Category: writing advice

Last Chance To Take That First Step

Last Chance To Take That First Step

Many of us dream about doing something in our lives but few actually do something about it.

I always tell my students they’ve taken that first step by signing up for a class or signing up for my coaching and mentoring program.

If your dream is to be a romance writer then one step you can take today is to purchase The Romance Writers Super Stack.

Today’s the last day to purchase it and after that it’s gone.

When we look back at our lives it’s most often the things we didn’t do rather than the things we did that we regret the most.

I know money is tight for a lot of writers but I do think this is a value packed stack with courses, workbooks, discounts on edting and a whole lot more.

And yes, even my own Writing Your First Romance Novel workshop which if you purchased it by itself would be $75.

You’ll get the whole stock of goodies for just $49.

This is the sort of resource I wish had been around when I started my writing career and you have a money back guarantee too so take that first step to living your dream.

Here’s the link (yes, it’s an affiliate one so I will get a commission if you make a purchase). Check it out and I think you’ll be convinced this is going to get you started on the wonderful journey of romance writing…


Are You a Romance Writer…or dream about being one?

Are You a Romance Writer…or dream about being one?

Have you thought about being a romance author?

I never thought I’d be one because mystery was always my favorite genre.

But guess, what and excuse the pun? I fell in love with writing romance novels and yes, they’ve been very good to me.

Most of you know I coach, mentor and tutors authors with the majority of them being romance writers so that’s why I was excited to see Infostack’s new bundle that all about writing a romance…first one I’ve seen of its kind. Not only did I want to promote it, I wanted to be a contributor.

What’s in the bundle?

Everything a new or even established romance writer needs to get ahead of the competition.

You can have lifetime access to-

Story Enhancing eCourse

Captivating Must read ebooks

Career Shaping Masterclsses

Interactive Workbook

Plus, discounts on such things as developmental editing which is essential when you’re first starting out.

And of course my own How to Write Your First Romance Novel workshop, that alone is worth $75 and you not only get it and get access to it forever but you get all the other goodies to for the bargain price of $49.

I know sometimes these extras aren’t in your budget but sometimes you need to spend a little and you end up with a great return on investment.

I always think the best thing is for you to check out all what’s included and all the details so here’s the link for you to decide for yourself if this is something you want to invest in and full disclosure this is my affiliate link and if you do decide this is just what you need I’ll get a commission-https://susiep2022–

If I was a new author….

If I was a new author….

My private students often ask me questions about how I learned the craft of writing.

Most of it was hands on, the rest, I tried to find books on the topic.

I only wish the Internet had been around when I first put pen to paper.

I also wish that bundles like the one I’m about to tell you about were available to buy.

It’s the Writer’s Craft 5.0 and it has everything you’d want and a whole lot more.

How to create characters, how to plot, how to beat writer’s block.

Inside the bundle, you’ll even find my own writing synopsis workshop because I know that’s something most writers struggle with.

Here’s the link for more information and the whole list of what you’ll get.

In full disclosure I’m also an affiliate and will be compensated if you make a purchase.


What to be a Freelance Writer?

What to be a Freelance Writer?

I can’t think of a better time to be a freelance writer.

Working when you want from where you want.

I stepped into that world almost 25 years ago and never regret my decision.

I won’t say it was easy, some days, even some months were tough but I learned a lot along the way.

Last year, I decided to share my experience and have been working on a new workshop called The Fearless Freelance Writer.

I’m happy to say last week I completed it.

It’s self-paced, easy to follow full of my tips and experiences in the world of freelance writing.

I show you how to get around the catch 22 that plagues so many new writers.

How to put together a pitch an editor will love.

Researching potential markets.

How to work with editors.

And so much more….I’ve even included a workbook so you can keep track of everything from pitches to the money going out and coming in.

Here’s the link for more information and how you can buy it-

50 Common Writing Problems-12 Days of Christmas

50 Common Writing Problems-12 Days of Christmas

Over at my writing blog,, I’m offering the 12 Days of Christmas,

For twelve days, I’ll be featuring a different workshop or workbook and offer a different discount.

Today it’s my 50 Common Writing Problems and how to fix them Workshop. It’s usually $29.95 and today there’s a 25% discount, use code writinglife and here’s the link-

All my workshops are self-paced, they never expire, and you can study when you want.

Author Super Bundle-Last Day at Lower Price

Author Super Bundle-Last Day at Lower Price

It’s Cyber Monday.

Did you pick up any great buys over the weekend?

I hope one of them was the Author Super Bundle.

However, if you missed it, take a look and give it some serious thought because tomorrow, while it will still be available, it’s going to cost you more.

Getting published is sometimes the easiest part of the writing journey.

Yep, you read that right, no error on my part.

Most of my students struggle with promoting and marketing themselves and their books.

As a former publicist, I know how tough it is to get word of your book out to your audience.

That’s one of the things I like best about this bundle. Unlike others that just focus on the writing aspect, this one has resources for the hard part….the marketing.

Things like Reader Bliss and getting book reviews. These two alone are worth the cost of the bundle.

If you don’t have the budget to hire a publicist, for $149 you can have a whole bunch of resources that can make going it alone that much easier.

At least take a look, and if you buy it and then realize, no, this isn’t right for you, you have a money back guarantee.

Here’s the link and as always, in full disclosure, it’s my affiliate one and I get compensated if you make a purchase.

Author Super Bundle

Author Super Bundle

It’s Black Friday and that means it’s time for some sales, some bargains and investing in yourself as an author, self-publisher, self-promoter.

Recently I was asked to take part in an author bundle and my first reaction was no, not this time but something told me to read on and see just what is included.

I’ll admit I’m not easily impressed but this one made me say wow. I’ve never seen such high-quality items, all in one place. Software, coaching calls, you name it.

I think no matter what part of your writing journey you’re on, you’ll find something you want and can use.

It’s over $10,000 worth of goodies and for the next four days, it’s just $149. Just think what an investment that is and your return on investment if it helps you with just one little thing like creating an eye-catching book cover or a blurb that makes your book stand out from a very crowded author’s world.

Here’s the link and yes, full disclosure if you decide to make a purchase, I’ll be compensated.

And as a bonus from me, if you do buy through my link and you send me a copy of your receipt to, I’ll give you a free book marketing plan tailored just to you.

NaNoWriMo-Are You Ready?

NaNoWriMo-Are You Ready?

Hello fellow authors.

Happy fall (or spring).

It will soon be that time of year again.

NaNoWriMo will be upon us before we know it.

For the first time in many years, I’m going to take part. I’ll be writing a cozy mystery.

How about you, are you up to the challenge?

Have you tried it before but failed?

Writing a book in 30 days is a bit like training for a marathon.

If you haven’t prepared and got into ‘shape’ before you attempt it, it’s going to be painful and you’ll probably give up after a few days.

It’s why I came up with Ready, Set Go to get you in shape and ready to write your masterpiece.

This year it’s being offered through Outreach International Writers Inc.

Everything is online and lessons are delivered through e-mail so you can learn at your own pace.

Class begins on Monday October 4th and here’s the link to sign up

Hope to ‘see’ you on Monday.

No More Rejections…

No More Rejections…

Sorry, not for us.

A short sentence like the above on your returned manuscript is if nothing else better than a standard rejection and a step in the right direction. However, it’s not enough to offer insight into what you’re doing wrong and why that (or so you thought), perfect story keeps getting rejected.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if editors gave us some feedback into what we’re doing wrong?

The chances are that’s not going to happen but all is not lost.

Next month, I’m teaching a new class called Rejection Guaranteed.

We’ll go through all the common reasons for editors rejecting a manuscript and what you can do to turn these mistakes into a polished manuscript that ups the odds of a yes instead of a no.

It’s a four week class, the lessons arrive in your inbox so you don’t need to be present at any day or time.

Here’s the link for more details and how to sign up.

Hope to ‘see’ you in class.
Check Out This Upcoming Writing Event

Check Out This Upcoming Writing Event

Hello fellow authors and self-publishers.

I probably don’t have to tell you that more books are being published than ever before.

That’s both a good and bad thing.

The good thing is anyone can get published now and the bad thing is you’re now competing with authors around the world.

One of the biggest struggles of an author be it someone who is published with a big company or a self-publisher, is getting the attention of readers. AKA buyers.

Some of my students have told me that the writing is the easy part but the marketing side of the business, is tough and many are clueless as to what works and what doesn’t.

I’m excited to share with you with online event that I think can help with the marketing side of your author business.

Here are all the details-

Book Profits Accelerator LIVE!

This is a 3-day live virtual event where Infostack co-founders Tom and Cary, plus some world-class expert guest speakers, will give you a step-by-step blueprint to:

Stand out in a crowded market with a captivating author brand so that you’ll be discoverable, memorable, and most of all — referrable  

Increase success by using up-to-date marketing techniques that get your book into the hands of hungry new readers, predictably

10x book sales without having to become a full-time Tik-Toker or having to shamelessly huck your books to friends and family

Grow your revenue faster that on your own

Avoid burnout with scalable systems

So whether you’re trying to ‘crack the code’ to finding hungry readers…

Or you’re already getting sales but you’re hungry to take it to the next level…

Or anything in between, we’ve got you covered.

Now, this live event is NOT one-size-fits-all.

Think of it like this.

Tom and Cary will give you a set of powerful tools for you to solve whatever puzzle you’ll encounter in your author business.

So many gurus are trying to make you run Amazon ads… dance on social media, follow their “proven systems”…

But these gurus are making everything HARDER than it needs to be!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen something this transformative.

That’s why we want you and your author business to be part of it.

Just imagine – after 3 days of getting exclusive tools, systems and actionable strategies – you’ll know exactly how to optimize, strategize, and maximize a profitable author business in 2023, and all while doing LESS…

Wouldn’t that be amazing?

If that sounds like what you need, head to this page and read more about why after this event your author business will never be the same again.

Right now the price is $147 but it will go up to $247 on Friday April 14th so if you think this is for you, I’d sign up now because who doesn’t love saving money.

Here’s the link with more details and the sign up form. And yes, this is my affiliate one and I will be compensated (but at no extra cost to you), if you enroll in the event.