ARTICLES FOR WRITERS

The old site had hundreds of articles on it. We’ve preserved them on a hard drive and I will be gradually adding them back onto this site, once they’ve been updated, or once I’ve annotated them — some of them are getting old! But there’s still good stuff in those articles that belong here. Check back regularly!

While this site is for readers of my books, there are many writers among them and over the years I’ve written many how-to articles for writers.  You’ll find most of those articles here, along with some updates where appropriate, as some of the articles are quite old and the industry is changing so rapidly now.

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The Writing Life | Productivity | Genre Writing | Making Money | Indie Publishing Column | Anchored Authors |


The Writing Life

11 Things I Wish I’d Known About Full Time Writing When I First Started Writing Novels

11 Good Reasons Authors Need To Stay Healthy And Fit

6 Things I Wish I’d Known About Getting A Literary Agent When I First Started Writing Novels

8 Things I Know About Part-Time Writing Now I’ve Written Full-Time

13 Things I Know About Writing Full Time Now I’m Back to Full Time Again

Adjusting The Anchored Life To Suit Your Circumstances

Do You Have What It Takes To Be An E Author?

Getting Your Partner To Actually Be A Partner

How I Performed Hara-Kiri On My Career

How to Write a Novel While You’re Holding Down A Day Job

I Freakin’ Quit!!!

Quotes About Reading & Writing

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Genre Writing

An End to Euphemisms – Is Erotica Right For You?

Can You Make Money Writing Erotic Romance?

The Difficulties of Writing Really Old Erotic Historical Romances

Getting The Science Right

Historical Cheat Sheet: 5th & 6th Century Britain — Arthurian/The Dark Ages

How To Break Into The Erotic Romance Market – 2013 Update

How To Break Into The Erotic Romance Market In 8 Not-So-Easy Steps

The Perils Of Writing Erotic Romance.

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Making Money

Can You Make Money Writing Erotic Romance?

How On-Line Marketing Helps Level the Playing Field

The Shot Heard Around the Publishing World

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Productivity

11 Things I Wish I’d Known About Full Time Writing When I First Started Writing Novels

11 Good Reasons Authors Need To Stay Healthy And Fit

How to Write a Novel While You’re Holding Down A Day Job

Your Average Word Count — Why You Should Track It.

 

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Genre Writing

An End to Euphemisms – Is Erotica Right For You?

Can You Make Money Writing Erotic Romance?

The Difficulties of Writing Really Old Erotic Historical Romances

Historical Cheat Sheet: 5th & 6th Century Britain — Arthurian/The Dark Ages

How To Break Into The Erotic Romance Market – 2013 Update

How To Break Into The Erotic Romance Market In 8 Not-So-Easy Steps

The Perils Of Writing Erotic Romance.

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Making Money

Can You Make Money Writing Erotic Romance?

How On-Line Marketing Helps Level the Playing Field

The Shot Heard Around the Publishing World

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Indie Publishing Column

I have been writing a column about indie publishing and indie authors for nearly four years.  It appears on Night Owl Review’s monthly magazine.  Click here for the latest magazine.

Back issue columns:

Help! Promo Newsletters are Dying!

7 Oversights that Send Readers Away – Part III

7 Oversights that Send Readers Away – Part II

7 Oversights that Send Readers Away – Part I

Multitasking VS Linear Production

Try A Dragon For Speed Dictation Writing

Six Ways to Dodge Amazon’s Wrath (Don’t let your reviews get deleted!)

Take Care Of You – Resolutions

Details, Details – Resolutions

Measure Your Results – Resolutions

Add More Sales Channels – Resolutions

Improve Your Product – Resolutions

Schedule Your Promotions – Resolutions

Refine Your Production Schedule – Resolutions

Refine Your Production Process – Resolutions

Prolificacy, Part II – Resolutions

Prolificacy, Part I – Resolutions

Strengthen Your Sales Pipelines – Resolutions

Review Your Backlist – 2015 Resolutions

Motivation for the Holidays

Top 7 Promotion Tools For Indie Authors

Top 17 Tools for Indies (Part II)

Top 17 Tools for Indies (Part I)

The Success Formula

The Aim of Indie Authors

Staying Visible When Your Production Schedule Tanks

4 Unique Time Management Challenges for the Indie – and how to beat them.

Challenges of a Mature Indie Career

Authors: Becoming Visible

The Great Promotion Hoax

Book Parts for Indie Pubs

The Zen of Crappy Reviews

Boost Sales: Christmas Rush

Republishing

The Minimalist Guide to Reviews

The Care And Feeding of Readers II

The Care And Feeding of Readers

Official Release Dates

Good Advice, Bad Advice

Genres and Pen Names

Diversify, Diversify, Diversify!

8 Steps To Your First Indie Book

Grow Your Business

Pros & Cons of Indie Publishing Part II

Pros & Cons of Indie Publishing Part I

The Whys, Whats and Hows

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Anchored Authors

I ran a for-authors blog called Anchored Authors for several years.  It was designed to help authors “anchored” by a day job write more, publish successfully and live a life, too.  The blog ran from 2008-2009, just as Kindles were started to sell and years before the indie author movement really started to roll.  These are the best of the Anchored Author posts from that blog.

11 Good Reasons Authors Need To Stay Healthy And Fit

Adjusting The Anchored Life To Suit Your Circumstances

Career Strategy – The Two Step Career

A Cure for Monday Morning Blues

Defining The “Day Job”

Don’t Reject Small Presses–You Can’t Afford It

Getting Your Partner To Actually Be A Partner

The Hidden Class of Writer – Authors With Day Jobs

The Home-Based Day Job – Pitfalls For An Anchored Author

How I Performed Hara-Kiri On My Career

How Running A Blog Can Help Your Fiction Career

Move Your Day Job To Better Suit Your Writing Career

One Way To Quit The Day Job

Publishing Terms, POD, And The Amazon “Thing”

The Quest for Prolificacy

Quitting Your Day Job – Just Where Do You Stand These Days

The Ultimate Goal Of An Anchored Author’s Career

What NOT to do for yourself — Your taxes.

The Writer’s Other Classic Curse and Four Ways to Deal With It

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