A Wealth of Information for everything YOU NEED to know.

Ella Emerson

When I first started blogging I hate to admit it but I knew NOTHING about the blogging world. Seo? Backlinks? These words confused me, but over time I learned as I went. I just kept blogging and hoping people would read what I wrote. Most of my first blog posts were senseless chatter. But I kept at it.

Now although I still feel as though I don’t know much, I am branching out. I am trying new things and trying to market myself as an author, blogger, and ANYTHING that will help me quit my 9-5 job and stay home. Everyone wants to work from home, right? Well if you don’t then this posts may not be the best for you. Although, if you even use any type of online social media then you may want to pay attention.

I want to introduce you to a site I found. When…

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The Writing Process: Ana Maria Spagna

University of Washington Press Blog

reclaimers coverAna Maria Spagna is busy at work on her forthcoming book, Reclaimers, which the University of Washington Press will publish in Fall 2015. Spagna recently participated in a Writing Process Blog Tour and shared insights about her current project, work habits, writing influences, and more. We hope Spagna’s responses provide an opportunity to reflect on your own creative process and get you as excited about her forthcoming book as we are!

What are you working on?

AMS: I am working on a big sprawling book called Reclaimers that tells stories of people reclaiming things that have, in some way, been lost or stolen or damaged. Like sacred lands, wild rivers, and endangered species. Like culture and identity. The project dips into environmental history and cultural history, and includes a series of profiles: of three elders, two of them California Indians, of bureaucrats, activists, and fish biologists.

In this book…

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Guest Post by Alex Hurst: What Can Traditional Publishing Offer Authors?

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Alex Hurst

As you know, I’ve self-published some of my books, and published traditionally others. When I posted a (somewhat cheeky) infographic about Self-publishing vs. Traditional Publishing, my friend Alex Hurst pointed out that there’s lot more to be gained from following the traditional path than suggested by the post.

After she had made a few great arguments in the comments, I asked her to write up a guest post on the subject, as she had obviously put a lot of thought into the subject. She came up with the great post below. Enjoy!

3 Reasons to Go Traditional

These days, self-publishing is all the rage, and with the prominence of DIY publishers like Amazon, Smashwords, and Draft-2-Digital, it’s not hard to see why. Authors can take full control of the creative process, editing only what they want to, choosing (or making) a cover they feel presents their book faithfully, and distributing to whatever…

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Promoting Book 1, Writing Book 2 and A One Star Review

Writer Babble

Blank notepad over laptop and coffee cup on office wooden table

Okay to start with I’m still having an awesome time floating around the sea of self publishing. It’s a wonderful place to be but has it’s ups and down like everything else we do in life.

First to promoting book 1. I’ve found some really good places to promote The Vanishing. Bknights, who came to me as a recommendation from other writers was great. The result was nice and again were a very easy place to do business with. Pixelscroll were just okay. I sold some but not a lot for the price I paid for them.
Overall though the book has been within the top 20 and top 50 in it’s categories which I’ve been incredibly happy about. The enigmatic Amazon algorithms Gods have picked it up and advertising it here and there.
I also did an Author interview with R J Madigan over on her blog. If you…

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One Indie Author’s Debut Year Income

Jessi Gage...A Time to Love

The Numbers Are In!

About a year ago, I compared royalties for traditional versus indie publishing in a blog post. I had a unique perspective to offer since I did this comparison for the SAME book and close to the same month of different years, an opportunity afforded to me when the traditional small-press publisher I was with changed hands and gave authors the chance to ask for their rights back.

View the post here to see what I made in January 2013 as a traditionally published author versus what I made on the same book in February 2014 as an indie author (both were debut months). At the end of the post, I suggest I might do a similar comparison for a full year of traditional publishing versus indie publishing.

Well, here I am to do just that! Thanks for stopping by to peek! If you’re new to…

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The Top Ten Self-Publishing, Fantasy, and eBook Stories of 2014

Jennifer Bresnick

Victorian clock face

Hey there, guys!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (or at least a brief break from work/commuter traffic/annoying office mates, for those who didn’t celebrate).  I don’t want to distract you from composing your reviews of Dark the Night Descending, which I know you’re all doing in the final two weeks of my contest, but I thought I’d share with you an end-of-the-year roundup of the top posts on Inkless.  2014 was a good year for my humble little blog, and I think it’s kind of fun to revisit the stories that attracted the most eyeballs over the past twelve months.

Ready to count down?  Here we go!

10. Short Story: He Belongs to the Sea

It was nightfall when the blood came.  William had been set to sitting and watching, so the surgeon could attend to others.  He had never seen so much before.  The…

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Writer to Writer by Gail Carson Levine

The Online Eccentric Librarian

This is a wonderful, well written, friendly, and very informative guide to writing. Although ostensibly written for older kids (e.g., teens), there is so much great information in here as to be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in – or who loves – the craft of writing. The focus is purely on all aspects of a story, from making characters sympathetic to setting and dialogue. But more importantly, the book is liberally sprinkled with very good advice from a beloved published author who drew upon the most asked questions on her blog for the foundation of this title.


The book breaks down as follows: Section One: Being a writer (writer’s’ advice column, the spark, drops of blood); Section Two: Character Building (the depths, character cogitation, fear of flat, use your words, the outward show, here we are); Section Three: Character Nitty Gritty (like me!, to change or not to…

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The life of an unsuccessful writer: an Interview with myself

Martin van Houwelingen

As I was watching old George Carlin interviews, I love George Carlin as I believe in his thought process and the answers he derived from them, I fell back onto an old hang-up of mine, which is dealing with disgruntled people commenting me on my semicare-free life-style. As I know I can get these depressive thoughts late at night, as I write this it is o.48 AM, so I shut the laptop off and decided to go to bed.

But something held me back and just for once wanted to tell my side of the story. I have done interviews before, but for some reason they were either to lax and general in their questions to really matter or so hard to the core to prove a point that I was not able to get in a word edgewise, which both are pretty useless as interviews go.

And so I…

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29. Why I’m a Poet.


This is about that moment when you read a poem and something within it resonates deep within you. It’s a lot like falling in love, only with words. It’s about the fate of humanity, to be so much the same and yet to seem so different. It is in honour of the old poets who left a piece of their humanity behind so that we wouldn’t feel so alone in ours.

Why I’m a Poet.

I love that the edges of our souls overlap.
I love that if you’re careful you can shine a light
Onto that exact spot where they do.
I love that if you’re watching closely enough
A few words can light up whole corners of your soul
And dark things bathed in light have no power to frighten.
I love that words have this power of connection.
This power to make us feel seen,
Sometimes in…

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Guest Post: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

J B Glazer

typewriter and wine

It’s been quite a day. I had two book tour stops, a work event, a standing room only train ride home from the city, and my son just had the biggest meltdown since, well, ever. And to be honest I don’t even really know what it was about. I don’t think he does either. So I’m ready to kick back and relax. And the way I do that best is by writing. I’m off to think up some new material. And perhaps have a drink, or two. In the meantime, check out my interview with Laurie Jenkins: tour stop #1.

Tell us about your current release.
My book is a contemporary romance about two coworkers who struggle to suppress their intense attraction in their pursuit of climbing the corporate ladder. My protagonist, Lexi Winters, always has played by the rules to get what she wants, but when she meets coworker Jake…

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Why upcycled content is a must for your editorial calendar

Kari Wethington

Do you find yourself in need of more content, but without the 25-person content team to help you crank it out? I feel you.

But the reality is, whether we’re a one-person team or a 100-person agency, we all feel the need to keep our marketing channels updated and full of fresh content.

One of my tricks for meeting the challenge even when I’m out of ideas or feeling short on time is to see content everywhere.

Content is lurking around every corner

Every conversation you have could turn into an engaging piece of content — you just have to open your eyes to the possibilities. An email chain could turn into a white paper; an internal meeting presentation could be the starting point for a press release about your company’s capabilities; even a casual brainstorm can later become a topical blog post.

While these sources of content will often need guidance…

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Author Interview: Erik Hofstatter

Karen Runge

Erik Hofstatter is a UK-based author who first wowed us with Moribund Tales, a collection of short stories that went on to become one of Amazon’s Top-10 bestselling anthologies in the UK, USA, and Canada. He and I met on the internet (how unusual!), and a while ago he asked me to read and review his latest novella The Pariahs. I have no idea how I made it onto his hit-list, but I’m glad I did! The Pariahs is a fantastic, clawing, fighting scream of a story that whirls you through its 79 pages so fast you don’t even remember turning them. You can read my full review of it here.

While I had him in one place, I pinned him down for a quick author interview. Why not?

erik hofstatter2What was the inspiration behind your fantastic new novella, The Pariahs?

Due to a secluded childhood, I…

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Book Review: Crafting the Character Arc by Jennie Jarvis

Read Tom Lucas


A quick Google search for writing advice will result in approximately 7 billion hits. That’s a craft article for every person on the planet. There is more writing about writing on the Internet than there is actual writing. Some of this advice is good, some bad, and some – I’m pretty sure was put there by highly competitive writers that are hoping you will follow it so that your writing will SUCK FOREVER.

Something one hears often is that characters should be engaging, relatable, and must change over the course of the story. It’s obvious advice. But unless you are already a pro, how to pull this off might not be so obvious. And if you’re a pro, you probably don’t need the advice in the first place – but thanks for reading my book review anyway. You’re a peach!

If you are looking to create a path for your…

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The next wave (part 4): WA women writers to look out for

looking up/looking down


The next wave is a four-part series featuring exciting Western Australian women writers with manuscripts ready for submission or nearly there. I hope you’ll remember their names and watch out for their published work.

My final two guests are Michelle Michau-Crawford and Louise Allan.

MichelleLR-2Michelle Michau-Crawford

Michelle and I share a love of short stories—and Paris. Michelle recently spent a month there, collects French literature and is currently attempting to learn French so she can read her collection. ‘Despite it being the so-called City of Love,’ she says, ‘it is my favourite place to visit alone.’ Her love affair with the city began by accident on a trip in 2008. Having been a huge Leonard Cohen fan all her life, she discovered he was performing in Lyon two weeks after a conference she was attending in Dublin. ‘I extended my trip, bought a scalped ticket and went to Lyon…

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