Letters from the Real World: Camp NaNoWriMo

By Cait Reynolds

I have been doing every single National Novel Writing Month event for about eight years now. NaNoWriMo (as it’s called) has expanded from just November to include a “Camp” in April and a “Camp” in July. The differences between November NaNoWriMo and Camp are that you can set your own word goal for Camp and you get an online “cabin” with cabin mates that you can live chat with. Now, here’s the funny part: I’ve never, ever, ever ‘won’ a NaNoWriMo event. Ever. But I… Continue Reading


Letters from the Real World: Tired? Stressed? Make a list. Make it twice.

By Cait Reynolds

So, I’m heading into my fourth week of this brave new world of author marketing. In the spirit of full disclosure and solidarity, here’s exactly how I’m feeling: Overwhelmed by just how much there is STILL to do before my book comes out Stressed by how little time there seems to do it in, even working seven days a week Barely holding at bay every author’s deep-seated fears of being found to be a worthless hack Frantic because my ADHD-riddled brain is full of ideas… Continue Reading


Author Marketing Series: Hosting!

By Lori Culwell

In this video, I talk about the types of hosting you need if you are an author trying to market your website and books. Now with music!!


Letters from the Real World: Confessions of an AWP Virgin

By Cait Reynolds

I went to my first writing conference this week. I was shocked. Now, in my perilously ill-spent and ill-advised youth, I was a dot com girl. I did marketing for technology companies, and I went to some of the biggest, glitziest tradeshows around. I saw booths that recreated German beer gartens, complete with busty frauleins and beer. I saw booths that had virtual reality rides (in the interest of research and relationship-building, of course). I know that my tradeshow budget was often larger than the… Continue Reading


Letters from the Real World: It’s all in your head. Really.

By Cait Reynolds

I need a vacation. Seriously. I’m not even two months into my career as a full-time writer, and I’m exhausted. I am working seven days a week, ten hours a day, and the rest of that time, I’m thinking and worrying. I swear, I haven’t sweated work like this since the late 90’s dot com era, when you couldn’t go to lunch because you might miss a paradigm shift. There are times when I’m trying to format a blog post, and the thing just won’t… Continue Reading


Case Study: Sara Paretsky’s Critical Mass Web-Only Epilogue

By Lisa Hazen
Critical Mass

One of the best things about the Web is that it is infinitely editable. To any writer who has ever yearned to make a crucial edit after a manuscript missed the point of no return in the production process will certainly appreciate this quality. But beyond simple edits, consider using your site as a way to take your story further, even after it is published. Author Sara Paretsky published an epilogue to her new book Critical Mass that lives exclusively on her site. Paretsky’s protagonist—V… Continue Reading


Letters from the Real World: Me. Dot com.

By Cait Reynolds

Have you ever seen a movie where there’s a monotone voiceover for a prisoner in a lonely dungeon? That’s what was going through my head as I tried to set up my new website. “Hour one. Found GoDaddy.com. Typed name and found it available. I am suspicious of how easy this is. I am in constant fear of making a mistake and somehow ending up owner of Thumbtumblies.com or other nonsense.” “Hour two. Have secured caitreynolds.com after intense debate over how many years of ownership to buy…. Continue Reading


Letters from the Real World: Hello. I’m just like you.

By Cait Reynolds

Let me introduce myself, 12-step style. I am Cait, and I am trying to market my books. I’m not special. I’m not successful (yet). I’m not anything other than one woman, trying to make a go of a writing career. I am starting from scratch. I had nothing. I met Lori Culwell accidentally, and now, I have something. I’m a cheerfully-obsessed marketing guinea pig. I’m going step-by-step and trying to gear up for a book launch at the end of March. A lot of the… Continue Reading


How I Did It: Nate Burgos’ eBook BROKEN

By Lisa Hazen
Nate Burgos

Nate Burgos and I have worked together for quite some time. I edit his blog pieces on Design Feast, and my husband has done some illustration work for him. Last year, he asked me to help him edit his most ambitious project yet—an eBook he called BROKEN, a book that focusing on common workplace dynamics and challenges. But particularly how to make changes in the office to both work better and produce better work. I wanted to interview Nate for this site because authors commonly… Continue Reading


My Year-Long Blog Challenge: Lessons Learned (Part 1)

By Lori Culwell

In case you don’t know me, almost one year ago I committed to writing a blog post every single day of this year (2013).  I chose my blog “Funny Strange” to write on.  That blog has been around for about eight years and gets good traffic, but I was trying to see how much better it could get it if I put a daily effort into it.  After all, I wrote a whole book called “How to Market a Book,” so I wanted to lead… Continue Reading