• Young woman speaks different languages opening a box with international flags flying away
    A Look at the Viability of AI translation Most authors understand that the United States is not the only place with millions of potential readers. In fact, the United States is not even the largest market for English-language readers. India gets that designation. Yet the majority of independent authors distribute only within the U.S. The few that go beyond that only include Canada, U.K., Australia, and New Zealand. In fact, there are 27 countries around the world where English is the primary language and an additional17 countries were English is an official language in addition to one or more other
  • colorful seasons depicted in the background with Course Schedule written on top
    NOTE: This post was updated April 15, 2021 to reflect changes in the calendar based on changing demographics and a first quarter survey of student needs. It also reflects updates on courses that have been removed from future offerings. Our Live courses have been filling quickly in September and October. I’m so happy that people are loving the small class size of only seven participants. Based on the first three classes I offered, I think it’s the perfect size. Large enough to have a variety of experiences to share, and small enough that every student gets the answers they need
  • Woman jumping forward in a building that appears to be falling apart
    It’s been a long while since I’ve written a blog posts for writers. There are a thousand reasons I haven’t been posting, but I won’t bore you with them here. Some people thrive when the world is in chaos and it dries them to escape to their writing rooms. I know several authors who have been more productive than ever during this time of pandemic. Others, like me, find themselves with far too many non-writing things pulling them away. I have been writing blog posts and articles, but not about the writing life or technology or the writing business. I’ve
  • picture of a blog post and how it transformed into an ebook
    I wish it was easy to take a series of blogs and turn them into a book and simply start collecting the money. It’s not. It’s a lot of work, but it can be worth it depending on what you hope to get out of that effort. I’ve seen several articles or comments on articles where some people mistakenly believe you can take twenty blog posts that are around the same subject, drop them into a document as is, put them in some logical order and have a book. Sure you have to create a simple graphic with the title
  • picture of a woman holding a tablet with bubbles of software types floating around her head.
    Every writer has certain software tools that she depends on to make her life easier. The ten tools below are my choices. I’m picky about software that works for the way both my creative brain and business brain work. For me time is money. Note that all links below go directly to vendors. I am not affiliated with any of them. These are just the tools that work well for me at a price I deem reasonable for the things I need them to do. Write with Microsoft Word. ($59-$79 for one digital license and download) Call me old fashioned
  • picture of man on cell phone looking at emails
    One of the first things you are told to do for your writing business is to set up an email list of readers. I talked about why writers need an email list in a previous article. Once you’ve made the decision that you need an email list, the next step is deciding how to make that happen. When you are sending one email at a time with unique information for that individual, it is true that you must handle it on your own. However, if you are growing your email list correctly, you will soon be sending mass emails to