fear of rejection
Writing

Fear of Rejection

A major fear of writers is being rejected, the scientific term for this is atychiphobia.  My personal belief is that independent writers feel it more because we don’t receive a professional validation from a publisher prior to releasing a piece of work.  Recently a colleague of mine called me on my own personal “atychiphobia”. Like… Continue reading Fear of Rejection

Balancing your writing career vs. your day gig
Writing

Balancing your writing career vs. your day gig…

Becoming a bestselling author is a career within itself.  All writers have that dream about being able to pick up the New York Times and see their book on the best sellers list.  We all want to be able to make a career from writing that will pay the bills and give up the “day… Continue reading Balancing your writing career vs. your day gig…

Why persistence, hard work, and humility is the key to success
Writing

Why persistence, hard work, and humility is the key to success…

Hands down other than being a parent, being an independent author is the hardest job I have ever had.  My father, who was self-employed my entire life once told me that while he loved being his own boss, he did not relish the uncertainty of not having steady pay.  I didn’t realize how true that… Continue reading Why persistence, hard work, and humility is the key to success…

Putting together a novel in 7-10 days and why I don’t recommend this
Writing

Putting together a novel in 7-10 days and why I don’t recommend this…

The world of independent publishing is partly dependent on how many pieces of work can be published in a given year.  It had created a market for what I call the 7-10 crowd.  In other words, people who claim they can put together an entire book in 7-10 days. Every couple of days I get… Continue reading Putting together a novel in 7-10 days and why I don’t recommend this…

Character development a.k.a. creating a person, just not in the biblical sense…
Writing

Character development a.k.a. creating a person, just not in the biblical sense

Characterization to me is similar to method acting.  When I am writing and in the “zone”, I am that character.  I have put on that character’s mindset; I am seeing the world through their eyes.  I’m not Kate any longer, I’m a 22-year-old woman living in the sixties, or I’m an 18-year-old English boy during… Continue reading Character development a.k.a. creating a person, just not in the biblical sense