Mission Accomplished

It is the custom here at No Rules to take a moment each New Year to decide upon a word to guide us for the rest of the year.   (Here was my 2014 Word of the Year)   This year my word is both frightening and joyful. Keep reading to find out what it […]

Everything I Know in a Nutshell

NOTE from CJ: I get emails asking this same question several times a week, so I thought I’d post a fictional composite version along with my usual, oft-repeated answer. Subject: Quick Question Message Body: Hi CJ, I just finished reading an interview with you and had to write. I just put out my third book […]

Lessons Learned from Juggling 407 Books and Authors

I came up with the idea for Digital Book Day, created the site, and had it up and running for the first DBD in less than ten days. It was a whirlwind (don’t tell my agent or editor because I got no writing done that week!) and tons of fun, as well as a great […]

7 Questions that Will Change How You Publish

A week and a half ago I heard World Book Night was closing in the US, and I had the crazy notion to replicate it with digital books. And Digital Book Day was created. I did it as a way to honor readers and also to have some fun—given the chaos surrounding the publishing industry […]

Want New Readers?

If you’re as sick of hearing about the industry woes as I am, then here’s a chance to celebrate our readers (and maybe get some new ones!)I’m declaring Monday, July 14th Digital Book Day! (that’s also Bastille Day, btw!)If you have a free book you want to include, check it out: http://www.digitalbookday.com/The About and Submission […]

How to Launch Like It’s 1999

Last month I discussed why you don’t really need to worry about launching a book in a pre-ordained window. Instead, you can allow your book to build momentum rather than artificially trying to orchestrate excitement, reviews, and sales within a narrow period.   BUT, let’s face it. Writing a book is hard—damn hard. It’s most […]

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