Chris Morris, CPA for Writers, Freelancers, and Small Businesses, on Why You Should Treat Your Writing Like a Business

I digitally met Chris Morris, a CPA for writers, a few years ago through a mutual friend. In that time, I’ve gone freelance and he launched his own accounting company to help writers, freelancers, and small business owners.

Chris Morris CPA for writersChris related that he specializes in helping the creative entrepreneurs, regardless of whether the business started yesterday or two decades ago. Over 75% of his clients are entrepreneurs. He helps painters, graphic designers, wedding photographers, editors, authors, and even the neighborhood swimming pool guy. He knows your business is too complex to trust it to a tax preparation service that you might find in the grocery store, especially when you need a lot more than just tax work. And one day soon, he will publish both of his manuscripts and start fleshing out the crazy fiction idea he cannot shake from his memory.

If I wasn’t married to a CPA (who fortunately offers me no-fee advice), I’d certainly be going to Chris for all of my tax and accounting needs. He was very gracious with his advice in this interview, which speaks to the facts that he knows what he’s talking about and that he’s generous with his expertise. (more…)

By | April 28th, 2016|Writing|0 Comments

Author Brad Whittington Talks Self-Publishing, Writing, and The Reluctant Saint

Brad Whittington I’ve known Brad Whittington since his son and I were in the high school drumline together. As good friends with his son, I became fast friends with the family—all spectacular people in their own right. But life happened. The Whittingtons moved away, and I eventually went to college.

Still, I kept in touch, especially after Brad’s first book, Welcome to Fred, was picked up by a traditional publisher in 2003. The book is an hilarious, semi-autobiographical, fish out of water, adolescent preacher kid coming-of-age novel set in East Texas. (258 Amazon reviews averaging 4.5 stars can’t be wrong.) The setup was so ripe with fascinating characters and plot possibilities that he wrote two follow-ups, Living with Fred and Escape from Fred.

In time, Brad got the rights to those books back, and he re-published them under his own imprint, Wunderfool Books, beginning in 2010. Since then, he’s released at least one new self-published book every year. So, as he’s just released his ninth novel, The Reluctant Saint, I thought it prime time to ask him a few questions about self-publishing, the new book, and his writing influences. (more…)

By | April 6th, 2016|Self Publishing|0 Comments

Cartoonist Wes Molebash Talks Writing, Productivity, Inspiration, and What’s Next for MOLEBASHED

On March 29th, Wes Molebash began his first Kickstarter project to fund print and digital editions of the first season of his autobiographical, family-based comic strip, MOLEBASHED. I’m interviewing him today for three reasons:

  1. I’ve (digitally) known Wes since he created the fantastic chapter title page illustrations for my first book, The Gospel According to Breaking Bad.
  2. MOLEBASHED centers on Wes’s new dadness. As a new dad myself, some of the comic strips, like the one included below, would almost be verbatim what happened to me on that particular day. They were eerily accurate in many instances.
  3. Supporting creatives is what creatives ought to do.


Other favorites include Advice for Soon-to-be-Dads, Welcome Home, Parker, We’re Never Gonna Sleep, and 3 Things That Will Occur During Your Baby’s First Week Home. (more…)

By | March 30th, 2016|Books|0 Comments

Looking for a Book Editor?

Image created by K.M. Weiland

Image created by K.M. Weiland

You may have come to the right place, but maybe not. For instance, what’s missing from my list of writing and editing services?

I provide ghostwriting, co-writing, nonfiction developmental editing and manuscript critiques, and both nonfiction and fiction copyediting services.

What’s missing is quite an important task: developmental editing for fiction. Currently, I don’t offer that editing service. Why? Because I’m still a student of story, and while I’d like to assume I have a pretty good grasp of it, I don’t currently have the breadth of experience to offer developmental editing for fiction.


This excellent list of book editors compiled by K.M. Weiland will help you.


By | February 26th, 2016|Editing, Writing|0 Comments

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a writer's prayer

By | February 19th, 2016|Writing|0 Comments

Robert McKee Answers “What Should I Ask Myself Before Writing a Story?”

Robert McKee, the guru of storytelling and author of Story, answers a writer’s question: “What questions should a writer ask herself prior to writing a story?

It’s a good question, but McKee provides a great answer, distilling the thousands of questions that swirl within a writer’s mind into possibly the single most important question to ask yourself before writing any story.

By | December 8th, 2015|Writing|0 Comments

Do You Know the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing?

5-editors-tackle-the-12 fatal flaws of fiction writingIf you don’t know the 12 fatal flaws of fiction writing, don’t worry. I didn’t either.

In fact, I’m willing to bet there are at least a dozen more (that I’m sure to discover in due time). But, as for the specific 12 fatal flaws of fiction writing I’m currently discussing, five fantastic editors cover them in a book that releases tomorrow, aptly titled 5 Editors Tackle The 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing.

Truth be told, I haven’t finished reading it, but gauging from the first three chapters, this is a book I’ll certainly finish before embarking upon my own great novel-writing adventure. (more…)

By | November 30th, 2015|Self Publishing, Writing|0 Comments

About “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” My New Book on Editing

Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor releases today.

For the next three days, it will be available for 99¢, so if you’re remotely interested in learning more about how an editor can help your book, I highly recommend purchasing it soon.

The book came about following a discussion with an online writing group of mine. They helped me to realize that this kind of book could be helpful to many authors who may be unsure about seeking out an editor’s help.

Personally, my favorite chapter is the last and longest one, “Unveiling Validation’s Hiding Place: How to Defeat Every Writer’s Nightmare.” I collected dozens of quotes from very well-known authors that ought to both challenge and inspire every author.

As for what the rest of the book holds, here’s the chapter breakdown: (more…)

By | December 1st, 2014|Self Publishing, Writing|0 Comments

How (Not) to Respond to a Bad Book Review

How Not to Respond to a Bad Book Review on The Write LifeI’m writing at today on how not to respond to a bad book review.

I look at the plight of one Stephan J. Harper, an author whose defensive and self-justifying rants on a bad book review of his own work made him a minor Internet celebrity. I feel for the guy, because no one likes a bad review. But there are certain, shall we say, unwritten rules of etiquette when it comes to author/reviewer interactions, and Mr. Harper breaks every last one of them.

I share my own poor reviews as well. Fortunately, rather than causing me to question my existence, these reviews make me laugh today. Every writer, no matter their fame or ability, will garner a bad review.

How to Turn a Bad Book Review into Positive Action

In The War of Art, Steven Pressfield gets to the heart of the matter and shares a lesson that all writers would do well to learn as early on as they can: “The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered for hell, whether he knows it or not. He will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt, and humiliation.”

So with this kind of dinner presented before us on a consistent basis, how can we effectively handle the inevitable? I close the post by offering “7 Non-Career-Destroying Ways to Deal with Bad Book Reviews,” all of which I’ve tried and all of which I’m sure I’ll be trying again with each new book.

I hope you’ll take some time and read the post, then leave your comment on that post about how you handle bad reviews.

Read “About to Respond to a Negative Review of Your Book? Read This First” at

By | October 29th, 2014|Guest Posts, Self Publishing, Writing|0 Comments

What Do You Want to Know About Working with an Editor?

By the end of this month, I’m aiming to have the first draft of a short ebook done that offers practical advice on how writers can work better with copyeditors. It’s mostly targeted toward first-time indie authors who might be wary about paying good money to have their books edited.

Last year, prior to the release of my own indie-published book The Gospel According to Breaking Bad, I was that kind of writer: fearful to release my words to the public, hesitant to hire an editor, and utterly convinced that if I did hire an editor, my book sales would never recoup my investment.

Now, after having been edited and reading as much as I can about the state of both self-publishing and traditional publishing, I’m an ardent proponent of always having your book professionally edited.

Of course, as a freelance editor I’m much more biased than I used to be, but even if part of my livelihood didn’t rely on copyediting, I would still encourage every writer connection of mine to seek a qualified and competent copyeditor to work on their book before sending it out into the world.

In my forthcoming ebook, I go into much more detail about why all writers should seek copyediting. In fact, next week (should the scheduling remain the same), the first chapter of the book will go live as a guest post on Simon Whistler’s Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast website. In that chapter I cover the basics of copyediting, like when an author should hire an editor, how much it might cost, and how the process tends to work.

Until then, what questions do you have about working with a copyeditor?

I want to ensure that my book covers a majority of the questions writers might want to know, so ask away.

By | October 20th, 2014|Books, Self Publishing, Writing|9 Comments