X is for (E)xposure

X is for (E)xposure

X is for (E)xposure. (Yeah, so sue me. Or give me an idea of another “X” word to write about.) Before an author publishes a book, they revise it, edit it, copyedit it, proofread it, and format it.  Through each of those iterations, the book becomes better and better. By the time it hits stores, it’s the best version of that book the author could write. But that’s not enough for the book to sell well. Rather, potential readers need to learn that...

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A Baseball Love Story

A Baseball Love Story

Once upon a time, I knew nothing about baseball or its distaff cousin, softball. (Insert sad story about being chosen last for every ball game in elementary, middle, and high school.) Then I met my husband. Mark is a living encyclopedia of baseball. He studies Bill James’s Abstracts as bits of light reading. He was asked not to field any more questions at a Cooperstown Hall of Fame trivia contest because he knew all the answers. He lives,...

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W is for Workspace

W is for Workspace

W is for Workspace. Every author has a preferred workspace. Lucky authors get to work under those conditions on a regular basis. Everyone else figure out ways to make do. A workspace has many elements.  First, authors have to have some way of setting down their words. Some people work with pen and paper. Others work on computers (including phones, tablets, and anything else that takes typed or tapped input.)  Others record their work, using...

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Two Times the Fun!

Two Times the Fun!

I’ve been sitting on this news for way too long!  But today, I finally get to share a new project:  Magic Times Two! Yep!  That’s two books in one! More to the point, Magic Times Two is two full-length novels for the price of one! Want more information? * * * Magic Times Two: Two Books for the Price of One! A Unique Duo of Humorous paranormal romances by USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky and award-winning author Deborah...

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V is for Vanity Publishing

V is for Vanity Publishing

V is for vanity publishing. Once upon a time, it was easy to spot the vanity publishers (also known as vanity presses or subsidized publishers.)  They were the ones who advertised in magazines, promising to turn an author’s brilliant prose into printed books. They hinted at magnificent fame and fortune, all there for the asking—if only an author paid a large sum of money up front. As frustrating as vanity publishing was, it was easy to warn off...

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