Author: Paul Ardoin

    Workshop/write-in with M. Todd Gallowglas

    Sat 11/16⋅2–4pm, Southgate Library, 6132 66th Ave, Sacramento M Todd Gallowglas escapes his Tuesday night Twitch channel workshops to offer a learning session at the Southgate Library, followed by a write-in. Come join one of the area’s best writing craft teachers as we get through “the muddy middle” of the month together!

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    20BooksTo50K Conference, Day 3

    I don’t have a lot of time before my next session starts, but Wednesday’s sessions were fantastic. The day started with an early morning session on how fiction authors can create other streams of income. One author discussed how they created swag (like T-shirts and military-style patches) from their sci-fi series. Another discussed how they used Kickstarter to fund production of their audiobook. Another discussed how the subject of a nonfiction book can be turned into paid trainings online. I then met with some industry representatives from Draft2Digital, Kobo, and BargainBooksy to discuss how I can gain visibility for my […]

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    20BooksTo50K Conference, day 2

    Tuesday was the first real day of the conference, and it was packed. One of the best things about this conference is that you can go to a crowded breakfast place and say “is this seat taken?” then sit and talk with a bunch of other introverts about writing process. For both breakfast and lunch, I sat with people who make a living from selling their books. The woman I talked to at lunch was homeless when she started writing her paranormal romances four years ago. She just paid off her house and she’s going shopping for a Tesla next […]

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    20BooksTo50K Conference, Day 1

    It was only registration, but the meetings were magical 20BooksTo50K is one of the most popular groups for independent authors. Its Facebook site is approaching legendary status for writers to want to make money with their books. They don’t focus on get-rich-quick schemes or ways to game the Amazon algorithms or payment mechanisms. Their concept is simple: “20Booksto50k® is a simple concept of how much money it takes to retire comfortably in Cabo San Lucas. If you have twenty books earning $7.50 each per day, you can make $50k per year.” —20BooksTo50K founder Michael Anderle From today, November 11, through […]

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    Getting to the Finish Line

    I’ve considered myself a novelist pretty much all my life. When I was six years old, I’d beg my parents for notebooks and decorate the cover to look as close to a novel as I could. I must have made two dozen “books”—all with incomplete insides, as my desire to create new stories won out over my desire to finish what I had started. In college, I majored in creative writing and wrote short stories that were published by university literary journals. For the equivalent of my senior thesis, I wrote the first 100 pages of Very Important Literary Fiction […]

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    Getting the Word Counter on the New NaNo Site

    I beat my head against the wall trying to figure out how to update my word count on the brand new novel I started writing this morning. The process is much different to the previous NaNoWriMo site, and it was completely unintuitive to me. Someone had to walk me through it. I’m putting instructions here to save you from my frustration. (Although it may already be too late!) The piece I was missing? Transitioning my novel from “Prepping” to “In Progress.” Here’s how to do it. On your NaNoWriMo home page, make sure your project is visible (you may have […]

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