Marketing, Keywords, and Publisher Rocket, Oh My!

digital marketing, using keywordsMarketing is a task many writers struggle with, including me. However, without it, our books don’t get much notice.

There are plenty of platforms where we can use either paid or free advertising. So far, I’ve only used one paid platform and that’s Amazon Marketing Services (AMS).

One thing I’ve learned about marketing is the importance of keywords and keyword phrases.

What Is a Keyword?

A Google search provided this definition: [Read more…]

Being Taught How to Profit

a pile of $50 bills, how to profit“Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go.’” Isaiah 48:17 NKJV

Last year I printed that verse on a poster and hung it on the wall right next to my desk. I looked at it often and even prayed it on a regular basis. Then I [Read more…]

Batching Your Work for Efficiency and Productivity

my time tracking

My time tracking sheet. Click on the image to view a larger version.

Last month I blogged about the many job roles we as writers have.

I promised a follow up with the discoveries I made. I hope you can take even a little of what’s here to bring you sanity, less stress, efficiency, and productivity to your life as a writer. [Read more…]

Scrivener’s Distraction-free Writing Options

Distractions. Today’s culture has plenty of them, and they seem to have caused an epidemic of short attention spans.

When writing, the easiest way to be distraction free is to close down the programs that distract you. That means close your email program, any social media pages open on your browser, and possibly even your browser. It also means shutting the bedroom/office door to keep out the pets and the family (if at all possible).

But you can only do so much to minimize the distractions of your writing program. You can hide rulers and menu bars. [Read more…]

Putting Fun into Your Life

having fun, dog dressed in shirt and headphones no motivation to writeAt a recent writers conference, a fellow faculty member asked me what I do for fun.

Anyone else at the table could have blown me over with a breath. I didn’t have an answer. In fact, I realized I don’t have fun in my life.

I have the mindless diversion of television.

But mindless diversions do not recharge our physical bodies or refresh our mind.

We all function in many roles as I discussed in my last blog post. So it’s important we [Read more…]

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