Time Management Tips for Authors: How to Write More in Less Time

Time Management Tips for Authors: How to Write More in Less Time

There never seems to be quite enough time in the day, does there? For years, we tell other people (and ourselves) that we “don’t have enough time to write,” though we somehow seem to find the time to watch full seasons of Game of Thrones. (Funny how that works.) ...

3 Simple Ways to Start Your Writing Career Today

Many of us dream of being successful writers: the Instagram-worthy photos of the desk where we release our creative genius, the legions of adoring fans, the critical acclaim … There’s just one problem. The process of actually writing can feel scary as hell. With all...

“Am I a REAL author?”

If you’ve followed D2D online, tuning in to our livestreams and podcasts, you’ve heard me mention my co-worker, Elyssa. She’s brilliant, and I honestly don’t know how we’d get anything done around this place without her. Today happens to be her birthday (happy...

Ways to make money with Draft2Digital (Even if you don’t write books)

Let’s face a harsh fact: When it comes to making money, there are a lot easier ways to do it than writing and publishing. Stroke for stroke, books usually bring a poor return on investment (ROI), once you factor in the time it takes to research and write, the cost and...

Interesting Uses for D2D Payment Splitting

One of the most frequent feature requests we’ve gotten over the years is for the ability for authors to handle payment splitting better and easier. Keeping track of who gets paid what percentage of something such as a box set or a multi-author collaboration can be a...

Framing the Writer Life

In the earliest days of my writing career, before it could even be tagged as a “writing career,” I had a particular and persistent vision of what the writing life looked like. It was informed by television shows and movies, and by snatches of behind-the-scenes...

Motivation: What Characters Really Want – Better Characterization, Part 4

Throughout this series we’ve covered a variety of ways to build a better character using their actions, their dialogue, even their senses. We can add rich depth to our characters with these tools, elevating them from two-dimensional constructs to three-dimensional...

Sensory Perception – Better Characterization, Part 3

In the real world, we tend to only notice the input of our senses when something is wrong. Typically our sensory perception is passive. Our eyes, ears, nose, and skin are always feeding our brains some sort of signal, but that input isn’t always at our top level of...

Character Show & Tell – Better Characterization, Part 2

The old advice is still the best advice: Show, don’t tell. If you haven’t heard that from a creative writing course, or every writing craft book ever, you’ve probably heard it as sage internet wisdom. Heed it well, dear writer, because in those three words is the key...

Protagonists and Point of View – Better Characterization Part 1

Characterization is one of those essential pieces of writer craft—the sort of thing that’s difficult but crucial to master. You can have a profound plot, but without good characters driving it, the thing goes nowhere. Likewise, if you happen to be a discovery writer,...

The Author Industry Inside and Out // Self Publishing Insiders // EP043

Episode Summary When it comes to learning more about being a success in the self-publishing world, you’ll always get the best advice from an insider. And who better to turn to than two guys who aren’t just working for authors, they’re authors themselves! Successful...

The Alliance of Independent Authors with Orna Ross // EP042

Episode Summary When you’re a self-published indie author, there’s allies and then there’s ALLi—the Alliance of Independent Authors. It’s organization built for supporting the author community with resources, representation, and advocacy. Orna Ross discusses all the...
Author Timothy Cerepaka

Writing Cross-Genre with Timothy Cerepaka // Self Publishing Insiders // EP041

Writing cross-genre can be tricky. It means cultivating more than one audience, and not only writing for that audience but marketing specifically to them. Keeping all those plates spinning can be a chore, but Timothy Cerepaka has worked out a process that might help.

Building an Author Career with Christian A. Brown // Self Publishing Insiders // EP040

There are a lot of paths for starting a writing career, and no single path is the “right one” or the “wrong one.” When fantasy author Christian A. Brown started his own writing journey, he learned how to navigate the waters of writing, editing, and marketing.

Getting Law Enforcement right in your writing, with Patrick O’Donnell // Self Publishing Insiders // EP039

Cops, FBI, crime scenes—these have been popular subjects of fiction since the beginning. But getting the details right about law enforcement has become ever more essential.

Balancing the busy author life with Michael LaRonn // Self Publishing Insiders // EP038

You may be a busy author, but you are not a Michael-LaRonn-busy author. There’s rarely anyone with more irons in the fire and more plates spinning. And in this interview, Michael talks about writing from anywhere and keeping the gears oiled and the wheels spinning on a busy author career.

From idea to books, movies, and more with Gregg McBride // Self Publishing Insiders // EP037

Episode Summary Many authors dream of seeing their stories on the screen—whether that turns out to be an original Netflix series, a major motion picture, or a Hallmark Christmas movie. Author and screenwriter Gregg McBride has seen that dream turn to reality, and he's...

Building a Thriller Career with Ernest Dempsey // Self Publishing Insiders // EP036

Episode Summary USA Today bestselling author Ernest Dempsey chats with Kevin Tumlinson about a career writing and publishing archaeological thrillers, including how Ernest markets and promotes his work. [simplecast-embed...

A closer look at Vellum for book layout, with Brad West // Self Publishing Insiders // EP035

Episode Summary Want to make your ebooks and print books look stunning? Vellum has been many authors' tool of choice for years! In this episode, Kevin Tumlinson chats with Vellum Co-Founder Brad West about the automated layout software that makes your books look...

How the Pandemic is Changing Indie Publishing // Self Publishing Insiders // EP034

Episode Summary D2D's own Kevin Tumlinson, Dan Wood, and Mark Leslie Lefebvre chat about global book sales, book marketing, and how the pandemic has influenced and changed indie publishing, all while answering questions about Draft2Digital. [simplecast-embed...

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