed, overblown, or random. You want to choose details which not only cause images, sounds, smells, etc. to…

Access to Your Audience is an Asset

Access to Your Audience is an Asset

This post is the continuation of last week’s post, so we’ll simply pick up where we left off! The Established Alternatives to Amazon Exclusivity Now for the big dog alternatives to Amazon. The main players for ebook retail distribution are Kobo, iBooks, and Barnes Noble (…knock on wood…). Of these three, Kobo has the richest…