When I First Realized I Could Be An Author

When I was fourteen or fifteen, I read Eragon by Christopher Paolini for the first time. While I loved the story and was enthralled with all things dragon for a while, it wasn’t until Eldest came out that I realized that Paolini was being hailed as a prodigy. A homeschool graduate, he’d finished his education […]

What Makes a Book a Best-Seller?

Since I published The Gravedigger’s Guild, I’ve had a lot of people ask how sales are doing and (good-naturedly) rib me about when they can expect to see me become a best-selling author. I thought it would be interesting to share what it means to be a best-seller. First, there are two major distinctions among […]

How Much It Cost Me To Self-Publish My First Book

One of the things that I didn’t realize when I first began my self-publishing journey was just how much it was going to cost me to publish The Gravedigger’s Guild. Don’t get me wrong- I knew I was starting a business. And businesses had start-up costs. But how much could it be? Self-publishing is “free” […]

To Begin, Begin: And Other Words of Advice I’ve Followed This Year

I am a “productive procrastinator” in a major way. I like to do my research and know all the best strategies and outcomes and have several back-up options before I begin a major project. I want things to turn out perfectly. As you can imagine, this often leads to a never-ending loop of research and […]