The Beginning Professional Writer

Until now, as a writer, all you’ve focused on is the Craft of writing.

However, your writing is not the same thing as your business.

This book gives you a combination of career and writer/life advice to help you take that next step, and go from being merely a writer to being a professional, from someone who has had to learn all this the hard way.

Some of the topics discussed include:

DBAs
Intellectual property
Money
Communication
Self-confidence 101
The physicality of writing
What’s stopping you from writing

The ebook is available from Amazon, Kobo Books, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and the paper version is available from Createspace.

The Beginning Professional Publisher

Brand new updated edition!

This book isn’t going to give you all the answers about publishing. Everything is changing too fast for that.

Instead, this book will help you figure out the questions you need to be asking, right now and tomorrow and direct you to areas you need to think about.

This book covers some of the universal things in publishing, such as: organizing your computer, your publishing schedule, contracts, etc. It also highlights the things that are driven by the genre of your project, such as covers, price, and marketing.

Learn from someone who has already learned some of this the hard way. And continues to figure it out.

Some of the topics discussed include:

Producing Easy Books
Organizing Your Computer
Ideas In Marketing
What Happens When You Do Strike it Big?
Distribution and Branding

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The Intermediate Professional Storyteller

 

This book is a follow up to book three in the Business For Breakfast series, The Beginning Professional Storyteller written by Blaze Ward.

So. You’re a writer.

You’re no longer a beginning writer, however. You’ve mastered some of the elements of your craft, have learned the basics of storytelling, are starting to see some success.

What do you need to take you to the next level, though? This book is aimed at the intermediate. Not the beginner. Not the advanced. But the writer who is actively working on their craft and yearns to improve.

This book is as much of a guide as anything else. Every chapter has a section called “Clues”—questions that you can ask yourself about your writing to see if you need to work on this technique or not.

Some of the topics discussed include:

Character and Setting
Pacing
Trust the Process
Writing Techniques
Reader Expectations

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Business Planning for Professional Publishers

So. You’d like to take your publishing business to the next level, and want to create a business plan to help you get there.

But all of those stupid business books make no sense. They were not written for you.

The writers of those books mean well. But they’re talking to other business types and MBAs.

If you hate spreadsheets, and have problems understanding business books, this one (and this series!) may be just what you need.

 

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The Healthy Professional Writer

So. You’re a writer. And like most people, writer or not, you’d like to become healthier.

Whatever that means.

There’s a lot of advice out there. However, most of it comes from people who have always been healthy, or who aren’t writers. Plus, they don’t encourage you to define health for yourself.

This book is my personal journey to health, along with a lot of tips and tricks for how you, as a writer, can start “leveling up” your writing to be healthier and happier.

If you are struggling with your own health journey and connecting that to your writing, this book may be just what you need.

For those of you doing NaNoWriMo, this book also includes a couple chapters on “marathoning”–both writing a lot in a short amount of time, as well as how to prepare for a marathon so you can do it without killing yourself.

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Growing as a Professional Artist

So, you commit art.

However, you feel…stuck. Unsatisfied. You want to do more as an artist. Can do more.

You just don’t know how.

You’ve seen all the advice books out there, all meant to help you. Most of them come from people who are not artists, haven’t struggled with the fear.

This book may help you, but you have to want to change and then be willing to do the hard work.

Inside, find straightforward advice on things you need to think about to grow as an artist. The “Check Ins” provide thoughtful questions, meant to get you pointed in the right direction.

You must to do the work. I cannot want it more than you do.

The Business for Breakfast series contains bite-sized business advice. This is a 201 level book, with intermediate advice for the professional.

Be sure to read all the books in this series!

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Covers for the Professional Publisher

Readers really do judge books by its cover. It’s frequently the first thing that a reader encounters. Maybe the last, if its not compelling.

A beautiful cover isn’t enough. If the cover doesn’t suit your story, if it doesn’t instantly convey the correct genre and tone, doesn’t re-enforce your author brand, it will do you more harm than good.

This book isn’t to teach you how to create your own covers. Instead, it’s to help you learn about covers, learn about design, learn about genre and tone.

Topics include:
Knowing Your Genre
Using Fonts
Elements of a Cover
Paper Book Covers

If you are a new publisher just starting out, or an experienced hand who woke up one morning and discovered that the old tricks didn’t work anymore, this book is for you.

The Business for Breakfast series contains bite-sized business advice. This is a 201 level book, with intermediate-level advice for the professional.

Be sure to read all the books in this series!

Available at your favorite retailers.

NaNoWriMo For The Rest Of Us

NaNo Cover

NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – when people all over the world decide to write an entire novel – 50,000 words – during the month of November.

Do those other NaNo books discourage you? The ones that require daily check-ins, logs, and spreadsheets? What if you’re not a project manager, but really an artist at heart?

This book isn’t like those. Instead, it’s about finding YOUR process, determining what works best for you, as well as finding joy in the writing.

From the planning you need to do before November 1st to get you into the midst of it easier, this book steps you through the process of what you should do for November, and then how to go about organizing that book come January first.

If you’re a new writer just starting out, or a more experienced hand who’s dreading their annual commitment come November, this book will give you a different approach to NaNo.

Topics include:
Outlining or not?
Building the Writing Habit
The Voices Outside of You
Finishing up

The Business for Breakfast series contains bite-sized business advice. This is a 101 level book, with beginning-level advice for the professional writer.

Be sure to read all the books in this series!

Available from your favorite retailers.

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