Hey, maybe what I need is another blog…

Stop laughing. I’m SO GOOD at reliably blogging, aren’t I? No, no I’m not. But every once in a while, I blog about writing and business craft, and those are a little bit useful to people. Going forward, I’m going to try to do that at RomanceYourBrand.com, the dedicated website for my non-fiction books and writing workshops. And I have …

RWA workshop, Marketing: A Year Without Writing (Much)

Today I presented a workshop at the annual national conference for Romance Writers of America. For members of RWA, the recording will be available once the conference is over. If you’ve come to my website later on because of that recording, click here for a copy of the planning sheet.

Indie Publishing in Five Easy Steps

Every so often, I talk to a writer friend–sometimes a traditionally published author looking to diversify, and occasionally a writer weighing their options for what to do with a debut book. And a common worry I hear from them is, “The work of indie publishing is overwhelming. I don’t want to do it all.” Honestly, this baffles me, because when I …

This Book is Too Hot For You To See (or so says Amazon)

This week, two of my SEALs Undone books are on sale. Fall Deep is free, and Fall Fast is 99 cents. This is a series that has been a fan favourite since I started it, and neither of these books have been discounted to these prices before, so I was pretty stoked. And I should say before I derail into …

Writing is damn hard sometimes

See this guy? He’s my inspiration for Dean Foster, the hero in Pine Harbour #5, a book I’ve now written (and re-written) three times. Right now, this smiling GIF is really the only thing getting me through this book. Send wine! And cheese. Man, do I want cheese right now. I’ll blog about the whole process of writing this book …

So You Want to Make a Book Teaser…

Today’s #MarketingMonday post is for readers, writers and bloggers alike. Making graphics, like a book teaser or a quote card, can really make a review or social media post POP. But the how-to can be daunting for people without any graphic design background. I’m doing a workshop on this at the Romancing the Capital conference in Ottawa this May, so …

Consistency is King #FitnessFriday

So a year ago I started working out…and nothing miraculous happened Unless you count my blood pressure dropping back into the normal range. That was my impetus for hiring a personal trainer: get more active or go on blood pressure medication, my doctor said. Fine. I’ve been an erstwhile runner my entire life, so fitness isn’t completely foreign to me. …

Romance means HEA endings…

…and anyone who disagrees is wrong This post at Heroes & Heartbreakers is just the latest in a series of blog posts asking completely the wrong question: can a romance novel have a different ending than the expected HEA (Happy Ever After) or the modern equivalent HFN (Happy For Now) ending? That blogger states, “there is an emerging trend in …

Blueprinting: An important creative double-check

What the heck is blueprinting? This blog post is for writers, but it could also be for bloggers in general, and because it’s part writing, part business, I’m putting it up on #MarketingMonday. Blueprinting: Where Goals and Plans Collide. This is a tool you should be using on a regular basis to make sure you’re on track, that the project you’re …