How to plan for a successful writing year

Jean's Writing

Well, everyone knows I’m as slow as molasses about achieving my writing goals, but this year I’m gonna try harder to reach them.Tony Robbins quote We overestimate what we can do in a year and understatement what we can do in five
So, for those of us still working up the nerve to plan our writing projects, I found a really good and informative article. What I like about 2019 Writing Resolutions that Stick: How to Plan Your New Writing Year  By  August Birch
  • A resolution is not enough. Make a plan for each day.(Mine: write posts ahead of time and spend the rest of my time writing on WIP.)
  • Just like a map makes travel less complicated so a plan makes keeps you on the right writing track. (Stick to my plan.)
  • Opportunities abound for writers but so does competition. Compete better by practicing. (I will practice writing something every day.)
  • Breaking a big project down into smaller sections makes it easier. Sort of like eating…

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Are You a POV Snob?

Story Empire

Happy January, SEers! Mae here, with my first post of the New Year, and I’m glad to have you with me. To kick off 2019, I’d like to pose a question.

Bald man with snobbish expressionAre you a POV Snob?

I was (please note the past tense before you round up pitchforks and torches).

Shameful, I know. It’s hard to admit, but there was a time I steered clear of anything written in first person POV or present tense. And God forbid an author wrote in first person and present. Horrors!

Back in the day before ebooks, I loved visiting my local brick-and-mortar bookstore. First, I’d seek out the section for my preferred genre, then look for anything new from my favorite authors. After that, I browsed by book cover and title. I’m one of those readers who does judge a book by its cover, which is why first impressions are important.

If the…

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Bookful, an AR Book App

Nicholas C. Rossis

The White House | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Photo: Pixabay

Augmented Reality (AR) is probably best known from Pokemon GO, a popular game that had millions of players walking the streets staring at their phones, looking for elusive, virtual beasts. Since these beasts could appear pretty much anywhere, from the White House gym to hospital delivery rooms, this generated much publicity and blasted AR into the forefront of new technologies.

So, it’s nice to see people using AR for something less distracting. In fact, I recently came across Bookful, a book app that shows the direction books may take in the near future. Even though I still have to take the plunge into the world of audiobooks, I’m already drooling at the prospect of converting books like Musiville and Runaway Smile into an app like this!

Bookful uses AR to enhance the real-life environment by adding computer-generated objects into your existing surroundings. In simpler terms…

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It’s a New Year!

Can you believe it?

2019 is here and we’ve made it through another holiday season. It seems like it was only yesterday I complained about time flying and how I wasn’t ready for Christmas. And, here we just said HELLO to 2019!

It’s a new year and I can’t wait to see what it will brings us. I hope you’re ready. Ready or not, here we go! Yes, time for a new adventure.

Have you made any new year resolutions? I haven’t this year. At least that’s not what I’m calling them, but I do have goals. Mainly writing and publishing more books, and of course the old lose some weight. What’s yours?

Read more? Start the year off right with the great books below.

Haunted Hearts
(Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery Book 1) – 99 Cents everywhere except Amazon as of midnight Thursday – Get your copy today!

Aunt Lucy is well-preserved for someone who’s been dead twenty years.

Strapped for cash, Lana opens a private investigator business. Who offers to be her first client? No other than her great aunt Lucy—an aunt who has been dead for at least twenty years.

When Lana meets Tony and his grandfather, the case takes on a life of its own.

Tony is reluctant to help because his family blames Lucy for his grandfather’s death.

If Lana solves the murders, her new business will thrive. If she doesn’t, it will kill it before it begins.

Lana comes up with a plan for them to all work together . . . a plan that could bring all the possible suspects together in one place.

But will it work?

Will Lana and her friends be able to solve the twenty-year-old double murder in time? If they can, the ghosts will spend eternity together. If they can’t, they’ll be stuck as Haunted Hearts.

If you enjoy a great ghost story, a laugh or two, and an exciting mystery you’ll love Haunted Hearts. Get it now.

The Lana Malloy Series (in order):
Book 0: Haunting Lana: The Beginning
Book 1: Haunted Hearts
Book 2: Get Out or Die
Book 3: The Wedding Crasher
Book 4: Christmas Cruise
Book 5: Haunted by Her Past
Book 6: Grave Accusations – TBA


Cozy Mysteries

Witch Way to Mistletoe & Murder
(Witch Way Paranormal Cozy Mystery #1)  – Get your copy today!


Harper Jones has it all. Or so she thought, until a series of events sends her world spiraling out of control. In less than twenty-four hours, she loses her witch’s license, her job, and her fiancé.

Returning to her magical hometown of Whitefall Cove for Christmas with nothing but a suitcase and a broken heart, she’s determined to enjoy the holiday and start the new year afresh. Her plans go haywire fast when her old nemesis and high school bully Whitney Sims turns up dead, and Harper is implicated in her murder.

Between a detective who doesn’t appreciate her amateur sleuthing skills, running a bookstore she purchased on a whim, and studying to re-sit her witch’s exam, Harper has her hands full. She’s determined to find out whodunit, and clear her name, but she quickly finds the murderer has other plans.

Witch Way to Mistletoe & Murder is a full-length novel, filled with humor, and is the first book in the Witch Way paranormal cozy mystery series. mystery series.


The Wedding Crasher
Book 3, Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery Series

Ghosts at a wedding! And ghosts on their honeymoon!

Will Lana and Tony get any private time? It’s doubtful with a madman on the loose–one who has a taste for killing. 

After their wedding, Lana and Tony travel to a Blue Ridge Mountain getaway, but Lana’s visions don’t take a holiday. A young woman has been abducted recently and not far from their cozy cabin rental.

Lana fears the threads of death circling the woman. She dives head-on into a dangerous situation, taking Tony with her on a wild chase through rugged mountain terrain.

Can they find the victim before it’s too late . . . before Lana’s fears become reality?

Readers who love top-notch paranormal mysteries will enjoy The Wedding Crasher. Don’t miss out. Get it now.


Romantic Suspense

Change of Heart
(When Midnight Strikes, Book 2)

Priya Banks is excited about going to this year’s New Year’s Eve party because she knows there will be an unlimited supply of drinks and catered gourmet food. No, she doesn’t have anyone to kiss at the stroke of midnight and she’s willing to admit that it’s due to her own stubbornness. Over the past seven months she’s been exchanging emails with a wounded soldier via a military pen pal program. Her communication with Armando Montalvo has led to a great friendship. However, she insists on keeping things between them strictly platonic. All of her past relationships have crashed and burned, so she’d rather play it safe. Too bad Armando has other plans.

There’s nothing like facing death to put things in prospective for a person. Armando Montalvo has a brand new outlook on life thanks to Priya. After surviving a harrowing ambush, he’s placed into a military pen pal program as a part of his rehabilitation. From the first letter that he received from Priya he knew she was different. He could imagine a future with her and knew she felt the same based on her correspondence. So he can’t figure out why she only wants to remain friends. She doesn’t even want to meet him for the fear of ruining the connection that they have. Fortunately he’s not the sort of person to run from a challenge. So when she mentions what she’s going to do for the New Year he sets a plan into motion to make sure she’s ringing it in with him.


A little of Chantelle Rose:
(A Romance, Comedy, Suspense Novel)

A role to play that may strip her of everything, except her name…

Will a million dollars be worth it?

Stuck in a lousy, poorly-paid job, with a tyrannical boss and quite a few exes added to an ever-growing list. Chantelle Rose is more than ready to take the gamble.

But not everything is as clear as it seems…

And what about love? Two men have won her heart: Robbie – sultry, silent, mysterious; and Lionel –
Hollywood heart-throb, charm, wealth, adventure.

But who can she trust? Who is bent on scaring her away, and why?

There seems to be more at stake than just her heart.

An extremely witty romance with a twist. If you’re looking for a new heroine to escape with, don’t miss out on this Romance, Comedy, Suspense Novel…


All This Time
Book 1, Style and Profile Series

Busy CEO, Jenny, needs a baby—fast.
Is her best friend, Trevor, up to the challenge?
But first, who is out to destroy her company?

At thirty, Jenny’s biological clock is ticking. But as a fashion magazine CEO with a busy schedule and no significant other, her wish is unlikely to come true.

When her father receives a potentially terminal diagnosis, he longs for a grandchild before he dies.

Jenny’s only available option is her single co-worker and best friend, Trevor. Can she really trust him? Once burned and twice shy, she has her doubts.

After Trevor learns of her predicament, he believes it could be his chance to show her how much he cares.

As if they don’t have enough on their plate, someone is out to destroy Jenny and the magazine.

Get it now.

If you enjoy a book with twists and turns, you’ll love All This Time.


That’s it for now! Blessing to all in 2019.

Best Wishes,

Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery Series
Haunting Lana // Haunted Hearts // Get Out or Die // The Wedding Crasher // Christmas Cruise // Haunted by Her Past // 2-Book Set (1&2) // 2-Book Set (3&4) // 3-Book Set (1,2,3) // 4-Book Set (First 4)

Style & Profile Series
All This Time // Before We Wed // 2-Book Set (1&2)

Wandering Spirits Series
Wandering Spirits I // Wandering Spirits II

Stand Alone Books
Suspicious Minds // Love’s Endurance

Short Story Anthology
Dream, Conquer, and Love

Time to get down to the business of writing

Jean's Writing

Now the holidays are past it’s time to get that book finished.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve procrastinated enough. My WIP has languished on my computer like an undernourished waif in a Charles Dickens novel. Time to resuscitate that little devil and breathe it back to life.

So if you’re also ready to get back to work, let’s go.

One of my issues in the past was plotting and planning. I don’t do a lot of either. Nor do I do them well. LOL

But everyone knows good results begin with a good plan.

As a Panster, I find simple is best. Who am I kidding simple works best for everything?

Do you too, have an issue getting started?

Trying to figure out where and when to begin?

There is a simple method to quickly plan out a story, courtesy of Joanne over at JoanneWritesBooks.

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Blog Review by ServiceScape

Nicholas C. Rossis

ServiceScape | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksEven though I normally avoid tooting my own horn, I’ll make an exception today for the simple reason that this piece of news shows how great YOU are for following my blog!

Headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts ServiceScape has been promoting and hosting exceptional talent for over 15 years. It connects clients with freelancers like writers, editors, designers, and translators. The company has some impressive statistics: 267,000+ completed projects, 81,000+ registered clients, and an average rating of 4.90/5. I, for one, have decided to register there, so I’ll let you know how that goes.

Anyway, ServiceScape recently contacted me to ask for my permission to feature my blog on their site. Naturally, I agreed, and the end result was jaw-dropping. Written by Tonya Thompson, the post was a well-researched article with five excellent reasons to follow this very blog.

From “Reason #1: Nicholas C. Rossis is a fascinating author” to detailed mentions of my…

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How to Write a Recipe Book That Sells

A Writer's Path

by Doug Lewars

I find it hard to believe but recipe books do sell. The thing to remember is that precious few readers are likely to make much use of the recipes. The number one thing that draws readers is the fantasy of the thing. We might all like to dine on Sacher Torte but would we really want to spend the time and effort to make one?

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Learning More about Other Genres

Story Empire

blank pageCiao, SEers. In the spirit of the new year (and all things new) I thought I’d broach a subject that’s foremost in my mind these days—new projects. Specifically, starting a new story or series in a genre you haven’t written in before. There’s nothing more daunting than staring at a blank page.

Unless, of course, you’re staring at a blank page and are at a complete loss as to what to say.

It might seem counterintuitive that a writer, whose primary purpose is to tell a story, would sit to start brainstorming or plotting or writing without some idea in his or her head. I suppose it is, if you think of a writer starting with a completely blank slate. I mean, who among us would try to tell a story without at least a seed of an idea to nurture?

That’s not what I mean. I’m talking about waking…

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Amazon Advertising for KDP Authors in 2019



As of 2019, Amazon modified how their advertising campaigns work, so this seems like a good time for a new article about how to use it.

I started using Amazon’s advertising feature several years ago, when it was first introduced to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).

Since then, my ads have generated over 100 million impressions. So I have a little experience with how this works.

Advertising is one of many marketing tools. Like most marketing tools, you probably won’t blindly achieve instant success.

And like any paid marketing tool, advertising carries risk. If you aren’t careful, you can spend a lot of money quickly, and you might not recover your investment.

Advertising probably isn’t the solution for a book that isn’t selling on its own. It works better for some books than others, and for some authors than others. The success of the ad depends on…

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How to Do an Author School Visit

A Writer's Path

by ARHuelsenbeck

Today’s article is for teachers and librarians and media specialists as well as for authors of books for children and teens.

When my children were in school, occasionally a form came home explaining that an author was visiting the school and my child could purchase a book which would be signed by the author.

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