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Don’t Let Your Age Be a Reason to Not Write

Today’s guest post is by teen writer Enette Venter. 

If you are a teenager and you are writing, then chances are someone is going to tell you stop. Might be a parent who wants you to follow a better career plan or a friend who thinks you’re just not cut out for it.

Everyone will try to have a say about you and your life the minute you decide to write a book.

“Writing doesn’t really pay,” they’ll tell you.

“Perhaps writing can be your hobby when you’re older.”

“Just don’t let your writing distract you from your schoolwork.” Continue Reading…

Another Great Tahoe Retreat!

This fall, I’m hosting another intimate writers’ retreat at beautiful South Lake Tahoe, CA!

Spots are filling up, so I’m sending this one last blast to give you a chance to join in.

Get inspired, instructed, and refreshed at this top vacation destination as you learn the nuts and bolts of novel structure, work on your ideas and work in progress, get great feedback, ideas, and brainstorming help on your novel—all at one of the most beautiful lake resort areas in the US!

Spend your mornings in intensive instruction, your afternoons writing, your early evenings in discussion, and your nights relaxing—soaking in the hot tub, working on your writing, taking in a show, or enjoying all the South Shore has to offer.  Continue Reading…

Last Day to Get $100 off My Targeting Genre Course!

My brand-new comprehensive course, Targeting Genre for Big Sales, is getting great response. Authors have been writing me and sharing their successes: big sales, hitting the tops of the search results and Amazon best-seller lists.

What I teach in my course is not a mystery or anything complicated. But it’s a compilation and distillation of years of experimentation and suffering disappointing results from numerous marketing approaches.

What I learned goes against what most authors are taught: that they need to put the most effort into building their author platform.

I’ll just say this: all the author platform in the world will get you nowhere if you don’t know how to target genre and target Amazon in a smart way. You can write a terrific book and never, ever sell more than a handful of copies if you don’t know how to optimize for big sales.

In my course I teach you everything I know about selling big on Amazon, the world’s largest bookseller. Continue Reading…