What Cupid Teaches Us About Love

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day. My husband and I don’t exchange Valentine’s gifts or plan an evening out, and I think I might be a bit miffed if he bought me a box of overpriced chocolates or a marked-up bouquet of flowers that he could get for half(…)

Creating An Author Business Plan: Setting Your Goals

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In my last post, I announced that I was going to start a series helping busy authors write their author business plans. I’m excited to be back now, facing 2015, and diving in. The first section of your author business plan is your Author Business Plan Summary. Because it actually contains(…)

Using Your Personality Type to Make You a Better Writer

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) The beginning of the year is a practical time to look back and learn from the year that has finished and to set goals for what we’d like to accomplish in the coming year. It’s easy to remember to do it now rather than at some other arbitrary time. This year,(…)

Behind the Scenes: Sara Litchfield and How Genetically-Engineered Triplets Became Night Butterflies

Welcome to 2015! I’m excited to be able to start the new year with a guest post from dystopian author Sara Litchfield. Sara and I share the belief in the power and importance of hope, one of the main themes in her debut novel, and when I read her book, I was impressed by how(…)

Why and How to Copyright Your Self-Published Book

Please welcome back special guest poster Kathryn Goldman. If you haven’t already grabbed a copy of her free Digital Artists Rip-Off Protection Report, make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to get this extremely helpful resource! ********************************************************************************************************************* Why and How to Copyright Your Self-Published Book By Kathryn Goldman The mantra chanted by people(…)

Sometimes Truth Is Stranger than Fantasy

You’ve likely heard the saying before that truth is stranger than fiction. Today my special guest poster, mystery author Kassandra Lamb, is putting her own spin on that saying to tell you why she thinks truth can be stranger than fantasy. She’s going to let us into the minds and motivations of serial killers. First(…)

Interstellar: How Much Would You Sacrifice to Save Humanity?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Every time I hear a story of someone who died to spare the life of another—a first responder, a parent in place of a child, a soldier who took a bullet for a comrade—I wonder whether I would have done the same. I like to think I’d be altruistic if it(…)

The 12 Best Hashtags for Writers

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Hashtags are one of the best things about Twitter. (In case you’re brand new to Twitter, a hashtag is the # sign followed by a term.) Normally, your tweets are seen only by people who’re following you, but if you add a hashtag, everyone who’s watching that hashtag sees what you’ve(…)

How Authors Can Work Together to Achieve Success

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) The perception of self-publishing is that you’re working alone. And you are, but it doesn’t have to be that way all the time. In fact, I believe the future of successful self-publishing is in working together as allies with other authors rather than viewing them as your competition. Before I dive(…)

Deep POV – Using Your Pain to Become a Better Writer

I have another special guest post for you today. This time my good friend and writing partner Lisa Hall-Wilson is here to talk to you about deep POV and how you can channel your pain into becoming a better writer. In case you don’t know Lisa, let me introduce you a little bit. Lisa is(…)