Let’s Be Awesome Together

There’s no “I” in awesome, because you can’t be awesome alone. Being awesome requires a lot of other people working with you, sort of behind the scenes. Actually, sometimes in front of the scene, creating groundswell. You get the idea. Do you know what I like most about blogging? Probably not, so I’ll tell you. Sharing other people’s great writing, and occasionally, adding my two cents (’cause I have a few.) I’ve searched through countless blog posts to find whose stuff I should add to Continue reading →

Major Book Marketing Myths BUSTED!

I had to stop what I was doing to share this with all of you! Piggy-backing on the conversation Travis Shorrt and I had on Back Porch Writer last week, is this timely gem: Author Sensei I especially love that they point out that traditional publishing houses don’t do it ALL anymore. You, the author, must market your stuff! Marketing isn’t easy. It’s time-consuming and can cost you a penny or two, but it’s FUN. One of the tricks is pooling resources. For example, work Continue reading →

One Writer’s Platform (Part 2) Events and PR

Blogging and social media are not the only ways to develop a platform or audience for your writing. In 2013, I spent a chunk of my book marketing time promoting myself with special events, such as lectures and public readings. The nice thing about spec...

Back Porch Writer Press Publishes Deadly Sins

Every once in a while, I have to share a bit about me on this site. This is one of those times. For the past several months, I’ve worked on my just released book titled, Deadly Sins: A Dezeray Jackson Mini-Series. It’s been a blast to write, not so much to edit and revise, and a lot of fun to publish. Back Porch Writer Press is the new publishing arm of Back Porch Writer. I chose my book as the test run. In the future, Continue reading →

Book Cover Design, part I: Bad Elephant, Far Stream

Check out the guest post by author Samuel Hawley over on Back Porch Writer. He recently spoke with me about his book, and it became clear that he knows a thing or two about creating book covers. Here’s his final cover:   In a two-part series, he breaks down exactly what he did to create his book cover. For those of you planning to use CreateSpace, you need a wrap-around cover, saved as a PDF.  Sam’s posts will help you. Don’t miss them! And, if Continue reading →

Read Fresh Flash Fiction!

We’re one month into the new year! Wow. It flew by, didn’t it? Here’s what’s new at KMW: Vashti Q. Vega submitted A Town’s Perception – a tale of dread and deceit so creepy that it’ll keep you up at night. You can find it under the Flash Fiction tab. (You might wonder if it’s actually fiction.) She’s also schedule to appear with Kori on Back Porch Writer May 13, 2014. Kori D. Miller released the second edition of My life in black and white: Continue reading →

NaNoWriMo Ends. Editing Begins.

Congratulations to all who accepted the gauntlet and made it to the finish line. If you’re like me, you’re taking a break and letting it all soak in before … Yep, you guessed it! It’s time to edit that pile of ___________. Where do you begin? Here are a few ideas: Grab some snacks. Print a copy of your manuscript (unless you really enjoy reading it on the computer). Get your beverage of choice. Read your story. Make mental notes. Set it down for at Continue reading →

NaNoWriMo Check-in or Check-up?

  All right you Wrimos, it’s time toCatch Up With Kori every Sunday in November beginning tomorrow! Join Kori and other Wrimos as they chat about their goals, challenges, and successes  ten days into NaNoWriMo 2013. Add your two cents, and have a little fun with a few other people crazy enough to rock the word count all November long. If you’re looking for inspiration, you’ll get it. If you’re looking for a kick in the seat of your pants, you’ll get it. If you’re Continue reading →

NaNoWriMo what?

It’s that time again. Writers the world over are plotting and planning until their fingers bleed from the tap, tap, tapping on their keyboards. Or, maybe not. Maybe some of you eager beavers aren’t plotters. Maybe you’re pantsers. No matter. National Novel Writing Month is for every type of writer. Before you descend into the madness of NaNoWriMo 2013, here are few things to keep in mind. Stay hydrated. Keep your beverage of choice at close range. Don’t lose valuable writing time getting drinks. Stand Continue reading →

Was Shakespeare Unconsciously Competent?

Writers write. Every writer knows this. And, every author advises it. But, what if your writing sucks? Yeah, you read that right. Not everyone is Shakespeare, Poe, Emerson, or Maya Angelou. The simple answer is: Write. Take classes. Write some more. Join a critique group. Re-write. Accept feedback. Revise. But, what if this process frustrates you, and stops you in your writing tracks? It might be helpful to remember this: You’re learning. There are four levels of learning. Unconscious incompetence: You don’t know, what you Continue reading →
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