I do a lot of research for my J.F.Penn thrillers and strive for historical accuracy in all my books, but … More Accuracy Vs Authenticity: 5 Tips For Writing Immersive Historical Fiction
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With every year that passes on my author journey, I realize more and more the importance of routine and consistent … More The Importance Of Creative Process: 5 Key Conditions To Help You Thrive
Seven years ago, in Sept 2011, I left my day job to become a full-time author-entrepreneur. Every year since I … More Lessons Learned From 7 Years As An Author Entrepreneur
When you read a lot of novels, it feels like it should be an easy leap into writing them. But … More Writing Tips: 6 Things To Consider Before Writing A Novel
Book reviews are important for social proof as well as getting marketing opportunities like BookBub placement, for mining quotes for … More Book Marketing: 10 Ways To Get Reviews For Your Book
Today I’m talking about something close to my heart – how to re-focus your priorities when you have too much … More Too Much To Do? How To Re-Focus Your Writing Priorities
I’m a travel junkie and if you’ve read any of my thrillers, you’ll know how much of my experience is … More 4 Ways Travel Can Enrich Your Writing
Today I’m talking about a common question I get asked all the time: how much time do you spend writing … More How Much Time Do You Spend Writing And How Much Time Marketing?
Punctuation is one of the most basic tools in the writer’s toolbox. But let’s face it, we all struggle with … More Punctuation Without Tears: 4 Tips For Professional Punctuation
It’s the time of year when I report on my book sales and reflect on what I could do better! … More Author Earnings: My 2018 Breakdown Of Book Sales By Format, Genre, Vendor And Country
Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment of publishing and although many authors choose Amazon’s own ACX.com and Audible as primary … More Producing An Audiobook With Findaway Voices
Characters are not real people – but readers have to experience the slice of life you portray in your book … More Writing Fiction: How To Write Evocative Characters Through Action And Strong Language
If you are struggling to get words onto the blank page, don’t just sit there. Fill your creative well. In … More Writing Tips: Find Inspiration In Your Environment
Most writers have struggled with getting the words on the page at some point. But writer’s block is not a … More Writing Tips: How To Deal With Writer’s Block
“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching … More Why Write A Non-Fiction Book?
Today I’m talking about money – and specifically the difference between income, profit and cash flow. You can read the … More Money For Authors: Income, Profit, And Cashflow
We’re writers so our default way of exploring and understanding the world is through words. But in this increasingly noisy … More 7 Ways To Market Your Book With Visual Storytelling
Let’s face it, none of us would do book marketing if we could find someone else to do it for … More Hate Book Marketing? 4 Tips To Help You Change Your Mindset and Sell More Books
“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life … For he does his work alone and if he is a … More Writing Doesn’t Have To Be Lonely. How To Find A Community
Readers do judge a book by its cover. Whether they are wandering through a physical bookstore or scrolling through an … More How To Create A Compelling Book Cover
Most writers start out wanting to write the best book possible, but once it’s published, they often wonder why they … More 4 Critical Mindset Shifts You Need If You Want To Make A Living Writing
Most authors do not make a full-time living from book sales alone. Figures from The Society of Authors report that … More It’s Not Just Book Sales. How Authors Make A Living.