New Book

Let’s start positive: independent writers are superstars! They’re businesspeople, entrepreneurs, editors, insomniacs, imagineers, and so much more. They juggle writing and publishing with their real lives and jobs and God knows what else, all to put together a book and push it into the daylight because books are everything.

A labor of love.

But.

If there’s any part of the game where I wish I was stronger, it’s marketing. Books need help to fly off the shelves, yet I have this mental block. I feel like I’m imposing on people and chasing after them to give up their valuable time, so I get wound up to the point of anxiety with five or six marketing plans. Finally I give up, dump the book on Amazon, then wonder why it doesn’t sell.

Does anyone else live like this with their books? Probably not, but here I am.

My latest book is available for pre-order at the overwhelming price of 99 cents, and it will fall into your Amazon library on the Friday the First of July if you are so inclined. To pretty up the deal, three of my books will be totally free Tuesday, June 28 to Thursday, June 30.

Here’s the link to pre-order “Starting Over in Las Vegas.”

Would you like to read a sample chapter? Here you go.

Go tell your friends and loved ones so I don’t have to. Please.

Thank you.

The Big 40

Please join us as we celebrate our 40th anniversary with memories, laughs, and a few tears. CC and I chat about the good old days and what’s kept us together so far. There’s a little bit of writing stuff, too.

Have a listen and let us know what you think. TIA! LYL!

(Free behind-the-scenes picture that makes me smile.)

The Tucci Sequel

I’m a bad marketer. I’ve done nothing for this book that I’ve invested hundreds of hours and dollars (literally). My rationalization is marketing has done zero good in the past when you look at my book sales. Actually, that’s a fact.

Anyway, here’s the cover and the title and (boom) Chapter One, free and unlocked. Go crazy. Let me know what you think. Really.

Technical note: I’m sending you to my Patreon because CC and I are co-writing a stupid rom-com with a working title of “Stupid Sells.” We haven’t figured out the nut and bolts yet, other than we’re posting it to Patreon. The main rule is to “have fun with it.” Don’t expect deep thinking.

Thanks for reading. Y’all take care of yourself. LYL.

Multiverse

We attack the multiverse in this week’s podcast to answer the question: “Are we truly writing fiction?”

Covered w Spoilers:
The MCU
Batman
Star Trek
Pleasantville
Back to the Future
Quantum Leap
Sliding Doors
Stranger Than Fiction
Carol Burnett

Have a listen and let us know what you think. Comments Welcome! TIA! LYL!

Purple Porkchops

Couples Therapy this week with incorporating our experiences and minefields into our writing, plus the most and least important parts of a relationship and how to use them to create tension.

Have a listen and let us know what you think via our Contacts page. TIA! LYL!

Podcast: Epiphany

CC and me (not really)

This week’s writers’ podcast is a deep dive into “Romance is a Bonus Book,” and how this excellent series got us thinking about the choices we’ve made. We chat about the power you have over your life and the key question: “Who am I?”.

Big-time spoilers.

We may have shotgunned a gallon of coffee before recording. Not kidding.

Have a listen and let us know what you think! TIA! LYL!

Podcast: Mother’s Day Therapy

CC’s mom, and JT’s grama and mom

CC and I do online therapy in talking about our mothers and our upbringing, and we discuss how writers can use their parental relationships in their writing.

Family-related triggers in this one.

Have a listen and let us know what you think. TIA and LYL!

Podcast: Editing

Actual feedback from my editor.

This week is our fav subject: editing. (#sarcasm)

We discuss the strengths and weakness of self-editing vs. hiring professionals, using beta readers, and being responsible for your book from cover to cover.

Big shout-out to my professional editors at Red Adept Editing!

Have a listen and let us know what you think. TIA! LYL!

Podcast: Grammar

This week’s writers podcast is a deep dive into the brick wall called “grammar.” Ugh, we get it: everyone hates the rules. We talk about why writers should learn and follow the rules, anyway.

The deep dive:
The history of English grammar.
Moby Dick versus The Old Man of the Sea.
What did I do 450 times?
Ideas on improving your writing grammar.
Turning on the closed captioning!
Grammarly may not be your friend.

Have a listen and let us know what you think.

Over on my Patreon, I finished the the Tucci books elements series. This blog post has the links.

Take care of you. TIA and LYL!

The Tucci Book Elements

Hi, All! Over on my Patreon, I completed a podcast series on the eight elements that make up a novel and how they applied to my latest book about Tucci coming out this year. Here’s the first book (Only 99¢!).

All of the podcasts are unlocked and free to hear. Please let me know what you think. TIA! LYL!

The Elements of the Tucci Books
Character: https://www.patreon.com/posts/63691438
Setting: https://www.patreon.com/posts/63941151
Plot, Conflict, and Theme: https://www.patreon.com/posts/64304447
POV, Tone, and Style: https://www.patreon.com/posts/65514417

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