The Learning Curve

Energize Your Writing with a Purposeful Writing Project

Several years ago I found my enjoyment of writing for magazines had faded. At that time, most of my writing revolved around my previous career as a small animal veterinarian, but writing about animal health issues had become boring and routine. Fortunately, I stumbled upon an idea that revitalized my love for writing. I invented a writing project, but not just any project. One of my favorite vet-related assignments had been to interview Bill Irwin and [...]

2019-09-18T00:19:04+00:000 Comments

For Indie Authors: Connecting MailerLite Forms to Your Optimize Press Landing Pages

I realize that most people who find their way to this blog are readers, but I suspect an occasional indie author finds their way here as well. So, this little tip is for you. Who knows, I may be starting a series of tips in the spirit of collaboration. So, the question asked on Nick Stephenson's First 10K Readers Facebook page was whether or not one could use MailerLite's email service with Optimize Press landing pages. [...]

2019-05-27T15:20:38+00:000 Comments

Debriefing the FreeForm Series Relaunch

The purpose of this blog post is to debrief the relaunch of the FreeForm science fiction thriller series. Let me start with a little background. This project began several months ago during which time I did a lot of prep work including: All new covers for all six books, (Designed by Victor Habbick. Thanks Victor.) New blurbs/book descriptions (written by Maxwell, aka dogpillow. Awesome job Max) A new prequel story entitled Freeform: Crash, Additional editing, and [...]

2019-05-15T14:32:07+00:000 Comments

Ellenore Loses Her Muse – Audio Samples

I love audiobooks. Just about everything I read these days has to have an audiobook format option available or, well, I just don't buy it. That's why I want all my own books made into audiobooks. I'm also interested in trying my hand at narrator my own books, starting with a few short stories. Here are two short samples from my recent Patreon exclusive Fantastic Fable: Ellenore Loses Her Muse. Which do you prefer? Please leave [...]

2018-02-13T15:44:37+00:001 Comment

My Top Tools & Resources for Writers for 2016

2015 was an exciting year for being an indie authorpreneur. I made great strides, had a lot of fun, and had more than my share of successes. But just like it takes a village to raise a child, success as an indie author takes more than one person. It also takes the help of other people and resources like the ones listed below. I'm not going to list the obvious ones like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or [...]

2016-02-13T11:59:52+00:001 Comment

Breaking the Board of NaNoWriMo

If you've not heard about NaNoWriMo...well, what rock have you been living under? I mean, here's what it is. It's National Novel Writing Month where some 300,000 writers go for NaNo gold which is to write a 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of November. I'm participating for the third year in a row and I just reached the 50K goal with 13 days left working on book two of the Seeds of a New Birth series. [...]

2014-11-17T21:28:25+00:000 Comments

Sleep Your Way to Your Next Bestseller

It seems to me that all artists including painters, sculptors, and especially writers have a fascination of how to tap into the creative energy that is often referred to as the Muse. (Actually, there's not one but nine different Muses who are, according to Wikipedia, "the personification of knowledge and the arts, especially literature, dance and music, are the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne.") In my most recent investigation in how best to tap into this creative energy, [...]

2014-10-27T08:26:38+00:000 Comments

My Favorite 1 Star Amazon Review

Like most authors reading a 'bad review' of a book that I've invested hundreds (or thousands) of hours writing can be...well painful, a little like having one's fingernails pulled out one by one. Sure, there are those who say that any review is a 'good review,' and at some level I agree with this...especially when they're not about one of my babies. However, I must admit to roaring with laughter when I read a 1-star review [...]

2014-10-13T09:15:51+00:000 Comments

How to Market Your Books on Goodread

I could write a really long and involved blog post about this topic or I could let Cynthia Shannon, Author Marketing Coordinator for Goodreads do it instead, and since she knows far more about it than I do at this point, I'll just simply share her great video on the subject. This will also free up a little time so I can implement some of the great suggestions Cynthia makes in the video. Just click on [...]

2014-09-28T15:07:37+00:000 Comments

Questions on Releasing a Book in Installments

Charles Dickens built his amazing career as a writer releasing his novels in serial forms. According to the Boz Project: Every one of Charles Dickens’s novels was published serially--that is, the novels appeared not all at once, but in parts or installments, over a space of time.  Publishing his novels in serial form expanded Dickens’s readership, as more people could afford to buy fiction on the installment plan; publishers, too, liked the idea, as it allowed [...]

2014-09-01T10:00:30+00:000 Comments