Why I Don’t Review Books as a Writer

One of the most important ways to support an author—aside from buying their book—is to review the book online at sites like Goodreads, Amazon, or LibraryThing. Reviews give books “street cred” in that the more reads and valid reviews a book has, the more it appeals to potential readers as a quality published work. Of…

How To Establish (Small) Normals

Routine is the essence of normality, and normality is the foundation of security.  That loss of routine–as many people transition from daily commutes and public-facing work schedules to telework, stay-at-home orders, and even layoffs–can compound our (very valid) fears of this deadly global pandemic and the ensuing economic chaos. It’s helpful in times like these…

Monthly Mental Munchies: March 2020

This March has lasted a millennium, hasn’t it? It’s not just me, right? Not only did we have to contend with five—count them, FIVE—Mondays this month, but a horrifying pandemic and nationwide near-lockdown has been added to the mix. Nothing stretches out time like seclusion and boredom. It’s a good thing we live in a…

Defining Your Success as a Writer

When you imagine yourself as a successful author, what do you see? A popular genre franchise that begets movie deals and amusement parks? The phrases “critically-acclaimed novelist” or “bestselling author” in front of your name? A modest yet solid reputation as a prolific indie author? Your name on the byline of a few literary magazines?…