Reading, wRiting, and Roaming with Author Valerie Biel

January 18, 2024

TK Sheffield and I had so much fun creating the 2023 Plotting Series together that we decided to continue our partnership in 2024. We felt the video format is so much more fun than standard blog posts that we’ve started a podcast. (Which is kind of ironic, because here I am talking about the podcast in a regular blog post.)

ABOUT THE PODCAST:

Welcome to the WisMissus Podcast: Reading, Writing & Roaming around Wisconsin, the Midwest, & Beyond. 

This is a podcast for authors by authors! (And also readers who want the scoop on what authors are REALLY thinking.) Join Valerie Biel and TK (Tracey) Sheffield as we share topics to help our fellow writers as well as fun tidbits on what we’re reading and where we’re roaming. We're planning nine episodes in... Continue Reading

January 12, 2024

Welcome to a new author series . . . Strange but True: Tales from Authors . . . where we'll learn the weirdest or possibly the most ambitious thing authors have done or learned for their writing. As an author I know that we often come across incredibly odd facts in our research, and sometimes, we endeavor to learn things firsthand, so we can describe it better in our stories. Has an author gained a new skill, traveled somewhere dangerous/exotic, tried a crazy sport? Inquiring minds want to know. 

I am pleased to welcome the first author in this new series, Saralyn Richard! Here's her strange but true story . . . 

One of the most important, ambitious, and interesting parts of writing fiction is research, and I also find it fun. When I started... Continue Reading

December 20, 2023

Survey Results: The State of Indie Authorship

Word of the Year 2023

Best Book Marketing Articles in 2023

2024 Literary Calendar

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Survey Results: The State of Indie Authorship

The Written Word Media survey is in . . . with more than 2,000 responses, this is their biggest sample ever. It’s divided into sections and provides key information on author income, book marketing, book pricing, cover design, how authors distribute their books, and more. This is quite the treasure trove of information.

https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/survey-results-the-state-of-indie-authorship/

Word of the Year... Continue Reading

November 29, 2023

Conference Recap 20 Books to 50k VEGAS

What’s the Future of Books

Earn Six Figures as an Author With This One Weird Trick

Holiday Gifts for Writers (and regular people, too LOL)

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Conference Recap 20 Books to 50k VEGAS

I went to the 20 Books to 50k Conference in Vegas earlier this month. This is a conference geared mainly toward those who indie publish their books, often with multiple series and multiple pen names. It’s mostly focused on marketing, but there were plenty of craft sessions, too. This was the biggest author-centric conference I’ve ever attended with nearly 2000 authors in person and many more joining in virtually. Here’s the good news for YOU (if you're an author.) Nearly all the sessions were... Continue Reading

November 17, 2023

I spent last week in Vegas at the 20 Books to 50k Conference. This is a conference geared mainly toward those who indie publish their books, often with multiple series and multiple pen names. It’s mostly focused on marketing, but there were plenty of craft sessions, too.

This was the biggest author-centric conference I’ve ever attended with nearly 2000 authors in person and many more joining in virtually. (I’ve been to Colleen Hoover’s Book Bonanza, which is probably a little bigger, but that event is fan focused with only 170 or so authors in attendance.)

Here’s the good news for YOU (if you're an author.)

Nearly all the sessions were recorded and will be available for you to watch for free in a few weeks.

The most valuable parts of the conference... Continue Reading

November 16, 2023

We're gearing up for the holidays with the annual great gifts post from author T.K. (Tracey Kathryn) Sheffield. And I love, love, love that's she's suggesting a lot of 'experiences' vs. gifts. But I'd be remiss if I didn't congratulate Tracey on the release of her debut novel this past week. It's a fantastic cozy mystery, she gives a description of it below, but I enjoyed this book so much, I want to share my review here before we get into her post!

MODEL SUSPECT: VAL'S REVIEW

"Better than Janet Evanovich! It’s rare that a book makes me laugh out loud this much . . . usually it is the antics of Stephanie Plum that have me chuckling (sometimes loud enough to wake my husband.) But now we have Mel Tower! And... Continue Reading

November 9, 2023

We're joined today by another fellow Blackbird Writer, Sharon Lynn, who is sharing her wisdom on what she wishes she could tell her prepublished self as well as what she always does to make book launches successful. Sharon’s Cotswold Crimes Mystery series is a delight to read. (Check out more about these books below!)

ABOUT SHARON:

Her novels and short stories are about courageous, clever women solving suspenseful mysteries, with the vibrant cultures and scandalous crimes of Arizona and Southern California serving as the inspirations for many of those stories. Although it was living in... Continue Reading

November 2, 2023

Today's guest post comes to us from Evonne Marzouk, author of The Prophetess. As writers, we often hear of the hero's journey, but we don't often dissect the heroine's journey and how it differs. Evonne's post gives us great insight into this female perspective. 

“Storytelling is universal and is as ancient as humankind. Before there was writing, there was storytelling. It occurs in every culture and from every age. It exists (and existed) to entertain, to inform, and to promulgate cultural traditions and values.” – National Geographic

When I set out to write my novel... Continue Reading

October 27, 2023

FTC Sues Amazon for Illegally Maintaining Monopoly Power

Why / How One Author Isn’t Selling Her Book on Amazon

Writing Books Remains a Tough Way to Make a Living (ya think??)

How Books Are Sold: Things You’d Rather Not Know About Publishing

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FTC Sues Amazon for Illegally Maintaining Monopoly Power

This is an ongoing legal battle that is quickly summarized on the FTC’s own website asserting: "Amazon’s ongoing pattern of illegal conduct blocks competition, allowing it to wield monopoly power to inflate prices, degrade quality, and stifle innovation for consumers and businesses.”

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October 19, 2023

You may remember Sherrill Joseph from her previous visit to my blog where she shared what she wished she could tell her pre-published self (Publishing World Wisdom with Sherrill Joseph). Sherrill and I are both members of the mystery, thriller, suspense group—Blackbird Writers. It’s been a delight to get to know Sherrill and today you get to know her better, too. She recently released the fifth book in her Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries series . . . and just like the four previous books, this one is a great mystery for young readers and adults, too.  

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