The Indie Journey Continues

Posted On Mar 23 2015 by

Last year I was posting daily updates on my indie journey. It was fun, showing the readers of my blog how I managed to squeeze out my daily word count, take care of editing, marketing, and such. Then a funny thing happened along the way. I was burning out. Not on the writing. I still blasted through my daily goals, completing four novel drafts last year. But the daily posts, despite their only taking up ten minutes of my day, were draining me. I needed that ten minutes. Indies work hard. It’s the hardest work I’ve ever undertaken. My friends, …


Now I Knew You to Release this weekend

Posted On Mar 20 2015 by

The day has finally arrived. My first book (meaning, my first book of the eight I’ve written that I feel is worthy of publication) will post to Amazon tomorrow. Now I Knew You came to life for the first time about a year ago. I wanted to write a book about the choices we make when we’re young and how they impact us and those we love. More importantly, I wanted to write a book about how we can still find happiness, even after the most disastrous of choices. I think it’s something every reader can relate to. Unless, of …


The Christian Indie Authors

Posted On Sep 26 2014 by

Usually when I go to a writer’s conference, I’m inspired to create, to improve my craft, and just be a better writer. This year’s ACFW conference in St. Louis is no exception. Yesterday began with an early bird session with none other than Chris Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey. I came out of there with a great refresher on some essential plot points ready to take my current wip up a notch. But then I met up with some of my writerbuds from the Christian Indie Author group on facebook. And i was hit with a whole new level …


My Indie Journey – 2 month report

Posted On Aug 31 2014 by

  Okay, my first 2 month segment is complete. As you may recall, my production schedule requires that I complete a stage of a novel’s development every 2 months. So, from July 1st through August 31st, my goal was: Plot and Outline one novel. In this case, it’s my middle grade historical, Scorpion Summer. Complete the first draft of a novel. As of yesterday, I finished the first draft of my YA Contemporary, Now I Knew You. Edit a previous novel, Camp Dogs. Tomorrow begins a new 2 month period. Everything shifts to the next stage and I add a new novel to …


Choosing Directions

Posted On Aug 27 2014 by

Photo Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons and JLSeagull   The Genre Juggle When you get to a fork in the road, take it. That about sums up my decision making process lately. Most authors do a lot of genre hopping with their first books, usually the unpublished ones. That’s fine. We’re learning how to write with those first five or six novels. A little game of musical genres is good for skill building. But then we get to this place where we’re ready to put our books on the market. My first, Camp Dogs, will hit Amazon in November, God …


My Indie Journey – Month 2, Day 20

Posted On Aug 20 2014 by

It’s been a rough week. An upper respiratory has kept me miserable and without motivation. But I’m staying on task. Now that my first 60 day segment is almost to an end, I’m encouraged. The rough draft is fairly easy to crank out in two months. The plotting for the next book as well, although I will use the Snowflake method from start to finish on the next one (which I’ve yet to decide on). As for editing the last book, that has moved way too slow and I’m behind on that. So I’ll make more of an effort to …