I’ve written a number of articles at places like Kboards, and many people suggested I compile them as a resource for writers. I figured, why not? Hope these are useful!

How Gamification Will Dramatically Increase Your Word Count

10x Thinking: Applying startup methodology to indie publishing

Marketing Principles: Part 1 – The Fundamentals

Marketing Principles: Part 2 – Passive Marketing

Marketing Principles: Part 3 – Paid Advertising

Marketing is Farming Not Hunting

Dungeons and Dragons and Reader Psychology


Also check out my videos on writing and my Writing Challenges.


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  • Wondering if you had any advice on the proper formatting of a novel? I’ve recently finished writing my first novel and have done, like I’ve seen you do, written a short as incentive for signing with a mailing list.
    But I didn’t want to publish my novel and find out that some technical aspect like formatting wasn’t taken into account merely because of my lack of understanding.
    I work through scriviner. Is there a specific method you use to get proper ebook formatting?

    • I can help answer this. Chris uses Scrivener for writing, and until recently was using it for formatting ebooks. However, he’s run into a lot of issues with it. So he switched to using a program called Vellum for the actual formatting. It produces very beautiful pages and is pretty easy to use too. Chris talks about it in this video:

      • Thank you!

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  • Hi Chris,

    I just wanted to send you a motivational email. First, I’ve been very encouraged with your video posts. About ten years ago, I took several classes in college for writing. My professor for Creative Writing gave me great feedback, and I was excited about writing. My friends (who would read my stuff) and family all agreed my writing was creative and had something.

    I started applying for some writing competitions, but didn’t win. I ended up becoming upset with the feedback and quit. Recently, I’ve really had the itch to write something, now that I’m in my 40’s. You’re videos have really given my the urge to try again, without quitting. I don’t need anyone to tell me how good my writing is. I know it’s good, and I won’t quit.

    Now that I’ve watch all of your videos, and some others, I’m going to start writing. My goal is 3000 words per day. I’ve selected that because I work full time. I subscribed to your channel and am looking forward to seeing what else you come out with.

    Secondly… Please, please, please do not let your bought with depression sink in and destroy this great thing you’ve got going. You write well and I’m happy to read your stuff. You are such an encourager! Very motivational! Keep smiling and hitting your 7000 words per day!

    So, I’ll let you know when I’m ready to release my first book. I may have some additional questions…


  • I’m typically up at 4:30am to be at the plant at 6:15am so getting up earlier to write seems a little challenging. Suggestions?

    • Sorry for the delayed response. I’d start writing at 4 am. That’s brutal, I know. It’s a sacrifice. But see if it’s possible. If it isn’t, maybe your only choice is lunch / evenings. =/

  • I want to do the 21 day challenge, but the 5,000 WPH app is no longer available on iTunes. Is it available anywhere? I would like to purchase so I can use.

  • 8,964 words as of 10 on EST. 2000+day consistently!

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  • I’ve a question about Reader Magnets. As a first time indy-publisher, when is the best time to offer up your free novella to jumpstart your mailing list? I intend to sandbag two novels before publishing the first. Then strive to release a new book every 4 months thereafter. So if my first book comes out December 20th, and the preorder begins December 1st, should I release the free novella Sept. 1st to maximize how many people I can add to my Mailchimp list? -OR- Release the free novella closer to the 1st book’s launch date, say 2 weeks before?

    Which is more optimal? Is it better to have people know your new book is just around the corner? Is there a risk in losing readers from promoting too soon?

  • Hi Chris,

    I’m about to publish my first novel, Hannibal’s Foe in November. I am trying to decide if I should go wide or stay with KU. My question, and I’ve searched for someone who has addressed this specifically, is:

    If I go with KU, and use Ingramspark to do paperback and hardcover, will the hardcover actually get into stores? Or will the hardcover just be for my vanity and not go anywhere.


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  • Chris, I love your content. Your delivery is clear and concise. With that said, I was wondering if you coach or offer consultation services. I’ve been marketing for about ten years, so I am pretty familiar with a basics( I don’t need a full course). What I need is someone to talk to about strategy and book marketing. Please tell me if this is something that you do.

    Thanks in advance.


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