Showing posts from May, 2017

The Minimalism Challenge

At work the other day, I was speaking with a coworker about the fact that I don't own a lot of jewelry because I don't know what to do with it. I'm not a sparkly kind of girl. I wear my wedding rings, my fitness tracker, and a necklace my daughter got me for Mother's Day. That's it. He suggested that perhaps people like it for the sake of having it. For the sole purpose of possessing it.

Now look, I'm a Taurus. I totally get wanting to own things for the sake of owning things. That's why my office is littered in Funko Pop Dolls and Harry Potter Action Figures. And that's why none of that shit is allowed out of the boxes. Those are my THINGS. I worked hard to make the money used to pay off the credit cards I charged that stuff on.

As I get older, and broker, I'm starting to realize what a mistake I've made. I seriously cannot fit another toy into this office. My shelves are double stacked to the point that I don't even get to see all of it a…

Revenge of the Reviews

So a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, no wait, it was this galaxy. Whatever. Two years ago I did a post about the importance of reviews. And today, I'm going to talk about it again.

Authors thrive on reviews. We live for them, and our sales sort of depend on them. If you have a favorite author, nothing would give them more happiness today than for you to stop by Amazon or Goodreads and leave them a review for a book that you loved. No. Really.

Think about this. When you're shopping, for anything really, but specifically books for the sake of this blog, aren't the reviews the first or at least second thing you look at? Unless that author is an insta-buy for you, it's unlikely that you would purchase a book with a one star or no star rating. Very few new authors have a cavalry of reviewers in their corner, lining up to praise them to the world. And with Amazon's new review rules, many of our die hard fans aren't able to leave reviews any more eith…

The slow death of an industry

Hello Rebel Alliance. Today, I am going to tackle the sticky conversation that people seem to want to avoid, but needs to be addressed.

The death of the traditional publishing industry.

Okay, okay, so it's not dying, per se, but it IS the end of the world as we knew it. For most of us authors, we grew up dreaming of a day when we'd finish a manuscript, find an agent and get a publishing deal...not even knowing where that road would lead. But now, we do know and we do not like it.

Finding an agent is hard. Hell, it can be damn near impossible. Most agents at this point require a referral to even get your manuscript read. So you need an agent to get an agent. What? Yeah. For a new author, this is an insanely daunting task.

Best case scenario, you get an agent. Yay! Congratulations. The agent will take your manuscript and tear it down, then build it back up. Often, the story you have submitted is not the story you receive back. The changes they "suggest" are actually r…