Why you Should NaNoWriMo This November

NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) is a quirky 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that initiates a monthlong writing challenge in a fun way! Yes, you read that right: write a novel in 30 days! It’s not impossible and what do you have to lose?   Taking the NaNoWriMo challenge means that a writer has pledged, along…

Curious to Know How Much Authors are Actually Earning per Publishing Platform?

I was, too. Check out these reports on AuthorEarnings.com. This website offers interesting data on who’s making money in the publishing industry if you haven’t learned this bit of information yet.  According to reports published on this site, Indie published e-book sales are doing a lot better than traditional publishers.  Surprise, surprise. Indie publishers are…

2016 Honolulu Writers, Authors, and Poets Gathering

The 2016 Honolulu Writers, Authors, and Poets Gathering and the 2016 Pacific Rim Book Awards has officially come and gone! I just wanted to take the time to say that it was an honor to be able to attend as faculty. It’s definitely an event writers in Hawaii and far away should check out! I…

Why Some People Should Avoid College

      Are you confused or stressed out about whether or not you should go to college? Good, that means you’re actually thinking critically about it. Family, friends, and society in general will tell you that it’s what you should do and that you won’t amount to very much if you decide not to…

Every Writer Needs a Mood Board

A method that I learned while attending art classes at a community college in Virginia was the use of mood boards to develop ideas. The point of a mood board is to physically demonstrate what’s going on in that beautiful mind of yours!  A mood board promotes the artistic style that you want, encourages artistic consistency, and…

Money Matters: How Much Should a Proofreader/Editor get Paid?

It was awkward the first time someone asked me how much I charged for my services. In the beginning, it hadn’t occurred to me that this question would even come up and as a result, I completely lowballed myself. I ended up practically doing the job for free. There’s going to be a disparity between what…