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Toddler Tales #3

Toddler Translations 101 LM: Ink. Me: You want a drink? LM: Ink. Me: Ok. I'll grab you a drink. *LM tips head back* *wails* *gnashes teeth* LM: INK! *I pause* *consider* *eye the fridge* Me: You want eggs? *LM giggles* LM: Eggs. #clearly #nodictionaryforthis Sign up...

Marketing for Authors

Marketing for Authors is here! Thanks to members of the Indie Author Life Facebook group (which you can join at any time! Just be sure to answer the questions. I don't approve if there are no answers 🙂 Carissa Magras and I are bringing you the goods on being and...

The Struggle With Self Care (Instead of Food)

The Struggle is Real I was 29 years old when I heard the phrase self care. Maybe I'd heard it before that, but if I had, I couldn't recall it. My naivete on the subject was pretty pathetic. My counselor sat across from me after I explained a food binge to her and...

Noblebright Fantasy and the Unhero

Today, let's talk about all things dragons, Noblebright Fantasy (to be defined in a moment) and heroes that aren't, well . . . very heroic. This summer, I stumbled on novelist JA Andrews and chatted with her a little bit about her mountain life in Montana, what it's...

Toddler Tales #2

LIFE WITH A TODDLER 101. Me: LM, you want some of my eggs? LM: No. Pancake. *hands LM cut up pancake* Me: Here's your pancake. *LM points* LM: Pancake. Me: Yep. Now eat it. LM: Gabay. Me: I already put agave on it. *LM giggles* LM: Gabay. *I lift a forkful of...

Interview with the Self Publishing Podcast

The boys over at SPP (Johnny, Sean, and Dave) and I had an awesome time recording a podcast on what it's like to be married to a guy in the military—specifically a Green Beret. I normally keep really hush-hush about my personal life where my Husband is concerned, but...

A Conversation With My Fat

Talking about fat is never easy, so this post is going to be a doozy. A frightening, wonderful, scary piece. I've oscillated over posting this A LOT. Ultimately, I believe in the power of transparency and openness, so I'm giving all of you a vulnerable little piece of...

Introducing Toddler Tales

TODDLERS. Am I right? Facebook is a place for me to vent some steam as a parent. Most of the time, I just want to be heard. I just want people to see glimpses of my parent life and giggle with me. I find that laughing over the crazy things that happen (like my...

Interview with YouTuber Claire Duffy

Check out my YouTube interview with screenplay writer, author, and YouTuber CS Duffy on hacks for Mom Productivity while living the Indie Author life!   Follow CS Duffy on YouTube here Follow her on Twitter  Sign up for my mailing list and get the Indie Author Parent...

Stories for Nerds Podcast #2—Archetypes

Character Archetypes: The Goodly Hero My second guest appearance on the Stories for Nerds Podcast! Don't miss my second appearance with the amazing crew over at Stories for Nerds. This time, we're talking character Archetypes, specifically The Goodly Hero. You know,...

Editing for Indie Authors

Catherine Jones Payne, who runs the illustrious Quill Pen Editorial editing firm, joins me in a live Google Hangout to answer all the editing questions from the authors in my Indie-parent-geared (but not limited to) Facebook group Indie Author Life. Despite...

Win a Kindle Fire 7

No strings attached. Literally. Sign up to this special email list just for this giveaway—but then you can unsubsribe in the welcome email and still be entered to win. Because no one wants to get emails they don't want. And I defintely don't want to send you emails...

Breaking the Scale of Hotness

Where the scale of hotness is concerned, I broke the rules and married someone way hotter than me. Before you throw tomatoes at me with You’re Beautiful Just The Way You Are written on them, let’s turn down the Bruno Mars song and have a frank discussion. The Scale of...

Heartstone

To say that I love dragon books would drastically understate it. Seriously. Why else would I write THE DRAGONMASTERS? But writing well means a lot of reading, so in my ravenous search for new dragon books, I remembered that I bought HEARTSTONE by Elle Katharine White....

My Editing Process

One of the questions I get asked the most is what my editing process is like. I'm always tempted to be brutally honest and say, "I have no idea." <--- That's only a little bit of the truth. Really, I do have a skeleton. But stories are like babies and every single...

How I Created My Dragons

I can't tell you how excited I am about the continued process with The Dragonmasters: Part One. It's clipping along beautifully and really started to take form from the great blob. But here's the truth: writing about fantasy creatures is really hard. Writing about a...

8 Weird Things You Never Knew About Me

I sent out an email awhile ago that asked my newsletter subscribers, "What do you want more of?" and definitely expected them to say, "Free books!" or "Book reviews!" or "Give me all the dragons!" What did they say instead and knock me off my proverbial feet?...

Marketing to Your Target Audience

Finding the right people to buy your book can be really tricky. But it's even harder marketing to those people. So let's review some standing wisdom, as well as some not-so-conventional ideas for the following genres: Young Adult (YA), Middle Grade (MG), Romance, and...

Launching Your Book in 2017

To say that things change fast in the self publishing world is a dramatic understatement. They can change overnight. But that's a good thing—the market is always improving. Unless, of course, you're trying to figure out your launch, your marketing plan, and...

The World of Antebellum Wikia

One of the best things about being an author is the fans. Book blogger Evan Morgan quickly set himself apart as an uber-fan of the Network Series early in the series, and I've loved interacting with him ever since then. He's a huge superstar and decided to take all...

How to Find Reviewers

Today, we're talking about a hot topic. One that will always been hot. It's been hot so long it doesn't know how to get cool. Reviews. More specifically—how to get them. In the Facebook group Indie Parent Life (what, you're not a member? Remedy that here.) I asked...

Being an Author and a Military Spouse

Being an author is not an easy road. Creativity is often messy, so when you try to combine that with doing business and marketing and #allthethings, lines get drawn in the sand. Add kids on top of it. Add dogs. Add making dinner every weeknight (and kids want to eat...

Podcast with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Show

I hung out with Lindsay, Jeff and Joe from SFF Marketing podcast and we had a great time talking about the YA genre, Wattpad, self publishing with a family, BookBub tips, and different launch/release strategies. Check it out from the links below! Note: in the podcast...

Profit First and Money Organization

To say that I jumped into self publishing without knowing anything about business is undercutting it a little bit. Read: a lot.  Words like quarterly taxes and sales tax and revenue and Quickbooks were SO not important. Writing was important. Making money was...

12 Tips for the Perfect Writing Retreat

You know I did it. Yes. I escaped into the mountains for a writing retreat that pushed my limits. AND IT WAS AMAZING. Two of my favorite writers (Stephan McLeroy and Kristin Luna) and I pulled together and busted out the best. writing. retreat. ever. If you want to...

Moana: The 3 Act Story Structure

Being an author is kind of a curse. Whenever I watch a movie, I can't help but analyze. Everything. So when I first stumbled on Moana, I knew I had something brilliant. I sat on the floor and watched it with my son. Read: I sat on the floor in a sobbing mess while my...

Ebook Formatting

The stunning, talented, thorough-to-the-point-of-ridiculousness, Kella Campbell is the owner of Ebooks Done Right, which is the ebook formatting service that I use for all my ebooks. I literally cannot tell you all the ways that she has saved me. From pristine...

Manifesting Abundance as an Indie Author

The topic of Manifesting Abundance came to me a few months ago while listening to the Write Now Podcast with Sarah Rhea Werner. She interviewed the beautiful Honoree Corder, a well known author coach, author, and speaker. During their discussion, Honoree started...

The Health and Happiness Society Cookbook

It's borderline pathetic how much I love food. Cookbooks are my favorite books to browse at the bookstore. Guys, I've worked food into my writing brand. #dedication. My Chick Lit series, The Health and Happiness Society revolves around women and their relationships...

Cheesy Meat Lovers Pizza

Are you in the food for something filling and delicious? The Cheesy Meat Lovers Pizza from the Health and Happiness Cookbook has got your back! Kimberley Copithorne from Prairie Winds Life food and lifestyle blog is bringing you the protein and the pizza. Kick back...

Managing a Multi Person Project as an Indie

The easiest part of creating the Health and Happiness Cookbook was pulling together a team. I already had my people in place! The wildcard ended up being the how it happened and how we communicated. Because my team is the very patient and amazing, everything went...

Unforgettable Oreo Cake

As promised, here is the delectable, scrumptious Oreo Cake recipe created, baked, and photographed by food and lifestyle blogger Kimberley Copithorne. Get this (and more!) in the upcoming Health and Happiness Cookbook. Officially releases May 1st. If you aren't a...

Kobo Plus: What It Means

In February, Kobo released their latest idea, Kobo Plus—which is currently beta testing only in the Netherlands and Belgium. When I found out, I was cautiously optimistic. Now that a few weeks have passed, I’m pretty curious. Welcome Kobo Plus to the publishing stage!...

Featured Author for Splickety Magazine

Ever wondered what would happen if Huckleberry Finn rafted the River Styx? Yeah, me too. So I wrote it. In less than 500 words. Splickety magazine asked me to be their featured author for the month of March, ushering in their time warp edition of the magazine....

Podcast with Kobo Writing Life

Every year I attend the Superstars Writing Seminar. And every year I run into my good friend Mark LeFebvre, Director Kobo Writing Life. We have a history that really flatters my . . . outspoken side. I basically called him out in front of the whole conference my first...

8 Tips to Navigate Wattpad Like a Boss

In February of 2015, (after meeting the illustrious Ashleigh Gardner, Head of Publishing at Wattpad) I posted a story titled Bon Bons to Yoga Pants as an experiment on Wattpad. 1.4 millions reads and countless sponsorships later, I wanna chat about this social media...

My Bookbub Results from 2016

I’ve posted about my experience with Bookbub in the past, but wanted to do it again with 3 different sets of data. My ebook collection (5 novels and 1 novella) for $2.99. The first book in my Fantasy series priced at $0.99. The first book in my ChickLit series priced...

The Other Side of Chaos

After my last blog post on Hiring A Virtual Assistant, I contemplated the impression I put out there. A few words come to mind. Utter insanity. Total chaos. Life without stops. While that day happened—as they do—I realized I’ve done a disservice in...

Stories for Nerds Podcast Interview

Raise your hand if you love fantasy. Or nerdy things. Or people talking about fantasy and nerdy things. If you like any of the above, then we’re in a good place because this week I sat down for an interview with the Stories for Nerds podcast crew. Lemme tell...

Working With a Virtual Assistant

The fateful day when I realized I needed an assistant came on a Wednesday. While drowning in my poor attempts at website coding, horrible layouts, a looming writing deadline, LM’s four molars breaking through AT THE SAME TIME, Husband deployed with infrequent contact,...

A Snapshot of My Hourly Wages

Being an author never stahps. We can't really clock out in the same way a desk job does (although, arguably, there are ways to do that.) Creativity, however, doesn't work a 9-5, which throws kinks into our system—and the wages we're paid. While my photographer and I...

The Every Woman Story Project

What is the Every Woman Story Project? On Valentines Day in 2014, I sat down at my in-laws house in Denver and started writing a book on Wattpad titled Bon Bons to Yoga Pants. When I clicked 'Publish', I had no idea what was coming next. It changed my life. Bon Bons...

Writing and Babyhood: A New Reality

It's been months since I attempted blogging after giving birth and dealing with babyhood. Having kids is crazy pants. Working and having kids? Double crazy pants. I know I don't need to tell you. Some of you are doing it all and then some on the side. #respect In...

Writing With A Newborn

I'm nine weeks into the Jungle of New Mom and remember, with a mild sense of desperation, scouring the internet to see if anyone else had had their first child while also trying to publish books. Newborn life is tough. It's definitely a time for commiseration. I...

Confessions of a Chubby Girl

There is a monster that lives inside every girl. Sometimes it's a big one that drowns out all the others. Sometimes it's not. Sometimes it's a crowd. Sometimes it's just one. My biggest monster was a creative beast that craved chocolate and felt good if I...

7 Reasons I Love Publishing Wide

There's a permanent, ongoing debate about whether exclusivity is dangerous, or whether we should have wide distribution. (Seriously. So. Much. Debate.) This decision is different for everyone, and I respect the fact that different things work for different books and...

The Pros and Cons of Wattpad

While attending the Superstars Writing Conference in February of 2015, I ran into Ashleigh Gardner, the Head of Content and Publishing at Wattpad. Okay, okay. I didn't just "run into her." I cornered her. For 45 minutes. She'd just been telling us about all the...

Why I’m Scared to be a Mom and an Entrepreneur

  As many of you know, Little Boy Cross is coming this August. #throwsglitter I'm stoked, truly. So, so excited. Pumped. Gung-ho. Ready to meet the little parasite that's pummeling my insides day and night. BUT SERIOUSLY I'M TERRIFIED. Setting aside the fact that...

Free Webinar on Indie Publishing

Who wants a free webinar? We chat about: —Indie publishing. #shocker —The top five things I wish I'd known before I ever got into this. —A glimpse into my daily life (pre-kiddos!) and how I scheduled my work time. Note: I can hardly remember the days when I just had...

Finding the Audiobook Narrator that Rocks

I love all things Miss Mabel's School for Girls. But I especially love it when someone is reading it to me while I'm running. There's just something about a really talented voice actor or actress that can bring life and vitality into the writing. Right now, I have 4...

How to Typeset Your Self Published Book Like a Pro

Indie publishing is not for the faint of heart. Want to know what I really think about it? Check out this post here. One of the biggest issues I run into is having time for everything. So I'm all about finding people who can make my book look professional while I keep...

The Emotional Side of a Book Release

There is one thing about publishing that I've never been able to come to terms with: the vulnerability of releasing your book. Releasing a book is like taking a scalpel to my sternum, slicing through my chest, and saying, "Here total stranger, for $3.99 you can have a...

The Making of a Novel

When I released my first book, Miss Mabel's School for Girls, I did a post showing the book cover progressions Cory Clubb and I went through to get the final, official book cover. So many fans responded about how they enjoyed learning the process that I decided to...

Your Legal Questions About Publishing Answered

Helen Sedwick, author of Self-Publishers Legal Handbook, is guest posting here today to answer all your questions on the legal aspects of self publishing, like copyright law, setting in stories, blending the real world into our writing, etc. Go grab a copy of her book...

How To Publish 13 Books in One Year

It's not news that some people can crank out up to 20 books a year. In fact, it's considered survival in the Indie Publishing world. I've never met anyone that wrote this many books, but I do know. Katy Regnery. This is Katy and she is publishing 13 books this year. I...

Writing About Witches in a Mormon World

When Miss Mabel's School for Girls first came out, my friend Terry, as a kind of aside, mentioned that I'd probably have people who refused to read it because, well, it's about witches. JK Rowling got it in spades, right? Nobigdeal, guys. But I didn't think it would...

15 Tips to Own Your First Book Launch

As requested, I'm posting my thoughts/strategies on the launch of my very first book Miss Mabel's School for Girls. Don't feel obligated to sit and read it all at once. Skim away and pick what you want, or bookmark it for later reference. *Note: I don't launch books...

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