Plans for February

January was a pretty good month. Though not every goal was met, progress was nevertheless made across all fronts. For February, things should continue apace. I would like to continue my translation work, make some much-needed additions and corrections to this year’s Knights of Aralia books, and resume work on my long overdue rough draftContinue reading “Plans for February”

How to Look Professional as a Self-Published Author

Self-publishing still has quite a stigma attached to it, and not without reason. After all, it can be done by anyone who has the means and the time to put his or her work out there with a relative minimum of technical skill required. Hence, self-published books can and often do still turn out lookingContinue reading “How to Look Professional as a Self-Published Author”

Editors and Beta Readers

We all know how helpful it can be to get someone else’s opinion on our work. Sometimes our own inner eye simply isn’t enough to catch all the problems with a manuscript, be they with the story, the grammar, or something else entirely. Hence, a good editor or beta reader can be worth his weightContinue reading “Editors and Beta Readers”

YA or NA?

One of the questions I’ve found myself asking in the past is what’s the difference between young adult and new adult when it comes to writing fiction (or even nonfiction)? Where is the all important line of separation between these supposedly distinct age ranges? Well, though I tried to answer this to some degree inContinue reading “YA or NA?”

Plans for January

December was a fairly decent month, despite being gone a week for Christmas (which was not entirely unproductive either). I made great progress on a novella rough draft, a little on a translation, and drafted no less than four new articles in just two weeks! More could have been done, but alas, there simply wasn’tContinue reading “Plans for January”

Five Ways to Turn Love of Reading into a Career

It’s been a while since I’ve done a list post, so for my final substantial post of the year, I figured it might be fun to list a few ways you can turn your passion for reading into a profession.

When to Let a Story Go

Sometimes it seems like a story just isn’t going anywhere. We’ve worked and reworked it a hundred times, but it never seems quite right. Agents and publishers alike perpetually reject it (something I discussed last week), and it’s getting downright disheartening. At this point, it may be time to do the unthinkable: to go aheadContinue reading “When to Let a Story Go”

How to Handle Rejection

Writers are no strangers to rejection. Barring incredible luck or lots of connections, even the most famous of published authors were often turned down many times before their work was accepted. And in some cases, even once published, their work was rejected by the readers of their own day. Now, everybody has his or herContinue reading “How to Handle Rejection”

Plans for November

October was a very full month. There were a few days of relative inaction, but most were spent entirely on this project or that–especially where it came to setting up ads and promos for Knights of Aralia, which I put on pre-order back on the 7th (details here). November will be most interesting. Though myContinue reading “Plans for November”

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