Getting To Dragon Anywhere

First I had to buy new Mac, because my old Mac would not run the current latest greatest version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. That was about 2500 bucks. And so far I like this version pretty well. But then I wanted to record into a digital recorder while I was out an about. So I bought a really good microphone to go with my digital recorder. And since I'm using a Mac, I had to buy a USB thingy to go with the microphone.  But the problem I found with that, was I could dictate the story as ... [Continue Reading]

How to Reach More Readers with Ebook Preorder

This article about Smashwords preorders was originally posted at:  and is posted here with permission. If you're planning to publish a book in the next 12 months, this post will teach you how to use ebook preorders to reach more readers.  You'll learn why an ebook preorder is an ESSENTIAL component of every successful book launch. Two years ago Smashwords announced preorder distribution to Apple iBooks, Barnes ... [Continue Reading]

Should You Build Your Own Author Website?

If you have more time than money, then yes. But your time really is best spent writing more books I think. Setting up a professional Wordpress website to represent your brand is not something that can be done in 15 minutes as some folks would have you believe. But I think you can get damn close using Flywheel.  And what's really cool about Flywheel is you can try it out for free to see how simple it is.  I set up a blog for my friend using Flywheel that loads faster than any of my websites ... [Continue Reading]

Writing As a Business

Learning the Craft vs. Just Doing It Everybody has an opinion. Just like sitting at the Blackjack table listening to someone who is winning and sharing their views on how to beat the house. Some people can write stories naturally that sell. They just have the ability to formulate a story from day one of the process. Others, like me, have that deer in the headlights look when trying to get our story out. I’m not exactly an idiot, but let’s just say I don’t want to look like one. So, I ... [Continue Reading]

James Patterson MasterClass

When Joanna Penn mentioned James Patterson's Masterclass on Facebook, I went and checked it out. A few minutes later I was enrolled. When the world's best-selling author shares how he does it, I'm all ears. Best $90 I've spent on training yet. According to the lesson plan, it's a six-week course. Included in the course is Patterson's outline of his book Honeymoon. I printed out the PDF and have been reading the book as I go through the outline. Very enlightening. That alone was worth the ... [Continue Reading]