Author name: Tracy

Cleaning Up Your Manuscript for The Best Formatting Results

Slightly off the beaten track today. At Stories Rule Press, we offer a formatting service to authors: Give us your manuscript and we will produce validated ePub and Mobi files that you can upload to the retail sites without issue. We’ll also do print layouts. But recently there’s been a rash of manuscripts come in […]

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Why UX Will be the Critical Factor for Indies in the Years Ahead

I try to avoid making predictions about where the indie publishing world will go in the future.  I’ve seen futurists get things very wrong indeed, because some disruptive factor they could not possibly have predicted comes along to blow everyone’s expectations out of the water. AI-anything has done that to us in the last year

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Making Marketing Easier

Marketing is often seen as the necessary evil of the writing world. It’s the part that many authors dread, and for good reason. K.M. Wellard recently outlined “5 Reasons Marketing Is Hard for Writers” that acknowledges why that dread is so common. Marketing doesn’t have to be as daunting as it seems. There are strategies

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Why Writing to Market Won’t Serve You Anymore

Writing to Market isn’t quite as divisive as Wide versus KU, but it comes close. Mention Writing to Market to a group of indie authors, and you’ll witness a heated debate spring to life almost immediately.  Sometimes full-blown arguments can break out. For the record, I’ve never written to market.  Not because I’ve ignored the

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The Definitive “Just Start” Strategy To Get You Writing.

Just Starting is a way around procrastinating, a way to make yourself write when you should. I mention “Just Start” a lot because it works.  It is one of my most effective…tools.  Hacks.  Tactics.  I’ve spoken about it here, here, and here, and more indirectly in many other posts on The Productive Indie Fiction Writer.

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I am a perfect machine. My self-discipline is extraordinary.

I had an interesting chat with an author the other day. They said, in part, “I’m not sure if I’m relieved or worried that an author as advanced as you still brings up the fact that she also has problems with this self-discipline thing.” This was in response to my post about self-discipline. I was

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Learn to Love Writing, Not “Having Written”

This is an old adage, but I wanted to circle back to it today, because it’s the beginning of the year, and we’re getting close to the point where most New Year’s Resolutions drop off a cliff. (Generally, that’s somewhere in February.) White knuckling your way through writing sessions, just hanging in there until you

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