Being Fearless: What Nobody Tells You About Becoming an Author

When you have finally finished your manuscript and you’ve revised it the best you feel it can be, there comes the moment where you’re most likely going to take a publishing route.  Sometimes that publishing route is traditional, sometimes it’s self-publishing.  But once you’re on that path, there are a thousand doubts that enter your mind and people start to offer their opinions…

The Dark Side of Christian Fiction

Historically speaking, the idea of a Christian novel is a relatively new concept. In fact, for a Christian to be reading novels was considered sinful in the church up until the early 1900s. It was considered taboo, especially for women. Why, you ask? Because—since the stories in them were not true, it was considered lying. Not to mention the extra attachments of lust, murder, or other sins depending on the content of the book…

Writing Advice That Doesn’t Work For Everyone

As a writer, have you ever been given writing advice?  How did it influence you – negatively or positively?  In today’s post, I really wanted to discuss common writing advice that doesn’t work for everyone…

Book Trends in 2019

One thing that self-pub and traditional-pub authors alike need to pay attention to is the book trends for the year.  They don’t have to write their books to follow those trends, of course, but it’s always good to be aware…

On Writing Support Groups

Honestly the title of this blog post should be, “On Writing Support Groups and What to Watch Out For,” because not all writing groups provide the support you deserve or even need.  I’ve been involved in quite a few writing groups: at conferences, at homeschool group clubs, ones that meet monthly, family, and then of course the beta reader system I’ve created…

Common Downsides to Self-Publishing

While I love self-publishing for multiple reasons and there are a lot of serious self-pub authors that do as well, I can’t deny that there are a handful of downsides to self-publishing.  There are downsides to traditionally publishing as well, but since I’m strictly self-pub at the moment and those of you reading may be interested in self-pub either now or in the near future, I wanted to discuss the downsides of being an indie author with you today…

My Editing Process

Hi, everyone!  Today I’m going to be talking about my editing process.  I briefly discussed this in an Instagram post when I was posed the question not too long ago, but I thought it might be neat to recap it here and possibly go into a little bit more depth…

My Favorite/Least Favorite Writing Tropes

I am literally SO EXCITED to talk with you about my favorite and least favorite writing tropes today!  I wasn’t 100% sure at first whether I was going to include this in my writing discussions, but it’s such a fun topic that I figured why not?

Marketing Ideas & Strategies for Aspiring Authors

Today I wanted to discuss some marketing strategies and ideas with you guys.  This post is probably going to be more geared toward writers that are looking to self-pub or have already self-published a novel or two, but I hope that no matter what publishing path you’re looking at, you’ll be able to take some of these strategies into consideration!

The Importance of Genre & Target Audience

Today and I wanted to discuss the importance of knowing what genre you’re going to write in and what target audience you want to write for.  A crucial mistake beginning writers make is not knowing what specific genre they’re going to write in, and an even bigger mistake is not knowing who their audience is…

What’s in a Name?

For some people, the biggest struggle—aside from titling a story and actually writing the
story—is naming their characters.  Admittedly, this is a difficult process, because it’s never the same…