Quick-Tip Tuesday: Deadlines!

As the year winds down, and I start considering all the work I need to get done in the next few weeks, my mind naturally turns to the topic of deadlines. Deadlines are one of the harsh realities of life as a professional writer. We are always working under one deadline or another; often we face several at once, some of them external, some of them self-imposed. I am looking at four looming deadlines right now, one that I established myself, one that is contractual, one for a short story that I promised to a friend [waves at Misty], and another for an anthology to which I’d like to submit another story.

Writing to deadline is something pros do. Ask any writer what he or she feels is a defining characteristic of a professional writer and s/he is bound to mention hitting deadlines. If we can’t hand in work on […]

Continue reading Quick-Tip Tuesday: Deadlines!

Making Money Mondays — a Day Late and a Dollar Investment

Yes, I know it isn’t Monday, but Misty kindly announced the *Big News* yesterday and that gave me another day to put this together. That news? The e-anthology TRIALS, to be followed soon by TRIBULATIONS, went up for pre-order on Monday.

Making money means an investment — in time, creativity, sweat equity, and sometimes an outlay of money. To invest money in the book/e-book market, you have to have a clear goal(s) in mind, a plan for recouping the outlay, the ability to put it all together, and a way to advertise. You also need the right people (writers, editors, publisher, PR person). All this has been covered by others in previous *How to Anthology* posts, so I am avoiding going over well-trod ground. Instead, I want to tell a little about my decision making process for these anthologies — the answers to why I did all this.

The Rogue […]

Continue reading Making Money Mondays — a Day Late and a Dollar Investment

Today Is Making Money Monday and … I Just Can’t

But I have to. Right? It’s what writers do. No matter what happens we find a way to be creative or edit or push through. It’s what I’ve always done. Writing is my crutch and my pillow and my dreamland and my advisor and my priest/nurse/psychiatrist, and pretty much my everything.

But this month has been hard and I am rethinking a lot of things. A lot of me. Of my life and my choices.

On Oct 11, my dad went in to Hospice for respite—meaning that he had five days of full time care so my stepmom could get some rest from the 24/7 care has to give alone. My brother is deathly allergic to cats and never could sit with dad, and I work too much, like 16 hours day, 7 days a week, for the last 30 years. Why such long hours? Making Money Everyday, saving lives […]

Continue reading Today Is Making Money Monday and … I Just Can’t

Making Money Mondays – Self-Publishing – KDP Select Report

Man in Black

Hello to the future! Thanks to the scheduling feature on WordPress I’m able to write this post on Wednesday and have it post on Monday, because I’ll be at Dragon Con Monday rushing from panel to panel and will not be able to make a blog post. So hello, future friends!

This week we’re going to talk about something very specific to self-published or very small press authors – KDP Select (or Kindle Unlimited). For the purposes of this program, many small presses are treated just like self-published authors, so we’ll refer to them all the same way. Larger presses have different levels of access and different ways of dealing with Amazon, but that’s a little more about how the sausage gets made than anyone actually wants to know. Also understand that nothing I’m going to talk about includes my Black Knight Chronicles series, we’re only talking about my self-published/Falstaff […]

Continue reading Making Money Mondays – Self-Publishing – KDP Select Report

Making Money Mondays and Uncle Sam

Top Ten Tax Tips

Do all or some, but always number one and number two. And for all you giggling 8 year olds … yes I said number one and number two.

Save every meal receipt (if it pertains to writing) for every meal at every event, every con, and on the road before and in between and after. On receipt document date, time, total, and who you were with. A lot of receipt ink no longer lasts. Faded receipts are useless. If you count off your clothing as a tax deduction, make sure the clothing is worn only at what counts as work. Con costumes, con clothing, con shoes, have their own place in the closet. If I use it in everyday life, it doesn’t go in Con clothes and I don’t count it off. Count gas or mileage. Keep receipts (ditto on ink problems) or good records. If […]

Continue reading Making Money Mondays and Uncle Sam

Stronger Together

Publishing is a rough business, even when writing is what you love. That’s why it’s so important for authors to reach out to other authors, and to support, encourage, nurture, mentor, boost and make friends with each other. It’s a weird way to make a living, and we’re the only ones who really understand what it’s like to deal with all those voices in our heads that become characters, so we need to stick together.

Making writer friends is good for sanity. We all have rough days, and this is a solitary way to make a living. It helps to be able to talk about the business and the life with other people who get it.

Writer friends are good for business. When we recommend each other, signal boost on social media, refer each other to resources, cover tables at cons for one another and hang out talking shop at […]

Continue reading Stronger Together

Making Money. Giving Up. Not Both.

Making money in the business of writing is hard.

Every writer learns that at some point, even New York Times Bestselling writers learn it when a book or a new series tanks, when a beloved editor is canned, or when a cover stinks, when a line of books is ended, or a company folds. The disappointment is boundless, the resulting depression can be dark and deep as an ocean. We all know that.

But success can be found (even if it was lost ). Money can be made, at any level, with perseverance and determination and creativity. It can’t be done if you give up. There’s that.

Many of you know my story.

Fifteen years with only 1 (ONE) short story sale. SO MANY REJECTIONS. HUNDREDS OF REJECTIONS. Yes hundreds. Just one positive note in 15 years. Think about that. 15 years to find the dream. Then —

Two book […]

Continue reading Making Money. Giving Up. Not Both.