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Get Stuff Done...Without Stress

Get Stuff Done...Without Stress

You can be busy without being stressed (yes, really!). Some people claim to love working under pressure, but me, not so much. Feel the same? Here are some tips from me to you to help you plan, work, and thrive as painlessly as possible!


5 Tips for Critiquing Your Own Work

5 Tips for Critiquing Your Own Work

Critiquing your own work can be difficult, but I have good news: you get better at it with practice! To help you out, here are some tips for learning how to view your own work analytically.


Covers I Like

Covers I Like

More from my recurring series featuring book designs I find inspiring, as well as why they work. BOOKS MENTIONED: Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas, So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson, I Refuse by Per Petterson, Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum, and My New Roots by Sarah Britton.


Writing Your Novel: Should it be Private or Public?

Writing Your Novel: Should it be Private or Public?

It used to be that books were made by slaving away in private, sharing with and edited by trusted few, and only became known to the world once a publisher got involved--and only post-release does the writer know if their book was successful or not. However, nowadays we have the internet and blogs, so it’s a lot easier for writers to share their work as they’re working. But should you?


Don't Put It All on the Cover!

Don't Put It All on the Cover!

Your book's front cover is important, and it's easy to let your anxiety cause you to make some poor decisions. So relax! Here are a few quick dos and don'ts to make your concepting a little easier.


My Illustration Process

My Illustration Process

Every illustrator has their own unique process for getting their projects to completion. Here's what mine typically looks like!