Category: Publishing Tips & Topics

Productivity & Time Management, Publishing Tips & Topics, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Don’t Do What’s Right. Do What’s Right for You.

What's Right

There’s a lot of writing/publishing/marketing advice out there. (Including what I post here so, yeah, I’m contributing to the problem.) And every site, book, guru, and column purports to know the “right” things that you “must do” in order to succeed as a novelist, freelancer, or non-fiction author. “Oh, you must have a newsletter.” “You …

Publishing Tips & Topics, Writing Tips & Career Advice

What Basketball and Publishing Have In Common

Basketball hoop

As I was watching all the conference basketball tournaments this week (and getting no work done because… Basketball!!), I was suddenly struck by a similarity between college basketball and publishing. This revelation occurred when I was watching some of the smaller conference tournaments. You know, the conferences that only get one bid to the NCAA …

Marketing & Platform Building, Publishing Tips & Topics, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Crab Mentality and Writers

Crab Mentality

Long ago, when I studied psychology in school, we learned about behavior called “Crab Mentality.” The gist is this: A bunch of crabs are in a bucket, trap, or stew pot. They could easily escape by working together (and every now and then one manages it, even without help). They’re pretty smart and agile and have …

Marketing & Platform Building, Productivity & Time Management, Publishing Tips & Topics, Writing Tips & Career Advice

It’s The Writing That’s Important, Stupid!

Writing is more important than other things

One of the biggest challenges I’m facing as a published author is actually writing. It sounds stupid, I know. You think that once you’re published, some of the stress is off your back and writing becomes freer and easier, not more constricted. I’ve found the opposite to be true. Publication brings a whole new set …

Publishing Tips & Topics, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Writing is a Craft, Publishing is a Circus

Circus Tent

I wish I could remember where I read this quote but, alas, it is lost to me. Even a Google search couldn’t help me. Just know that I didn’t say, “Writing is a craft, publishing is a circus,” and I apologize to whomever did say it that I cannot credit you. Anyway, while I might …