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The Power of One

Posted by on January 15, 2017 in business of writing, recent, self-publishing, writing | 8 comments

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 Non-Fiction Author on Facebook and Twitter and personal blogs. Some people responded to the content of the...

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

Posted by on December 1, 2016 in recent, writing | 1 comment

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 gathering.  We stay in the home of one author, often doubling up in guest rooms.  We focus on solitary...

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Cupcake Tarot

Posted by on August 5, 2016 in fright court, recent, vampire series | 12 comments

Cupcake Tarot

Cupcake Tarot. But first… Magic Times Two, my two-book duo special with Deborah Blake, goes on sale on August 18.  What’s it all about? You can get *two* full-length light paranormal novels for the price of *one*! (The low, low price of one — Magic Times Two only costs $2.99!) If you haven’t read Fright Court, this is a great way to get your hands on the book. And if you have read Fright Court,  this is your chance to revisit it, and to discover Deborah Blake’s fun, exciting witchy read. (A practicing witch! A...

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Announcing The Rational Writer: A to Z

Posted by on July 19, 2016 in rational writer, recent | 2 comments

Announcing  The Rational Writer: A to Z

When I was a camp counselor, the word “announcements” was an invitation to the campers to start singing a thoroughly obnoxious song, drowning out any important information that was about to be shared.  I think I can trust all of you to let me say:  The Rational Writer: A to Z is in stores today! Last year, I published The Rational Writer: Nuts and Bolts, a book that included legal forms and spreadsheets, all appropriate for experienced writers.  When that book hit the stands, a number of people asked me what advice I had to share...

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Z is for Zephyr

Posted by on July 15, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | Comments Off on 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 the largest self-publishing platform for writers.  The Kindle itself had not been released, although...

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CV of Failures

Posted by on July 12, 2016 in recent, web wonders | 2 comments

CV of Failures

Last week, I read about Johannes Haushofer’s “CV of Failures.” Haushofer is an assistant professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University.  He wrote:  “Most of what I try fails, but these failures are often invisible, while the successes are visible.  I have noticed that this sometimes gives others the impression that most things work out for me…” And so Haushofer listed the academic things that did not work out for him — degree programs he was not admitted to, grants he did not...

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Y is for You

Posted by on July 8, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | Comments Off on 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 all times. You’re not only allowed to disagree with the advice in this book, you’re encouraged to do...

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X is for (E)xposure

Posted by on July 1, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | Comments Off on 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 the book exists. The author needs exposure. Once upon a time, authors were told that the only...

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A Baseball Love Story

Posted by on June 28, 2016 in all-star baseball romance bundle, catching hell, just one of those things, recent, special deals | Comments Off on 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, breathes, and loves baseball. When we met, Mark’s team was the Red Sox. Because I enjoyed...

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W is for Workspace

Posted by on June 24, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | 4 comments

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 programs to transcribe the spoken word into a file that can be edited later. Brainstorming is often...

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