Quick and Dirty Guide to Paid Traffic for Authors

Stephen Gordon Daily, Writing

Place a Google and Facebook tracking pixel on your website (if you don’t already have one). Identify the dominant Amazon genre of your book. Research the target audience of the genre. Map genre conventions and audience expectations to themes, characters, settings, and actions in the book. Create a grouped set of keywords your target audience will use to search for …

My dog is a hundred years old

Stephen Gordon Daily

My dog is a hundred years old. It’s weird because last month she was sleek, fast, and smart enough to know where I was going before I did and now she’s old. Not old in a feisty Estelle Getty in every role she ever played old but the shit deteriorating kind that’s left her incontinent, absent-minded, and struggling to stand …

Almost a list of books on writing

Stephen Gordon Daily

What didn’t feel good about today and how to avoid it tomorrow? Pain in my arm crept up to my shoulder for a restless night that got me out of bed for the day at 4 am. I hate getting old. I hate feeling that I’m getting old, but it’s a temporary state that’ll pass. The feeling that is not …

Do one thing at a time

Stephen Gordon Daily, Writing

There’s a myth that blog posts have to be structured and have a point if that’s what you’re expecting this isn’t that. I keep a journal every day, most days, not as much as I’d like and for a while, it was the usual angst drive exploration of the soul, or at least why eating Kit Kats leaves me feeling punch-drunk the …

Murder the unchosen alternative

Murder the unchosen alternative

Stephen Gordon Happy, Writing

Murder the unchosen alternative. I was awake until 5am this morning. A possible job opportunity flagged up and I spent 24 hours thinking of ways to make it happen and get the books done on time. I lost a whole day because I forgot you can’t have everything. Well I can’t have everything. You know that joke that men can’t …

Void Days

Get your head in the game dumbass

Stephen Gordon Daily, Writing

Hi Earlier Today Stephen, Do not open your fucking email, internet browser, or messenger apps until AFTER your word count is done for the day. There’s a reason you added that to your first draft checklist, dumbass. Today you were an overconfident, recovering addict. You were a few writing sprints into today, cranking out about 1,200 words an hour (which …