Category Archives: Self publishing

10 secrets to success I learned during 10 years of publishing #publishinghacks #indieauthor

In July, I celebrated my tenth anniversary as a published author. Ten years ago I signed my first publishing contract. Since then, I’ve published 40 titles, switched from traditional publishing to indie, changed genres, and hit the USA Today bestseller … Continue reading

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Thought-provoking motivational advice from an unlikely source…#motivation #success #inspiration

Recently I ran across a homily that resonated with me. It was this: “If you can’t do anything about it, then it’s not a problem. It’s a circumstance. Deal with problems, and the circumstances may or may not change.” Not … Continue reading

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Help me pick a book title!

A previously released book is getting a makeover. It’s getting a new ending, a new cover, new blurb, and new title. I’m having trouble deciding on a title. The book is a paranormal science fiction fantasy romance. Just knowing that, … Continue reading

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2018 in review: a year in which strategy & planning paid off…

The bottom line: 2018 was a record-setting book sales year for me. I had my best sales year and single best pie-in-the sky month, hitting goals that once had seemed impossible. I had set a focused strategy, followed the plan, … Continue reading

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What authors can learn about publishing from real estate…#publishing #Indieauthor #writetip #pubtip

While watching my favorite real estate shows on HGTV, I had an epiphany…the book business is a lot like real estate. Using real estate as a metaphor illuminates why some books sell and others don’t—and/or what you can do to … Continue reading

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Just ducky! A serendipitous gift…

My husband surprised me with a gift—a glass duck because he said he knows I like ducks (I do.). I never mentioned it to him, but I’d been looking for a duck figurine for my office desk as a reminder … Continue reading

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11 things you need to know about being an indie author #indieauthors #publishing

If you’re an indie author/publisher, you are a small business. Maybe a really small business of one, but still a business. In a recent USA Today article, Rhonda Abrams outlined 11 secrets of success for small businesses. Abrams is a … Continue reading

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Bracing for a whirlwind 2018, what I expect this year…

As I write this, I am sitting in the calm before the storm.  2018 is showing every indication of being a category 5 hurricane. I had high hopes this year of writing/publishing only four, maybe five books. You know, cutting … Continue reading

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2017 in review: a surprising renaissance year…my best ever….

The year in review blog is my annual report to myself. Compiling and analyzing the data give me insight and direction to move forward. 2017 was a pivotal year for me. It was a surprisingly great year. I’m calling 2017 … Continue reading

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What I learned in 2017 part 3: follow the crowd…except when you don’t

“Minding your own business” is bad advice when it comes to publishing. You can learn a lot by keeping tabs on your fellow authors. You’ll find out what genres and tropes are hot, what kinds of book covers are trending, … Continue reading

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