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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New Articles for Writers: Boxed Sets, Metadata, and Rapid-Release Publishing

New Articles for Writers: Boxed Sets, Metadata, and Rapid-Release Publishing

Every so often, I add to the content of my website, posting articles of interest to writers. I’ve recently added three such articles: Boxed Sets: What is Old is New Again Managing Metadata: Mastering Mountains of Minutiae Rapid-Release Publishing: How to Do It, and Whether It’s Right For You If you’re a writer, check them out to see if they can help you build your career.  If you’re a reader, take a peek at some of the...

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And Now for Something Completely Different – Ivy League Edition

And Now for Something Completely Different – Ivy League Edition

Way too many years ago, I graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English.  That means I spent a lot of time discussing fine literature, and I wrote a thesis on — I’m not kidding — non-teleological thought in the novels of John Steinbeck. And now, I write romance novels. I don’t expect those worlds to meet up very often. I mean, there’s not a course I took in college that would welcome the Diamond...

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My Own NaNoWriMo

My Own NaNoWriMo

I’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo. (Insert long list of reasons why, starting with my early indignant exclamations that drafting 50K words is not writing a novel, and ending with my later understanding that most people who do NaNo seriously understand that fact, but I still have always kept my own writing schedule…) But this year, I sorta, kinda did my own NaNo. I went on a writing retreat last week and drafted 66,000 words of a...

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