Self-Pub 101: Live Events for Indie Authors

A redheaded woman in a green and silver costume poses at GenCon

I know, I know, most writers are introverts, so you just looked at the title of this blog post and shuddered. But don’t worry, live events don’t have to be torture! In fact, live events have been, in my experience, very good days in terms of sales, and very good days in general. This may not hold true for everyone, but you won’t know unless you try! One caveat here–if you write fiction, … Continue reading

Sunday Snippet: Stormseer

A stone city arch at night - inspiration for Stormseer by Stephanie A. Cain

I’m still hard at work on Stormseer, and it’s closer than ever to being publication-ready. I’m aiming for a late March release date. In the meantime, I thought I’d offer a snippet of the novel-in-progress and a glimpse at some of the sources of my inspiration. I use Pinterest to gather images that inspire me, and usually when I start working on a project, I put together a collage wallpaper … Continue reading

What I’ve Learned About Writing From My Cats

Eustace helps write

Here’s the blog post you knew was coming. The crazy cat lady is going to try to say writing is like being a crazy cat lady. But hear me out! Every project is different. Strider takes kitty Prozac because he pees in inappropriate places. It’s something that started after I brought in my third cat, Eustace, and Strider doesn’t have any health problems, so I know it’s behavioral. He’s marking his territory. Strider … Continue reading

Book Review: Self-Publishers Ultimate Resource Guide

Red and white book cover of The Self Publisher's Ultimate Resource Guide

I had the opportunity this week to review the Self-Publishers Ultimate Resource Guide (Amazon affiliate link) by Joel Friedlander and Betty Kelly Sargent. First off, I’ll say that I was given a free digital copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. But I’ll follow that up by saying that I think $7.99 is a good price for this resource, especially since the authors intend to keep updating this guide on … Continue reading

How I’ve Started Writing Every Day

A 2015 calendar with happy-face stickers on the first 23 days of the year

Everyone has seen the advice that writers should write every day. I’ve never believed that taking a day off here and there is as much of a sin as a lot writers seem to think. But then again, I’ve also never been as productive (or as published) as those writers who say you need to write every day. This year I have finally buckled down to the resolution of writing at … Continue reading

Stormshadow Amazon Countdown Sale

As a mid-winter gift to my readers, I’ve set up an Amazon Countdown deal that started this morning! Right now the price of the Stormshadow ebook is $0.99, and that price will last until tomorrow at 7 pm EST. The price will go to $1.99 at that time, and it’ll stay $1.99 until December 21 at midnight PST. This is a great time to buy Stormshadow on Amazon! As a side note, I told … Continue reading

What to Get a Self-Published Author for Christmas

A pile of brightly-wrapped Christmas presents

Are you shopping for a self-published author? Are you tired of giving them notebooks and pens for Christmas? (Hint: You shouldn’t be.) Do you want something more meaningful or significant than yet another book on how to market your novel? Then you’re at the right blog! I have a list of fantastic suggestions for you! Buy their book. This is the best present you can give a self-published author. If you’ve … Continue reading

Book Review: Book Marketing Is Dead

Cover of book titled Book Marketing Is Dead by Derek Murphy

How do you market a self-published book into a best-seller? Start with the absolute best book you can produce. This isn’t really a new idea–marketing experts have long been touting the importance of having a good cover design, professional editing, and excellent back copy–but it doesn’t end there. Author Derek Murphy starts out Book Marketing Is Dead by covering some of the basics, and then adds a number of things an indie … Continue reading

Small Business Saturday 2014

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday, and I’m excited to be part of a great event in downtown Lafayette today! My friend Laura VanArendonk Baugh will also be participating, along with several other fantastic authors. Robots & Rogues is my favorite indie bookstore, and I’m sure they’ll have something for everyone on your Christmas list, so be ready to buy all kinds of books and #ShopSmall! What: Small … Continue reading

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Event Added: Allen County Public Library Author Fair

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be participating in Allen County Public Library’s 2014 Author Fair this November! If you live near Fort Wayne, this is a great chance to come see me and other authors, buy signed copies of our books, and sit in on panel discussions! Laura VanArendonk Baugh and I will be participating in the “Reach Your Readers: How to Survive and Thrive in the World of Self- and E-Publishing” panel at 2 pm. I think this event will be a lot of fun, and I hope you’ll come see us!