Top Secret Work Habits of the Successful Novelist

By Randy Ross

(Note: this piece first appeared in Calliope)

Recently, I've been working on my novel at the local library, where I don't have Web access to distract me. Last week, a successful novelist* started coming in to work on what I'm assuming is his next book. So, I've had the good fortune to observe his routine, which I'd like to share.

June 24, 2013 | Randy Ross

Guest Post The Writing Life

If You Write What You Love, Will the Money Follow?

If you write what you love will the money follow?

By Randy Ross (Portions of this piece originally published on Randy's Blog, The Loneliest Planet.)


April 22, 2013 | Randy Ross

Books & Reading Craft Advice The Writing Life

How to Read Your Writing in Public

Confession time:

I have no New York publisher.
I have no agent.
Hell, I haven't even finished writing my novel. (It will be done in January, I swear!)

Still, I've been able to read excerpts from the manuscript more than fifty times at venues in Boston, New York, and once while on a ski vacation in Revelstoke, Canada.

One more confession: I'm no actor, but I've gotten better at reading in public. And you can, too.

August 29, 2012 | Randy Ross

Books & Reading Craft Advice The Writing Life

Twitter Tips for Writers Who Hate Social Media

(Originally published on Randy’s blog, The Loneliest Planet.)

It's easy to hate social media.

  • It can be incredibly time consuming.

  • It's constantly changing: Some experts now claim that Twitter and Facebook are past their primes and will soon be replaced by something else, like say, Pinterest.

July 24, 2012 | Randy Ross

Diary of a Book Marketing Novice: Twitter

(Originally published on Randy’s blog, The Loneliest Planet.)

I've had a Twitter account for two years and it's generally been a waste of time. Realizing that problem had to be me and not Twitter, I borrowed not one, but three, social media marketing books from the library.

The bad news: My previous book marketing experience with search engine optimization and keywords was a blast compared to Twitter.

June 26, 2012 | Randy Ross