What Is an ISBN Anyway, and Do I Really Need One?

This is a great breakdown about ISBNs for the self-publisher.  Great information I needed, therefore I’m sharing to others who might want the info as well.

Let me know in the comments below if you use this same technique for your ISBNs, or do something different.



Expensive and totally NOT sexy, ISBNs can be a headache for self-publishing authors. Do you need one? What kind? And how do you get it?

Source: What Is an ISBN Anyway, and Do I Really Need One?


10 Things Indie Authors Do Wrong & 7 They Nail

Great blog and Infographic that I wanted to share from Derek Murphy.  I think this is a great summary on what to do as well.  Take a peek below and check out the full blog via the link, good points well made; certainly worth your time.

In the comments below let me know what else Indie Authors are doing right or wrong – let’s add to the list.

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I wrote an article a year ago about what I see most self-publishing authors doing wrong. They’re still doing it. So I made a new post… with a big infographic. If you want to help indie …

Source: 10 things indie authors are doing wrong (and 7 things they’re doing right) | Creativindie

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How to Stay Motivated in Your Writing

I’ve been struggling lately with my edits and rewrites.  What is boils down to isn’t necessarily time, its motivation.  I’m in a little rut with a timeline that’s looming and I can’t seem to get in gear, I’d rather spend time with the family or get to bed at a decent hour and try for 6 hours sleep over 4.  It’s awful my excuses, I think we all go through it.  I came across this article and it hit the nail on the head for me and it may do the same for you, therefore, I’m sharing below.

I’m making the time and pushing through a particular section in my book today.  At least I’m well rested today 🙂

Let me know below how you stay motivated in your writing or editing process – sharing is caring and inspiration is free.


Sometimes you’re not in the mood to write, but you know that you should.  Maybe you’ve set a goal and hope to reach it, or you’re on a deadline.  Here are a few strategies that you can use to get s…

Source: Getting Started – David Farland | Story Doctor

Book Reviews for Q1 2016

I’m taking the opportunity to review a few books that I’ve read starting this year’s reading challenge.  I have been doing the reading challenge in Goodreads now for few years this year my target is 50 books, I’m a bit behind but catching up.  Anywho – if you don’t know what Goodreads is, check it out – I describe it as FaceBook for readers to an extent.  Below each book is a link to my Goodreads review.


The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins – My rating 4 stars

This is a wild psychological train ride, to say the least.  I actually recommended this book to my local book club a few months ago.  Heard it was good and a movie adaptation is in the works and we thought as a book club it could be a fun outing.  The main character be warned, Rachel is a drunken mess, but loveable.  The author does a fantastic job at weaving several plots in a thrilling way.


First Born by Janelle Gabay – My rating 4 stars

YA debut novel and it’s a goodie!  A future world where the last immortal is now being brought into the fold of the world that shaped by this mysterious group, including his deceased father.  Trouble is, other agendas are at play and they want our hero Tarian dead. Who can we trust? It’s fun and a unique plot, worth your time.


Legend by Katy Evans – My rating 5 stars

This is the last book in a series, you don’t have to start at the beginning of the series, this one stands on its own very well.  It’s a mixture of Creed (newest Rocky movie) and just about any favorite sport underdog movie you love.  I devoured this book in 24 hours.  Certainly reminded me why I loved the first book in this series entitled REAL.  It’s steamy McSteamy, so if you don’t like that, not your book or series.

A couple other books I enjoyed over the last quarter included:

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Happy to link up on Goodreads, it’s a great option to make suggestions.  Let me know if there is something I should add to my TBR (To Be Read) list.

Did you enjoy the books I’ve mentioned or feel differently about them? If so, let me know in the comments below.  If you enjoyed this blog hit the like button and remember sharing is caring.

Happy Reading!