Wednesday, 24 September 2014


As a writer, how much of yourself is in your protagonist?
I have often wondered about this after reading that many writers have based their main character on themselves. This is especially true for first books apparently!

This is a case in point for my first book, Jenna’s Journey, as I originally conceived the idea whilst wondering how my life would have been different if I’d stayed in Greece instead of returning to the UK. Of course, what happens to Jenna is pure fiction, but I must admit to there being a lot of me in her. To begin with, she’s a language teacher, she enjoys writing, and she can be a bit of a dreamer, but is stronger than she looks. It’s clear that I’ve based a lot of her background on my own, but I think that is where any similarity ends.

The book is set nearly thirty years ago, so of course when I look back, Jenna is slim and beautiful with reddish brown hair. That description could not possibly apply to me even with the lapse of so many years, so I’ve obviously created an image of the person I might have liked to be.

I hadn’t really thought about Jenna as having a similar character to me, however, until I read a recent review. It wasn’t a very good one, I’m sad to say, yet there was something that really struck me. This particular critic said something along the lines of not being able to take any more of the ‘dippy Jenna’. Now I’d never really thought about it before, as I hadn’t imagined her as being particularly dippy. Perhaps the critic could see into her character far deeper than me, the author, as I often refer to myself as being dippy as well as having a dippy cat! This is not an adjective I hear being used all that often, so the coincidence struck me. Even though the critic didn’t particularly like my protagonist, I take heart from the fact that I have created a character who is believable to other people outside my head.

Thank heavens for poetic license is all I can say, as I’m sure my readers wouldn’t have much empathy for a short, curvy heroine with mousey brown hair. I’d like to think it shouldn’t make any difference, but of course it does as readers generally want to escape into a world where the heroine is beautiful and gets her man.

It would be interesting to see if we can overcome these stereotypes, although I’m not sure the world is ready for a heroine based on yours truly just yet.

So, in my case, even if I hadn’t deliberately set out to create a heroine based on myself – it sounds a bit narcissistic to aim to do so – I wonder how many writers, hand on heart, can say that their protagonist doesn’t contain just a teeny tiny part of themselves – an edited version naturally!

Please tell me it’s not just me!

AS A #WRITER, HOW MUCH OF YOURSELF IS IN YOUR MC? by @julieryan18 #TheArtistUnleashed #IndieAuthor #selfpublishing

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Julie was born and brought up in a mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She graduated with a BA (hons) in French Language and Literature from Hull University. Since then she has lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and a dippy cat with half a tail. She is so passionate about books that her collection is now threatening to outgrow her house, much to her husband’s annoyance!

She is the author of two novels set in Greece, “Jenna’s Journey” and “Sophia’s Secret” both part of the Greek Island Mystery series. She is currently working on a third book, ‘Pandora’s Prophecy.”

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Artist Unleashed: ARE YOU A PANSER? OR DO YOU HAVE A (BUSINESS) PLAN? by Jacqueline Garlick

You are talking to the most unorganized person, quite possibly in the free world. No, I’m not kidding.

I am.

I have no patience for time. I never wear a watch, and in school I HATED the idea of planners. Okay, with that said may I suggest I’m the most unlikely person EVER to write this post? It’s true, BUT, if someone like me can find value in this strategy, IMAGINE what it can do for you!!!

Let’s face it; there are too many forces out there in the great big literary world just waiting to take an Indie down. Whether it be, a slump in sales, a scathing review, a poke at your cover, or another RETURN (Seriously, returning books that are priced lower than a coffee? What the fah is up with that? **shakes head**.) Not to mention getting perpetually slammed about the quality of self published material…blah, blah, blah. 

Worst than all that, is the self-inflicted tragedy of comparing yourself, your worth, and your sales quotas, to other more successful authors. **sigh**

You, in the back there, don’t act like you haven’t done this, ‘cause we all know you have…

Honestly, people WHY do we do this? Writing is HARD. Succeeding as a self-published author is even HARDER.

The last person we need dragging us down is ourselves. Right?

But, there are those days where you sit and think, why isn’t this working? What have I done wrong?

Perhaps it isn’t what you’ve done wrong, but what you haven’t done, YET. 
As writers, we view ourselves as creatively minded, sometimes too creatively minded for our own good. **nods head** As well as writers, we are entrepreneurs, and we need to view ourselves as such. As Indies, we wear the writing hat, sure…but we also wear a plethora of other hats: manager, designer, advisor, investor, marketer, publicist, just to name a few.

Just as every successful entrepreneur succeeds at business, we must strive to succeed, too. Which includes, first and foremost—developing a business plan.
Yes, I did just use that dreaded word.

Business plans are like a businesses roadmap to success. Without one, a writer typically has no idea where they are going. Untethered authors often get lost in their own cause, focusing only on the production of the raw material (ie: their books), without regard for how it will be consumed. As entrepreneurs, we must to take into consideration how and when we are going to pedal our wares, for optimum success. The authors that do this are the ones that have those better numbers. **eh-hem**

Things to consider outside of the writing: optimum release time, production schedules, editing timelines, effective labeling, understanding algorithms, high octane marketing, and other ways to optimize visibility.
It’s enough to make your head spin.

Let’s face it, you can have the greatest written book in the world, but if no one knows about it, you just have the greatest written book in the world. BUT, sitting down and creating a business plan helps rein in some of that creative energy, and put it to use on the darker side of the art—sales. Without sales, we are just writers chasing a dream. ** wags tail**  

So, how does one go about creating ‘said plan,’ you say?

It’s as simple as planning a trip. You wouldn’t leave home without first securing a hotel room, right? And you’d know approximately how much time it was going to take you to get there. You’d know what day you’d be arriving, and every stop along the way, including how long it’ll take for you to reach your destiny.

Now, imagine you’re on a journey to success. Where is your first stop? When do expect to get there? Do you have a room booked? Do you know where you are going next? What does the end of this journey look like? What goals do you intend to achieve?

First, I bought myself a BIG-ASSED GIANT CALENDAR,
like this one >>>>

I suggest you do, too.

On it, I set out my plan to success for the year. That’s right, the YEAR.
(Or, at least six months, if a year is too frightening for you.)

I then set about marking up each week, including slots for writing time, marketing time, and what I call, time for strategics. As I’m fairly new to being an Indie, I realize I’ll need time to study the landscape, learn from other Indies, and educate myself on the business side. I broke everyday into at least two (if not three) sections. Mornings for new writing, when I’m the freshest, mid-afternoon for marketing, and after supper I’ll do edits on second pass projects (ie: revisions). Two days week I skipped the after supper editing, to focus on strategizing.

I literally wrote down how many words I expected myself to write each day (1500-3000K words is my usual) and from there was able to project the completion dates of each book I had planned to write that year (3 for me, using roughly 80-90K words as an estimate). In doing this, for the first time ever, I could physically see how long a particular book was going to take for me to write. Things were already becoming clearer, regarding booking dates for editors, copywriters, and proofers, (which had previously eluded me) along with projected loading dates, advertising plans, and launch parties. (I even went so far as to pencil in tentative booking dates for these professionals (with holy shit buffers built in, of course) to be re-written in red pen when they accepted.

Then, I moved on to the marketing side of things, viewing dates for completion against perspective optimum sales opportunities. For example: I had a book I projected loadable by December 24. Could I work a little harder and tighten things up, so I could launch that book mid-December instead, and take advantage of Christmas sales? I had another, (in the re-write stage) I projected I’d be finished with February 10th. I reasoned it might be better to slide the Romance novel I was also revising into that completion slot, versus the YA thriller I had originally planned.

From there I moved onto strategy. How could I best present this product to the world? What things/connections could I lift from the pages to create buzz about to assist sales. What would be the best advertizing push for my limited dollars? Who and what would I use? Algorithms…hmmmm…better read up.

I continued developing my plan, viewing my creativity in a very different way. I was still being creative, just a little more organized about it, and a LOT more sensible about times and ways to launch things. A winter romance should release when people can cozy up with a hot chocolate. The historical romance set in WWII might do well as a Remembrance or Memorial Day release.

I then divided my year up into quarters. At the end of each quarter, I plan to check in with myself and see if I’m on track. If I’m not, I’ll be adjusting my plan accordingly. But the goal is to adhere to the schedule, as much as humanely possible, as if I were the production supervisor of the new products division at Apple.

Side Note: I also projected reasonable goals for sales, (nothing crazy) calculated per book, on so many books sold per day. I set a goal of ‘X’ number of books, doubling that each time a new release came out, adding up to a grand total of ‘X’ number of books sold by the end of the year. If you really want to inspire yourself, include the math. I did, in BRIGHT PURPLE PEN.

I’m motivated now, to stay on track, and try to double my PURPLE PROJECTIONS. You?

R U A PANSER? OR DO U HAVE A #BUSINESSPLAN? by @garlickbooks #TheArtistUnleashed #IndieAuthor #selfpublishing

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Jacqueline Garlick is an author and entrepreneur living in Ontario, Canada. She writes teen and new adult. She is the author of LUMIÈRE, book one of THE ILLUMINATION PARADOX SERIES. Book two, NOIR, will be out for Christmas, 2014. She is also the author of the, IF ONLY serial. The on-going saga of telepathic Kyla and her boyfriend Denver, two teens living in rural Ontario, and the tragedy they face. IF ONLY, is a ya paranormal romance mystery told in four parts. Parts one and two are currently available, part three will be available in January 2014. 

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Friday, 12 September 2014

What's your view on contest entry fees?

I'm over at Vine Leaves Literary Journal today talking about contest entry fees. There are a lot of myths out there (rather negative ones) and felt the need to set things straight.

You can read the article and comment here:
WE’RE NOT ASKING FOR YOUR MONEY SO WE CAN CHILL OUT ON AN ISLAND RESORT: A literary journal editor’s view on contest entry fees

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Artist Unleashed: MODES OF TRAVEL THROUGH TIME, by Dennis Higgins

I would like to thank Jessica Bell for having me to the Artist Unleashed event.

I am Dennis Higgins, author of time travel stories. I am the “Gone But Not Forgotten” guy. My own books are not heavily into science or sci-fi. The stories involve the intimate and detailed lives of my traveler which I call Time Pilgrims.

Today I would like to explore the many modes of travelling in time from several different points of view and authors. The guy who started it all was my hero, HG Wells and the mode he used was the same as the title of his famous book, The Time Machine. The machine was a Victorian invention which propelled his protagonist into the future. It really was early steampunk, if you think about it. The George Pal, 1960 movie version of this title, has actor Rod Taylor amazed at the changes going on around him. He watches a woman’s dress shop and the changing styles as the years move up, making him comment to himself, “That’s a dress?”

In more modern times, Doc Brown created a time machine out of a 1980s DeLorean in the Back to the Future movie series. When the stainless steel reached 88 miles per hour, via the flux capacitor, it propelled him and Marty to various times. Their adventures always seemed to lead to disaster, which made Doc Brown comment, “I wish I had never invented this infernal machine.”

Jack Finney used a machine and the famous New York City, Dakota apartment building to travel back to the 1800s.

There can’t be a post like this without talking about a time-traveler first seen in 1963 on the BBC in the UK. Doctor Who uses a device stuck in the image of an old police box called the TARDIS. The letters stand for Time And Relative Dimension In Space. It is infinitely large on the inside and can move the doctor and his colleagues anywhere and to any point in time.

Superman flies around the earth backwards, relative to its rotation, making it literally reverse in time. While the USS Enterprise in Star Trek slingshots around the sun to transport them back or forth.

In various books and movies, there has been anything from switching bodies with people from past lives, to mirrors, genies in bottles, books, stones to totally unexplained phenomenon in order to transport individuals in time. There does seems to be one common thread weaving itself into most time travel stories…romance. Love can often transcend time and space. It is the most powerful emotion we humans possess.

The book, originally titled, Bid, Time Return by Richard Matheson was renamed after the popularity of its screen adaptation to, Somewhere in Time. In it, Richard Collier uses a unique technique to travel back to meet the woman he had become obsessed with. He goes to an old hotel and removes everything modern from the room. He uses the power of his brain to concentrate on her and the time she was in the hotel. He eventually makes it and joins her in the past. I happen to love this concept. SPOILER ALERT: His fateful mistake was accidentally bringing a modern penny with him. Upon looking at the little cent, he is whisked back to his own time. So remember this: If and when you time travel, you must bring the correct currency with you. Especially if love is involved.

Now, if I may, I would like to give you the time travel mode used in my books. First, a person has to be born with the God-given ability. Not everybody is, but those who are, must realize the secret and now I will reveal it to you because, you may have said ability. It is contained in the simple element of water. The same water that is around us and within us. It is the water that has existed in every time period since the Earth was formed. It is the conduit to every possible timeline. So it is the same water that character’s Kevin and Cheryl encounter down Route 66 in 1946, where Katya and Cyrus find themselves in the great Chicago Fire of 1871 and when Cathy Callahan finds love in 1906 during the San Francisco earthquake. Water, along with training and concentration is the mode of transportation used in my Time Pilgrim series.

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What mode of time travel would you use? Where and when would you go?

MODES OF TRAVEL THROUGH TIME, by Dennis Higgins #TheArtistUnleashed #Timetravel #fantasy #selfpub

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Dennis Higgins is a world traveler and distant relative of Davy Crockett. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he has always possessed a romance with things of the past that are gone but not forgotten. He now lives in the suburbs with his lovely wife, two dogs and a couple of birds.

Among his influences are: Richard Matheson, Jack Finney, Dean Koontz, Joan Wester Anderson, Peter S. Beagle and Audrey Neffenegger. The Time Pilgrims series is exciting and treasured by young adults, new adults as well as full blown adults.

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The Artist Unleashed: HOW TO REFRAME A LITERARY GENRE – KARMA LIT, ANYONE? by Stephen Weinstock

The first piece of advice you read in Book Biz manuals is that a writer should choose a genre, learn all about that kind of book, and tailor their brilliantly inspired work accordingly.  Publishers organize decisions around these beloved genres, booksellers need them to put your book on an easy shelf, and readers won’t find you if Medical Thriller isn’t stamped on your forehead. I’m here to say:


I considered crafting this article as a practical guide to creating a new, personalized genre as a marketing tool, complete with a title like “25 New Sub-Sub-Genres Flooding the Book Market,” or a handy checklist like “Seven Steps to Confuse the Bookseller.”  But frankly, not following a tried and true genre is impractical, and makes marketing the book tricky. But the book business is radically changing with self-publishing and online platforms, so I propose that how we look at genres is changing as well.

Certainly the amount of sub-genres is unbelievable. As in New Adult Paranormal Steampunk. The idea of a Hybrid genre is no big deal anymore, and helps catch attention. If many writers are freeing themselves from the Big Publishers, then they are free to dream in any genre they wish.

As they say, I have one book in me. It happens to be a series – 1001, The Reincarnation Chronicles – with eleven volumes and 1001 chapters that will take the rest of my life to complete, but whatever: it’s the one book that drives me, which I desired to write before I read any manuals. Since I started life as a stage director and earned my bread as a musician, when I got around to writing I was motivated by a Big Idea and not a genre. In fact, one of the things I love about my series, where a character recounts a new past life story every chapter, is that I explore many different genres. This lifetime is in 17th Century France (historical fiction), that lifetime is on planet Proclivita (sci-fi), another lifetime is an Arabian Nights love story (medieval romance). Hybrid gone wild!

These days there are many authors whose ideas outrun their genres, especially us self-published writers working outside the box. We still contend with a market defined by genres, but perhaps it’s time for a more expanded view of things. I’m not pushing Genreless Literature; I’m no anarchist. But on bad days when I wander the self-marketing online desert bemoaning my neglect, nay my rejection of a comfy genre, I notice others posting articles about new genres, or genres that re-define old categories. Kindred souls! My ears prick up, and I feel a faint hope that the answer is to create my own genre, or cozy up to a new one that fits my work.

A lovely case in point. For years there’s been a somewhat fringe non-fiction genre called New Age, which included self-help books, spiritual reflections, occult histories, and psychedelic memoirs. Great stuff, but often in the back corner at Barnes & Noble, or only found at the gift shop of a yoga retreat in the Sierras. Lo and behold, I found the Visionary Fiction Alliance.

A group reframing the New Age genre with a defined purpose, and specifically for fiction authors. Bless them: since 1001 has a reincarnation theme, I had investigated self-publishing with Hay House, or partnering with a spiritual bookstore, but their books were always non-fiction. Finally, a group that recognized a broad area of fiction that didn’t fit traditional categories, but which was a rich trove of artists and material. I noticed  others working out this genre, but with a different name:

The best definition or name may work itself out in time, but the point is that creative minds were defining their identity, recognizing a large cache of books, and promoting a genre.

The idea of inventing a new genre to define my non-traditional hybrid of hybrids (hydraid?), was so refreshing that it led me to consider a sub-genre, of Visionary Fiction, or perhaps Fantasy.  In my research I discovered a slew of reincarnation fiction. Mostly romances, two present day beauties discovering their dripping passion is based on an intense past life connection in ancient Egypt. These books fit a larger Time Travel Romance sub-genre that includes blockbusters like Time Traveler’s Wife and the Outlander series. Then there are hybrids mixing Mystery or Thriller with the reincarnation theme, like Russell Perry’s The Returning.  

Finally, there is literary fiction playing with past lives, such as David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas1001 could fit in there, too.

As I ponder this genre –

Reincarnation Fiction? 
Past Life Fantasy? 
Karma Lit?

– I think of my friends at the Visionary Fiction Alliance, and realize that if I’m serious about inventing a new genre, I have to promote it, raise awareness, write articles, reach out to authors working within it, and even advocate for its inclusion in genre lists on Amazon, Goodreads, or Publishers Weekly. A daunting task, but by promoting the genre you promote your book, and visa versa. 

Since this is a nascent concept for me and for the publishing field (is it? I mean, how old is steampunk anyway?), I invite you to consider its value and practicality, to share and promote other newly minted genres you’ve heard of, or to conjure up a new genre for your one-of-a-kind tome. As I weigh the worth of pursuing this avenue, I’d love to hear your responses.

HOW TO REFRAME A LITERARY GENRE: KARMA LIT, ANYONE? by Stephen Weinstock #TheArtistUnleashed #IndieAuthors #selfpub

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In his past life before 1001, Stephen Weinstock created music for theater and dance at the Magic Theater, NYU, Juilliard, and LaGuardia Arts High School (the 'Fame' school).  By day he brings dancers to ecstasy with his improvisations, but at night he enters the world of metempsychosis and fantasy.  1001 concerns a qaraq, a group of intertwined souls who come together over a 1001 lifetimes, a frame tale structure like The 1001 Nights holding it all together.  For online stories and blogs, see his website

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Friday, 25 July 2014

The Top 10 "Artist Unleashed" Posts of 2014 so far ...

So, it's that time of year again.

This will be my last post until Monday September 1st. Why so long, you ask?

Well ... next week I'm heading off to coordinate the Homeric Writers' Retreat & Workshop.

When I get back I will be taking a much-needed 10-day vacation to a hotel by the sea so I can become a vegetable (not baked, must keep my white skin!)

Then I will be spending the rest of August getting in some quality writing time before I have to start the day job again.

But, don't disappear just yet. If you're in search of some interesting reading content, how about you take a gander through some of this year's The Artist Unleashed posts in which a variety of writers and artists share a wealth of information related to their creative field?

Need a starting point? Here are the Top 10 most viewed Artist Unleashed posts of 2014 so far:


2. A MAD MAN TRIED TO KILL ME, by Jeremiah Walton

3. THE 7 MYTHS OF VIRTUAL BOOK TOURS, by Pandora Poikilos





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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Artist Unleashed: COMMERCE & CREATIVITY—HOW TO KEEP THE BALANCE by Pauline B Jones

When I finally ventured out and made first contact with my writing peers, I received a lot of good solid, advice about the craft and business of writing. The craft parts were easier to swallow, particularly back in the bad old days when writers had so few choices. Why spend too much time dwelling on a business model that made no sense? Like the newbies that came before me, I had a hard time believing them, so I focused on the stuff I wanted to believe.

I dreamed about that day when I’d get The Call (instead, it was The Email). I imagined how it would feel to cross the threshold from aspiring to published. There would be trumpets. Perhaps some flower petals strewn in my path. And if not petals, then praise. Lots of praise. I’d be heaped with it.

*shakes head ruefully*

There is something wondrous and a bit magical about making that journey from the beginning to the end of your very first novel. Good, indifferent, bad, seriously awful—it doesn’t matter. It’s done. It’s an accomplishment to be celebrated before reality bites. Really. Celebrate fast. Because reality bites.

Obviously, for an author, reality is not our go-to place.

I look back with some awe at the naivety of that long ago, newly minted author. And I miss her a little. No matter how many novels I’ve written since, it has never felt quite like that. I wrote that first novel for me. I thought it would be easier the next time. Yeah.

But filtered into the many (make that very many) hard lessons of becoming a published author was this difficult truth: it was easier to write for free than for money.

I really hate admitting this. I thought it would be easier to write for money. I thought getting paid would make the Muse happy. Money means readers and I love it when readers love what I write. But when I sit down to write a new novel, the specters around me aren’t those readers. Like Prince Charming in Sleeping Beauty, I have to fight my way through thickets of business thorns and naysaying dragons to find my sleeping story, to wake my storyteller.

If I didn’t have an overactive imagination, I wouldn’t be a writer.

Artists have always struggled with reconciling their creative lives with the commerce required if they want to reach past their immediate circle of family and friends. There are some who don’t even try. And I don’t blame them. Some are lucky enough to have someone else handle the commercial side for them. The rest of us “deal.”

I’m in the “have to deal” column. I am the sole proprietor of my publishing business. Part of my job is to keep the writer writing. While keeping the business running. Most days it feels like I have multiple personality disorder. Not only do I have characters rampaging through my brain, but author and proprietor are duking it out in there, too. Last month I spent several days trying to untangle the mysteries of keywords at Amazon. I figured it out. I’m stubborn that way, but my creativity was a wan skeleton of its pre-keyword-solving self. If it had been in the ER, it would have been a Code Blue.

Even though I’ve fought this battle over and over, I’m attempting to “manage” my writing business more effectively since I became a self publisher. So I’m trying to track my high/low creative time to better maximize it. I don’t have a place on my chart, however, for driving a stake through my creativity with my own two hands.
I could resolve to never do that again, but I also need  my business-self to manage this monster I’ve created. To extend the Sleeping Beauty metaphor, I’m balancing on a high wire over the thorns and dragons and some critics in there hoping I’ll jump.

There are times when I’ve had to apply the paddles to my creative heart. Yes, there is creative life after keywords, but the Muse is still a little bitter.

To cure what ails the Muse, I start by applying my favorite “vice” (Chocolate and Diet Dr. Pepper). When more drastic measures are needed, I go all the way back to my writing roots. I can’t become that starry-eyed newbie again, but I can remember, I can tap in to what propelled me into becoming a writer in the first place:

1. A love of stories and storytelling. Sometimes this means browsing through the novel keeper shelf for well-loved scenes and the words that delighted. Spending some time with those that became so real, I still miss them. Reminding myself that ultimately I write to tell stories. That is the truth from which every other part of my writing business flows. If I don’t love what I’m doing, no one will love reading it. So love it or stop. And since I can’t stop …

2. Keeping track of activities that recharge my creativity. In addition to books and food, there are movies and music that revive my Muse. Sometimes I have to dance, to play, to be silly (don’t worry, I don’t do it in public). Sometimes I pull out a jigsaw puzzle. For some reason putting one together can help me order my plot puzzle. Or make me frustrated enough that writing seems easier.

3. Daydreaming. Sometimes I step away from the desk (keeping my hands where they can be seen) and do totally non-writing related stuff. This frees my brain for playful thinking. I turn my imagination loose, let it get crazy (well, crazier). The goal is driving my business self into the fetal position in some other part of my brain. (Trust me, it’s fine. It’s tough as nails.)

4. Tame the promo beast. Yes, you need to be “out there,” but everyone—and I do mean everyone—says the best promotion is writing the next book. Never lose sight of this essential truth. You want to be a writer, so write. If the book won’t come, write blogs, lists, in the margins—whatever it takes to get words flowing again. Then write some more.

It took me a while to realize that the biggest part of my job as proprietor is to protect and defend the writer. I’m much more vigilant than I used to be, but sometimes business must be done, whether the Muse likes it or not (usually not). So I keep my repair list close and apply as needed.

Do you struggle with irreconcilable differences between your proprietor and your Muse? How do you cope?

COMMERCE & CREATIVITY—HOW TO KEEP THE BALANCE by @paulinebjones #TheArtistUnleashed #IndieAuthors #selfpublishing

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Pauline Baird Jones is the award-winning author of sixteen novels—and some short stories—of science fiction romance, steampunk, action-adventure, suspense, romantic suspense and comedy-mystery. (She did mention there’s a lot going on inside her head.) Her latest release—and the launch of her Uneasy Future series, is Core Punch: A Baker & Ban!drn Adventure. Originally from Wyoming, she and her family moved from New Orleans to Texas before Katrina.

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