What are book advances?

Book advances. The word gets thrown around a lot in the publishing world. As a new author or a seasoned one, you have most likely heard fellow authors discuss their advance from they’re publisher. Some publishers offer advances to their authors, some do not. These can range from $30 – $20,000 depending on the authorContinue reading “What are book advances?”

The start of my writing career

We all started writing one day – whether it was a hobby or to vent some frustrations. I started my writing career young. The earliest memory I have is penning a story about a fairy. It was about 4 sentences long but that’s where my love for the written word birthed. At school, I usedContinue reading “The start of my writing career”

2014 – The Year That Was

2014 was a pretty eventful year for me – I had 2 book releases (Earthwalker and To lean on falling Men) and a promise for a third. What I mean by that is I had finally finished my first ever dystopian which had taken 6 months to write and edited it profusely for a fewContinue reading “2014 – The Year That Was”

Christmas Submissions

 Christmas isn’t far along and its usually the time when many companies begin the ritual of shutting down for the holidays. What about book publishers? From my personal experience, I’ve witnessed publishers shut down a week or so before Xmas and don’t open again until late January. It’s a frustrating time for an author becauseContinue reading “Christmas Submissions”

Why I use Beta Readers

I’ve been writing for a very long time, but only recently been introduced to beta readers. When I wrote my first big historical fiction, Darkness before Dawn, I had no idea how much work was needed before publication. I submitted it to an online forum and it got pretty good feedback. This feedback helped improveContinue reading “Why I use Beta Readers”

How and Why People Buy Books

I came across this great infographic from Author Marketing Club about how and why readers buy books. I was surprised by the data. Are you upset you haven’t reached ‘best seller’ status yet? Don’t worry. According to this data, 72% of readers aren’t swayed to buy if you have ‘best seller’ on the cover. Phew! Worried you’reContinue reading “How and Why People Buy Books”