The Power of One

The Power of One

A couple of weeks ago (in other words, centuries in the past, in Internet time), someone (let’s call her Naive Non-Fiction Author) published an article on one of the big aggregator sites, saying that all self-published books were terrible, and that all self-published authors were deluded fools who write drivel in hopes of parting honest readers from their hard-earned cash. Predictably, sparks flew. Authors wrote responses to Naive...

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Treat and Treat Again (Writing Retreats for the Busy Author)

Treat and Treat Again (Writing Retreats for the Busy Author)

::blowing dust off the blog:: The Old Retreat Model Once upon a time, I wrote an article about writers’ retreats, summarizing different types of retreats for different types of writers. The full article is now available for free on my website. I summarized my ideal retreat at the end: My ideal retreat is an intimate gathering of no more than six friends.  We get together three or four times a year, for a three-day weekend at each...

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Z is for Zephyr

Z is for Zephyr

Z is for Zephyr. Zephyr is the west wind, a light wind, one that has traditionally been considered the most mild and favorable. Your writing career is beset with winds of change. The past ten years have seen massive consolidation in the traditional publishing field, with many long-time leaders merging. Imprints have been dropped and treasured editors have been let go. Ten years ago, Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing did not exist; today, it is...

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Y is for You

Y is for You

Y is for You. You’ve now had a chance to read twenty-four essays about writing. You’ve had the opportunity to answer questions about every topic, organizing your personal thoughts. Along the way, you’ve certainly found some advice that conflicts with your own knowledge or beliefs. You’ve read suggestions that will never work for you, given what you write, or how you write. And that’s okay. No writing advice book is perfect for all writers at...

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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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