Finding the Right Readers: A Cyber Monday Reflection

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Hello everyone! It’s Cyber Monday and I’m thinking about book marketing (as usual). Writing is a business, and one of the most important steps when building a business is defining the customer base. Some folks call this the marketing niche, and it’s important because if you try to please everyone, you could end up pleasing no […]

Making Hard Choices

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Whether we’re making decisions about our fictional stories (my writer readers) or our real life stories (all my readers), the tougher the choice, the tougher it can be to make. That’s because when choices have a similar number of pros and cons, we tend to ponder them longer. I’ve been on the cusp of making […]

Using Social Proof to Sell Books

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The problem with book marketing isn’t a dearth of ideas. Spend a few minutes searching the web for book marketing tips and you’ll see plenty of authors, industry folks, and “marketing experts” offering up advice in blogs, books, webinars, and workshops. It’s no wonder I get messages from authors saying they feel “paralyzed” or “confused” about […]

September Update

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Hello everyone! I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support over the last several weeks. It’s been a wild ride getting the behemoth Kyanite Publishing engine off the ground but it’s starting to chug along and I couldn’t be prouder. In addition to moving into a new house and a new […]

Take Your Time

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Time is Precious. My father died suddenly in December 2017 and I was shocked and heartbroken. I thought his best years were still ahead of him. I remember sitting in my sister’s living room after we found out, alternating between waves of grief and, as the night wore on, exhaustion. Two thoughts kept coming into […]

Playing the Villain

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As a writer, I know a lot about villains and the most important thing is they’re not limited to one type. There’s a whole spectrum of villainous personalities and motivations in fiction, and they often differ radically from one another. Some are predictable, or intensely focused on one thing (Voldemort in the Harry Potter series). Some […]

The Mountains

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I’m not usually one to drop a blog post with a vague title, but here I am, doing it with a smile. “You are not the mountain climber, you are the mountains,” is my own way of sharing something my dad used to say to my sisters and me: “Be the river.” In short, he […]

Announcing: Kyanite Publishing & New Book “What They Deserve”

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I have never been more excited to sit down and write an update in my entire life. Today, July 11th, 2018, I am so proud to announce the formation of Kyanite Publishing LLC alongside my partners, B.K. Bass and Sophia LeRoux. Kyanite is an author-owned, independent publisher of speculative fiction and horror seeking to connect […]

You Are Not An Imposter: Sunday Brunch Club Post

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Sunday Brunch Club For this edition of Sunday Brunch Club, a new blog series where I’ll explore popular terms in the writing zeitgeist and attempt to connect writers, creators, and professionals with like-minded friends, I’ll be covering imposter syndrome. Chances are, you’ve heard of it. The term was coined in the 70s and now thousands […]