Write what you know, and what you don’t know

It's a known saying to "write what you know." And it's true, your very best writing will come from areas of your life that you're most familiar with. I've followed this advice in my own books - from writing about child loss and poverty in The Road to Hope,  to actual stories of my life … Continue reading Write what you know, and what you don’t know

The argument for hiring an editor

I remember when I first started writing for the newspaper. I was pretty green at it, and would turn in pieces I thought were flowing with ideas and beautiful language. My editor would look over my work and let go of a good 30% of what I had said by striking out redundant thoughts, simplifying … Continue reading The argument for hiring an editor

Should authors self-publish or seek a traditional publisher?

It is said that everyone has a book inside them just waiting to get out, and thanks to advances in self-publishing, getting that book out is easier now than ever. Authors who have previously experienced slammed doors from the gatekeepers (agents, editors, publishers, etc.) are skirting around these middlemen by going indie. By doing this, … Continue reading Should authors self-publish or seek a traditional publisher?

4 ways to take advantage of the media spotlight as an author

For an indie author, very little is sweeter than having someone else mention your book in a positive light. One of the favored ways for this to happen is for the media to catch wind of it, and then share the information with their readers. However, the media won't exactly "catch wind" of your book … Continue reading 4 ways to take advantage of the media spotlight as an author