What to Plan When Self-Publishing [Collab with Natalia Leigh]

Today I’m super excited because I’m teaming up with fellow author and YouTuber, Natalia Leigh, to talk to you guys about the different things you should plan for when publishing a book. In my video, I’ll be talking about using advanced reader copies, finding readers, finding your author platform, creating a book trailer, launching your book and marketing your book. Be sure to also check out Natalia’s video because she’ll be talking about formatting your novel, cover design, finding an editor and beta readers!

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I am a Storyteller – 2018 Goals

I wanted to take the time to talk about two things: who I am now and how I’m going to improve myself in 2018.

2017 has been a crazy year for me. It’s been stressful and exciting and I think 2018 is going to be this times ten. For those who have been following me, you’ll know that I just graduated college. Before I was able to actually graduate, I had to figure a few things out, and one of the biggest things I needed to figure out was what I wanted to do after I graduated. I needed a job, but I didn’t know what field I wanted to work in.

As a self-published author, as someone who’s had to wear a lot of different hats over the years, I’ve come across a lot of different hobbies.

  • writing
  • video production
  • graphic design (still working on this one)
  • marketing
  • photography

Most of you don’t know, but for my final semester of college, I’ve been working on a bit of a secret project. For my capstone course of college, I chose to make a documentary film on hiking called Life Above Clouds. This film is actually the reason I had to put writing my third novel on hold. Because I bit off more than I could chew. Making this film was the most stressful things I’ve done to date and tested every skill I’ve been working on, from production to marketing of the film to a brand new audience.

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All these different career interests made figuring out what I wanted to do post-graduation really difficult. It wasn’t until I sat down and really thought about all the things I enjoy doing that I saw what everything had in common. No matter what medium I’m working in, the written word, photos, video and so on, I’ve always been telling a story.

When I finally figured this out, it felt like things had finally been resolved. I knew that when it came to job hunting that I needed to ask myself this one question: will I be telling a story?

My goal will always be to make it as a full-time writer, but I have to be realistic. Success isn’t handed to you, you have to work for it. Like I’ve said in my previous video, success isn’t determined by how lucky you are, it’s determined by how badly you want it.

In 2018 I’ve set a few goals for myself:

  • Find a full-time job I love
  • Continue to grow my online presence as an author
  • Finish my third novel

I feel big things coming in 2018 and I’m not afraid to say this: 2018 is going to be my year. College beat me mentally and physically. I want to re-discover myself, be a happier person, a better person than I am today. I want to be the best writer I can be.

I am a storyteller. Who are you? Tell me in the comments down below! How are you improving yourself in 2018?

How to Know You’ve Finished Writing Your Novel

NaNoWriMo is a great time to get a start on writing your novel, but how do you take your rough draft you’ve written during NaNoWriMo and make into something that might be of publishable standards? In today’s blog post I’m going to talk about how you can go from first draft to a manuscript that is ready for publication!

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9 Tips to Write More During NaNoWriMo

How’s NaNoWriMo going for everyone? If you’re like most, you may be significantly behind because, let’s face it, it’s hard to write 50,000 words in one month. Today I’ve gathered some of my favorite tips to boost your writing, not only during NaNoWriMo, but any day when you need help getting some words down on paper.

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Defeat NaNoWriMo Mid-Book Syndrome!

You’ve got 30 days to write 50,000 words. Today is day fourteen of NaNoWriMo 2017, which means that you should be somewhere around 25,000 words if you want to be on track to hit 50,000 words by the end of the month. While hitting the mid-point of NaNoWriMo is cause for celebration, I’m here to talk about what no one wants to really admit, and that’s the fact that you’ve come down with mid-book syndrome. If you’ve been watching my videos for a while you know that mid-book syndrome if what I call when you’ve hit the middle of your book and you’re just not feeling it anymore. Sound familiar? Let’s look at the symptoms:

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