Bullet Journaling for Indie Authors

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By now, I’m sure everyone has heard of bullet journaling. If you haven’t you are seriously missing out. Bullet journaling is an easy yet fun way to stay organized and creative all at the same time. 

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Are you interested? You should be! 

Still need more convincing? Watch these short YouTube videos to see how easy can be!

https://youtu.be/OuaaotSpifM      |      https://youtu.be/EtWmUdiMu74     |     https://youtu.be/fm15cmYU0IM

Now that you’ve watched the videos, understand how easy it can be, and are excited to start your own…

WAIT!

I want to share something with you – because I’ve made bullet journaling EVEN EASIER!

As an indie author, I wear many hats. I’m sure you do as well. So, I have created a Bullet Journal just for Indie-Authors [JUST WRITE]. 

Author Bullet Journal 8x10 Front Cover

JUST WRITE is the Ultimate Author’s Bullet Journal designed as a planner-journal hybrid to help new and experienced writers stay organized while still fostering creativity. It is the perfect complement to So You Want To Write A Book: An Indie Author Guide To Outlining And Planning Your Next Novel. Track your project progress along with daily and monthly word count goals/actuals. Plan your writing and publishing goals, maintain your personal/business to do list, never miss another deadline or appointment again, keep track of writing ideas, schedule and log social sharing and blog post ideas, keep a record of books you’re reading or want to read, maintain a running playlist, etc. There are even monthly logs to track exercise, water intake, etc.

This easy to use bullet journal is already designed to keep you motivated and organized, but there is plenty of room for creativity in the layout. Make it your own and enjoy the freedom that bullet journaling provides.

FEATURES:

  1. Dot grid Paper 
  2. 265 pages measuring at 8×10 inches each (16-inch spreads) 
  3. Sturdy matte-finish paperback cover 
  4. Perfect bound Sections in this comprehensive planner include, but are not limited to:
  • Future Log
  • Year at a Glance
  • Books to Read
  • Writing Playlist
  • Social Sharing
  • etc.

Monthly/Weekly Spreads include, but are not limited to:

  • Monthly Goals
  • Daily/Monthly Word Count Tracker
  • To-Do Lists
  • Shopping Lists
  • Notes Pages
  • Etc.

Are you interested? Good.

All you have to do to get your copy is click HERE! It is as easy as that.

Why I chose to Self-Publish instead of going the Traditional Publishing Route

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photo credit: http://www.jektz.com

Did I consider going the traditional publishing route? Of course I did. There isn’t an author, or want-to-be author, out there that hasn’t daydreamed of being picked-up by a traditional publishing house, given a huge advance, and being allowed to write full-time without fear or worry of not being able to pay the bills. 

The reality is that daydream becomes a reality for far fewer authors than you’d think. With that in mind, self-publishing has become a great alternative to traditional publishing. Over the past few years, self-publishing has also become more and more acceptable as a form of professional publishing. 

The benefits of self-publishing are numerous: 

  1. You Can Make More Money
    Unless you are Stephen King or John Grisham you have the potential to make a lot more money by self-publishing than you will going the traditional publishing route – AS LONG AS YOU DO IT RIGHT! The money you can make from your book doesn’t end with book sales, you also have to consider the possible income from movie rights, audio books, author appearances, foreign rights, and special packages that you are able to offer when you maintain full rights to your work. 
  2. Control Over Cover Design
    As a self-published author, you have final say over what your cover looks like. You will have to hire a cover artist, unless you are artistically inclined, but you control the final product. When you go down the path of traditional publishing, your publisher will take on control of your cover and often you have little to no input on how the cover looks.  
  3. Speed To Print
    As a self-published author, you control when your book publishes! That doesn’t mean you should publish your first draft, but when you are ready to publish – after all formal rounds of edits – you are in control of hitting [PUBLISH]. If you go the traditional publishing route, your publisher determines your publish date. At the time your novel is complete, your publisher may determine that the market isn’t right for the genre, this can result in your book being shelved for an undetermined time… and sometime indefinitely. Self-publishing can speed up your publication date by a year if not more.
  4. Content Control
    As an author, you put your heart, soul, sweat, and tears into your book. As a self-published author, you publish your book – the book you want to publish! As a traditionally published author, your book is changed – adapted – converted – whatever you wan to call it by the numerous interns, editors, publishers, and marketers at the publishing house. By the time your book goes to print, it may not even resemble the story you had originally set out to tell. Traditional publishers control character development, story arc, even the ending of the story, and so much more. If they say change it – you changed it. In the world of self-publishing, you determine what needs to be changed. You’re editor will give you suggestions, but you decide which of the suggestions you’re going to take and which ones you’re going to toss out with last weeks trash. 
  5. Avoiding Stress
    You are worthy! Why put yourself through the stress and anxiety of submitting your manuscript to hundreds of publishing houses only to be turned down time and time again. The fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter how good you are – you can be turned down by a publishing house. Their acceptance is often based on the market – what is selling at the time of your submission. The following is a short list of BEST SELLING AUTHORS who were all rejected at one time or another: 
  • HERMAN MELVILLE 
  • ERNEST HEMINGWAY 
  • GEORGE ORWELL 
  • H.G. WELLS
  • F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
  • STEPHEN KING
  • WILLIAM GOLDING
  • MARGARET MITCHELL
  • WILLIAM FAULKNER
  • ANNE FRANK

NOTE: This list is just a small sample of best-selling authors who received that dreaded rejection letter… the list could go on and on and on.

8 Female Indie Authors Who Are Killin’ It

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This article, written by Shayla Raquel, from 2015 recently popped up in my news feed, and made me realize just how far I’ve come as an author in the last 3 years.

8 Female Indie Authors Who Are Killin’ It

“It’s no surprise that girls rock. They rock so much, in fact, that we featured eight female indie authors who are killin’ it in the self-publishing world. Are you ready to meet your next favorite author?”

Awaken, Nina Soden

Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction
Summary: Awaken is set in a world very much like our own, yet Atlanta isn’t just an ordinary city and Alee Moyer isn’t just an ordinary girl. Having barely survived her childhood, it will take the death of her father for the truth of her true bloodline to come out. Even if it means losing her life, or at least her identity, she won’t be able to escape her true destiny as the first surviving Dhampir in history. Surrounded by a new world where the horror films she grew up watching have become reality and the most unlikely characters have become her lifeline, Alee will struggle to find herself and her purpose.
When I think about an author who is always hustling toward her author goals, I think about Nina. This girl does not slow down. She is constantly working hard to push out one more book—she’s a no-excuses kind of gal and we could all learn something from her.
One reader reviewed the book, saying, “I quickly inhaled this story. The author has a very easy-to-read talent that engulfs the reader.” Ah! I pray that one day someone will read my novel and inhale it like this reader did.

What are you up to now? I am currently in the editing process for SECTOR C: The Hunted (book two in the SECTOR C Series).

Check out all 8 of the authors and read the full article HERE!

Featured Authors:

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Building an audience can be one of the hardest parts of being an indie-author. Mainly because we do all of the marketing, publicizing, etc. on our own. So, word of mouth from readers, amazon and other online reviews, and blog posts like these are so important for our success. If you can take a minute to check out the authors on this lists, maybe you’ll find your next favorite book. If you do, comment below and tell me what you read and what you thought of it.

 

2018 Catfish Literary Festival

Catfish Literary Festival

4th annual Catfish Literary Festival at the Athens-Limestone County Public Library (603 South Jefferson Street, Athens, AL 35611, phone: 256-232-1233) Saturday, 4/28/18 10am to 3pm.

One of the things I love the most about being an indie-author is getting out and talking to people about my books and about the self-publishing process. I got to do just that on April 28th, when I spent the day at the Athens-Limestone County Public Library for the 4th annual Catfish Literary Festival.

The festival offers book-lovers a unique opportunity to connect with authors to chat, ask questions, purchase autographed books, and sit in on writing panels and book readings throughout the day. I was lucky enough to be asked to participate in a panel discussing the self-publishing process and to help new authors interested in self-publishing figure out if it is right for them.

 

If you have questions about the self-publishing process, or how to get started in the writing process, please reach out. I’d love to help. You can comment below with questions and I promise to respond. If I get enough interested in the topic, I’ll do a post answering everyone’s questions.