Author: R.M. Archer

R.M. Archer has been an avid reader since she was a toddler and has always been a lover of story. Her first exploration of the other side of the page was a mystery at age seven, and though her preferred genre has changed, her interest in writing has not. She's a homeschooled teenager living with her family in northern Virginia.
Self-Publishing 101: What Does It Really Take?

Self-Publishing 101: What Does It Really Take?

Last week I talked about the pros and cons of self-publishing versus traditional publishing, and this week I want to talk about what indie publishing really entails. From first draft to marketing after you’ve published, self-publishing (and traditional publishing) takes a lot of time and effort, and I want to shine a light on some of the concrete steps that Continue reading “Self-Publishing 101: What Does It Really Take?”

NaNoWriMo Week 2 Check-In

NaNoWriMo Week 2 Check-In

Current total word count: 23,248 (hoping to get up to 23,500 this evening)

Favorite snippet from this week:

Duyên stepped onto the porch as a peal of thunder rolled in the distance. She looked up at the dark clouds gathering over the jungle and frowned. The sunset was coming faster than usual.

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Self-Publishing 101: Traditional vs. Indie Publishing

Self-Publishing 101: Traditional vs. Indie Publishing

I said I was taking a blogging hiatus… but then I was talking in one of my writing groups about publishing and the pros and cons of traditional and indie publishing, and I realized I could write a whole blog series on publishing. And since a lot of people are going to be working on finishing first drafts this month, it seemed like a decent time. (Not that I’m saying people should publish their first drafts. Definitely edit your work. But the conclusion of a first draft is a good time to start thinking about your long-term plans for it.) Now, most of the posts in this series are going to be about indie/self-publishing, because that’s what I have the most experience with, but this post is all about Continue reading “Self-Publishing 101: Traditional vs. Indie Publishing”

Know the Novel Part 2 – Within the WIP

Know the Novel Part 2 – Within the WIP

Part 2 of the Know the Novel link-up has arrived! It’s probably early to be doing this, but I’m super excited to share more about Calligraphy Guild, so… here we are. Part two is all about the writing process!

1. How’s the writing going overall?

Pretty well! It hasn’t been as “fun” as I was hoping for it to be, but I’ve been making steady progress and I’m fairly happy with the results, as far as first drafts go. It’s definitely Continue reading “Know the Novel Part 2 – Within the WIP”

NaNoWriMo Week 1 Check-In

NaNoWriMo Week 1 Check-In

I was fully intending to keep up my normal blog schedule this month, since I knew what I was going to write for the first two weeks and I could brainstorm further topics later, but… I then just didn’t get around to actually writing my first post. And since I’m really getting focused on my writing (which hasn’t happened in a long time, so I’m really happy!), I think that’s likely to be the case for the rest of this month. So I’ll be taking a hiatus for November, except NaNoWriMo updates, and hopefully I’ll be able to arrange a working balance of tasks as the month goes on and I learn to write consistently again, lol.

Anyway, every Thursday I’ll plan to put up a NaNoWriMo update (and tomorrow I have a bonus, because Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Week 1 Check-In”