Category Archives: John’s blog

The last push: finding the creative gold in those moment when you would have quit

I am an avid runner. I used to run 5 times a week and have done a full marathon, and a half. I sprained my ankle 3 years ago, and during the year it took for that to heal, I … Continue reading

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Maintaining your writing discipline: staying focused in an age of distraction

Sometimes I feel like an odd duck. Ever since January 1st, I have not missed a day of writing. Every day, no matter what, I’ve set a 2-hour timer on my phone, using the Forest app, and I used that … Continue reading

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Finding you audience as a fiction author: taking steps to success as a self-publishing author

As I shared last week, and in my newsletter the previous week, I’ve put plans in motion to publish A Thousand Roads through my Dreamsphere Books imprint next fall, part of embracing the self-publishing process fully. While I’ll certainly be doing … Continue reading

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Branding your self-published production as an Indie author

Last week, I announced in my fan newsletter that I will be publishing A Thousand Roads as my debut epic fantasy novel on October 31st, 2018 in ebook (January 9th, 2019 for print). This was a pretty big moment for me, … Continue reading

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Time off and gaining perspective: reactive vs. action-driven work

Last fall I got in the habit of taking every seventh week off. Something about working hard for six weeks then resting on the seventh seems fitting for one who spends their time creating. On my week off, I turn … Continue reading

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The editorial cycle: proofreading, copyediting, and understanding the different kinds of editing steps

In my first installment for How to Edit A Book I covered what proofreading is and how it works. I also mentioned how proofreading is often confused with copyediting. Copyediting (also called copy editing or copy-editing, or ce for short) is the … Continue reading

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How to use twitter as an author to reach more readers: tips, etiquette & twitter marketing strategies

A few weeks ago, in this post on book marketing, I outlined the basics on how to build an effective engagement and outreach strategy as an Indie author. While Craig and I continue to work on the marketing follow up … Continue reading

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