New IndieReader Article: A to Zine, YOU

I've got a new column on IndieReader! After my last article about zines, I started sending out for some. Now you'll see some occasional zine reviews from me. Here's an excerpt from first one, "A to Zine: YOU." After getting a crash course in the world of zines, I ended up delving deeper and sent away for …

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#GrammoWriMo: The Largest Group of Authors to Collaborate on a Novel

NaNoWriMo is coming up, and for those who don't know, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. During the month of November, writers pledge to write at least 50,000 words. I've done it in the past, and it feels great to finish! This year, Grammarly is participating in NaNoWriMo, but with a twist. They're launching project #GrammoWriMo, which aims …

New Ways to Write

When you write, you don't always write books. There are many forms of content available, including blogs, research papers, white papers, short stories, articles, poems, flash fiction, and more. Recently I wrote a post about "New Ways to Read," but now I'd like to focus on all the tools and sites out there that make …

Using Scrivener to Write a Novel

September was a crazy month! I decided a few months ago to write and enter a novel in Quirk Books "Looking for Love" contest, and I ended up writing a love story about two atoms that spend eternity together. The research took me a long time, so I ended up basically doing NaNoWriMo two months early, just barely finishing …

Book Country’s Public Launch

I've blogged about Book Country before, when they first launched and were in beta. But recently the site got a make-over, and now it looks slicker and has a few more features. First, the website now has better navigation. Once you log in, all the main features of the site are easy to find: read and review …

A Maya Thriller

Some of you probably already know, but I'm working on my first novella! It's a thriller about the Maya Calendar, and I'd appreciate anyone who can check it out (also, following my link will lead you to an AMAZING video with dinosaur puppets. Ok, maybe not amazing, but definitely entertaining!) Click here to see it. …

Other Self-Publishing Tips

Self-publishing can be a challenge. To do it successfully, you basically run the business of you. Below are some additional things, aside from the writing, editing, marketing, and conversion, to keep in mind. Self-Publish Writers Group If you're struggling, or even if you're not, join a self-publishing support group. This can be an online forum, …

Writing Sex

I'm taking an online class, via UCLA Extension, called Writing Sex. It's interesting. So far, I've learned that good sex writing revolves around good character development, and bad sex writing relies too much on cliches and the actual sex act. Does sex writing matter? Well, yes. Just like any other type of writing, it is …