Style Your USB Drive for NaNoWriMo (2015 Edition)

October 19, 2015

This is a re-hashed version of my 2013 NaNoWriMo USB drive post (which was, awesomely enough, featured in NaNoWriMo's procrastination station. Whoa!).

Back up your work.

Every year, too many writers lose the one and only copy of their novels due to computer malfunctions, unfortunate accidents, and novel-stealing gnomes. Fortunately, you can avoid losing your manuscript by frequently backing up to multiple locations. (Use two or three from this post for maximum security.) Today, I'm going to show you Mac users how to set up a snazzy USB drive for NaNoWriMo. (If you're using a PC, follow this tutorial instead.)

Making of Monday [v.15]

July 13, 2015

It's been almost six months since I've done a 'Making of' Monday post—say whaaaaat?!

Available here.

In retrospect, I think the ornate lettering of The Lunar Chronicles' covers and the overall aesthetic of Insurgent subconsciously inspired this design. Storm Fall was definitely out of my comfort zone, so mission accomplished! (I'm making a point of branching out into new genres this year.)

Cover sales have also surged this year, which is continually mind-blowing for me because I am being paid to do something fun. I even found a copycat who ripped off some of my stuff on Etsy, which was equal parts flattering and rage-inducing. Milestones, y'all.


[UPDATED] A Word of Caution for 99Designs Designers

March 17, 2015

UPDATE: On 3/30/15, someone from 99designs contacted me to apologize for the way my case was handled after having read this blog post. The stolen winning design was removed, action was taken against the designer's account, and I received (reasonable!) compensation on 4/13/15. Huzzah!