Something’s Up with Where the Crawdads Sing | How a Book Sold Millions of Copies

When a book spends 124 weeks on the bestseller list and sells an estimated 7 million copies in two years, you gotta wonder what sets it apart from other books. A big marketing push can send a novel to the top for a week, and when Oprah or Reece Witherspoon select it for their book … Continue reading Something’s Up with Where the Crawdads Sing | How a Book Sold Millions of Copies

How to Have an Imagination | Writing Tips ‘n’ Tricks Volume 3139

Have you walked face-first into a wall lately? Not heard a single word your partner said? Suddenly realized an hour has gone by and you’ve done nothing but sat there smirking or crying or staring at the carpet? This isn’t a writing tips ‘n’ tricks post. Well, maybe it’s a trick since the title is … Continue reading How to Have an Imagination | Writing Tips ‘n’ Tricks Volume 3139

Self-Publishing Series Part One | Preparing for Book Launch

This is the first in a series of posts in which WB Welch and I will be chronicling our self-publishing journey for our upcoming post-apocalyptic trilogy The Last Zombie Series. The purpose of this post is to show other self-published authors exactly what we’re doing to prepare for our book launch, our efforts to build … Continue reading Self-Publishing Series Part One | Preparing for Book Launch

Children’s Book Christmas Gift Recommendation | THE DREAMER by Micah Chaim Thomas

If you're looking for a children's book to gift to a little one for Christmas, I recommend The Dreamer by Micah Chaim Thomas. With beautiful illustrations to accompany its poem, The Dreamer will take your child on a sleepy adventure through a dream that evolves from page to page as they imagine being a frog, … Continue reading Children’s Book Christmas Gift Recommendation | THE DREAMER by Micah Chaim Thomas

Looking for Story Inspiration and Overcoming Writer’s Block

The ever-elusive story idea. What’s gonna hit? What’s worth exploring? For some, story ideas flow like a never-ending stream, while for others, new ideas are as hard to come by as toilet paper in a pandemic. I’ve occasionally found myself on both sides of this coin and am here to share some tips on how … Continue reading Looking for Story Inspiration and Overcoming Writer’s Block

PitMad Tips and Strategies | Twitter Pitch Events

With the last PitMad of 2020 coming up on December 3rd, I thought I’d share my latest tips, tricks, strategies, magic spells, and general thoughts on how to get results for this and other Twitter pitch events--and things you can take away from PitMad even if you don’t get that coveted agent like. [Want to … Continue reading PitMad Tips and Strategies | Twitter Pitch Events

A Penguin Eats a Boy Named Simon | Also, Free Stuff

Well, it looks like the Big Five might soon be the Big Four. I woke up to the not-so-awesome news that I’m sure you’ve heard about already: Penguin Random House is slated to acquire Simon & Schuster. Rather, its parent company Bertelsmann, which bought S&S for $2.2 billion. As far as I know, there's no … Continue reading A Penguin Eats a Boy Named Simon | Also, Free Stuff

2021 Market Trends in Book Publishing | My Unqualified Speculation

IT GOES without saying that this has been a tumultuous, tragic, and terrifying year, and to writers hoping for a publishing contract, or book lovers looking for their ravenous thirst to be quenched, it begs the question: What will publishing trends look like in 2021? Will it be a year of rom-coms, slapstick comedy, and … Continue reading 2021 Market Trends in Book Publishing | My Unqualified Speculation

It’s a Small World Till a Loved One is Murdered | Guest Post by Kyle Anthony

In dark inner city basements. In sinkholes and caves and shallow graves. In ditches, riverbends, lakes, and streams.  In fifty-five-gallon drums filled with concrete. In ashes. All over the world, perhaps not far from where you sit reading, bones lie undiscovered. Searches have long been called off, the grieving mostly—if not completely—forgotten. Mothers, fathers, wives, … Continue reading It’s a Small World Till a Loved One is Murdered | Guest Post by Kyle Anthony