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Calgary Herald Interview

−Calgary Herald Interview

So thrilled to be featured in my home town newspaper. I thoroughly enjoyed talking with Eric Volmers from the Calgary Herald. In this article, I discuss where the ideas from my stories come from and more. I hope you enjoy! As Bruce Springsteen once sang, fear is a powerful thing. Which may be why so many writers — from literary heavyweight John Irving, to thriller writer Linwood Barclay, to Springsteen himself — …Read More

5 Simple Steps To Self Publishing

Congratulations – your book is ready to go live and be read by hundreds and thousands of readers…and you’re just realizing the road ahead can seem a little daunting. It doesn’t have to be. I know self publishing can seem overwhelming but if you follow these 5 strategies, that mountain you aren’t sure you can climb will quickly look like a little mole hill – trust me. Your book is ready, …Read More

Ask The Author: A Day In The Life Of…

A new feature we’ve added to my website: Ask The Author. I’m typically NOT a shy person when it comes to answering questions…so if you’ll ask, I’ll answer 🙂 If you have any questions, please feel free to place them in the comments below or email steena@steenaholmes.com. Question: “I always wanted to know what a day in the life of my favorite authors look like.”  – Colleen Turner Let me start …Read More

10 Tips for New Indie Authors

So you want to self publish you novel. Congratulations! You are about to enter into a world full of excitement, frustration, close friendships and a drive to do more. Are you ready for your journey? Do you understand what it takes? What will happen or what won’t happen? You’ll hear it at conferences…it’s a hard life, it’s challenging and exhausting and be ready. But you’ll also (I hope) hear about how …Read More

Success Tips From One Author to Another

In a few days I will be taking part in IndieReCon.org – an online conference for indie authors. It’s a conference I’ve enjoyed being part of for the past few years and if you are an author (not just indie but traditional, hybrid, wanna be…) then you should check out the conference – it’s free and full of amazing information. Joanna Penn recently asked a group of us sitting on …Read More

Being Destroyed By My Writing

January 19th I had the pleasure of guest posting on Writers In the Storm and since this subject keeps coming up, I thought I’d share it here as well. My house is quiet and I’m nursing a hot cup of coffee (my third actually) while staring at the screen and wondering what else I have left in me to write today. I don’t think there’s much. You see, last night I …Read More

Why Are We Still Arguing About Publishing Paths?

It’s 2015 and yet it feels like we’ve stepped back a few years when it comes to authors insecurities. In 2005 when my first book was published, I remember the condescension from other authors when they realized my book was published by winning a contest with a small publisher. In 2010 I remember the disdain from other writers seeking publication when I decided to try my hand at self publishing. In …Read More

Do We Still Need Pen Names?

Back in 2011 I blogged about What’s In A Pen Name and I find I’m still getting responses to it (some I don’t publish because, well…I don’t need arguments or derogatory comments to be listed here). At lot has changed since 2011 in the realm of publishing. So much that if you’re still reading blog posts dating back to 2011, you should realize that they are old and outdated. The publishing …Read More

When Do Writers Need To Escape?

Every once in a while it’s important as a writer to run away. To escape. To go somewhere by themselves without any distractions. Why? To finish a novel that is due any day. I know of several author friends who have done this and I used to be envious. I used to think it would be wonderful and amazing to just get away, to escape from all of the demands …Read More

Can Anyone Self Publish Successfully?

I get so many emails from authors wanting to know if they can self publish and how. First off – YES – anyone can self publish. My eleven year old has and I know of a ninety-year old great grandmother who recently self published her own collection of quilt designs. I don’t think that’s really the question though that I’m being asked. I think – and I could be wrong …Read More