7 Things You Need to Self-Publish, and 7 You Don’t

Self-publishing is a difficult thing to get right; treating it like traditional publishing adds unnecessary and costly steps to the process. You’re putting yourself out there in the world — a risky proposition already — don’t make it harder than it needs to be. When I put my first bestseller — a roleplaying game book — on the market, I began with a Kickstarter to raise funds. RPG books require a lot of art, so I needed the upfront funds to get the project going. Unfortunately, I didn’t

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Your Dreams Won’t Last Forever

What do you want to do when you grow up? That was the question that sparked the passions of a younger you, and probably lead to where you are now. But as dreams, needs, and markets change, the chances are higher that you won’t be chasing the same dream ten years from now. With 21% of millennials saying they’ve switched jobs in the last year, we should consider changing the question from “what do you want to do when you

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Don’t Slow Your Writing Momentum By Blogging

You’ve heard it before. “You need to communicate with your readers.” “Carve out your spot on the internet.” “Fans need to know where to find you.” “The best time to start blogging was ten years ago; the second-best time is now.” They’re all right, of course — except that last one…sometimes. Author websites can be an essential part of your online presence. And if you’re going to peddle fiction for a living, readers do need to be able to find you, but

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The Most Critical Element of a Novel–Your Story is Not It

You’ve spent weeks getting your characters to pop on the page just the way you want them to. Your structure is sound. It’s a damned good novel! But when you release it to digital storefronts, you end up with disappointing sales. Nothing feels worse than pouring your soul into your work only to have it fall flat. And the thing is, it would have entertained a lot of people, if only they had gotten the opportunity to read it. I

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The Effect of School Closures on My Writing Routine

When the talking heads on the news began arguing about whether or not schools should reopen, I was firmly in the camp that they shouldn’t. I live with a member of a vulnerable population, and I don’t want one of my children to bring COVID-19 home from school. I didn’t expect the many changes it would have on my career and home life. My routine The most significant change has been expediting my exit from a full-time job. I used

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You Don’t Need Permission to Be Successful

Many people believe that politicians, celebrities, and CEOs keep them from achieving their dreams. The reality is that none of them would have power if someone didn’t give it to them. You know who’s really in control, who absolutely has the power to block you? Gatekeepers — the ones who allow access to power and influence in the first place. Or, at least, they used to. Here’s a little secret: we don’t need gatekeepers anymore. I don’t. You don’t. What you need

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How to Make a Business Plan That Works

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You want to make a living on your own terms. That’s why you’re planning on starting a business, right? As the author of several dozen business plans, two of which have worked out, I can tell you that you’re probably too focused on the wrong thing: money. The paradox is that you want to start the business to replace your income or to monetize one of your passions, but thinking about money at the outset is what will sink your

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