#StayHomeWriMo is an initiative from National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo) to “support and encourage you to stay well and find comfort in creativity in these trying times.”

And it’s adaptable to your needs! Read more about it and sign up for activities to choose among to support your well-being in any form.

As today is coming to a close (at least here), here are the prompts that arrived in my email:

3 Fun & Free Resources For Indie Authors


Resource roundup! Indie authors get quickly accustomed to finding deals and freebies, because every cent counts when you’re doing it on your own.

Try these out, and let me know what you think.

  • Free Online Book Mockup Maker. You can pop your current or upcoming book cover image into this really cool 3D book cover creator. And, as you’ve no doubt already thought, you can turn any image into a book cover, no writing required.
  • Free JPG-to-PDF Converter. Putting together your own ARC books, or just want to see all those wonderful illustrations in an easier-to-view form? If you don’t have Abode or a similar program, the online world is here to help.
  • Free PDF Compressor. Sometimes those illustrations run into hefty megabytes. Foxit, which is an alternative to Adobe, offers a free online compressor. Here’s the free reader, also.


1 week left to enter your book into the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest

Contest deadline: May 1, 2018.

I went for this last year. I didn’t win, but that was all right—I enjoyed the books that did, and overall, I believe it’s a fair shot. I certainly appreciated the free, 5-star reviews they gave my current two books!

So. . .to enter this year, that is the question!

Here are all the details you need. There is a fee.

There are also extras: