Stake Me Out to the Ball Game

Stake Me Out to the Ball Game

A couple of years ago, I heard about a brilliant publishing effort:  The Uncollected Anthology. Seven authors banded together to publish urban fantasy short stories.  Each quarter, they chose a theme, each author wrote a story centered on the theme, each author published her story independently, and all the authors shared telling the world about their work. Imagine how excited I was when the Uncollected Anthology invited me to be a guest...

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Registration Now Open – Intellectual Property Boot Camp for Writers

Registration Now Open – Intellectual Property Boot Camp for Writers

The September 2017 Session of Intellectual Property Boot Camp for Writers is now open for registration! The online course will begin on September 5, 2017 and finish on September 30, 2017.  During that time, new lessons will be posted approximately every other day. The Intellectual Property Boot Camp for Writers is an intensive online course, designed to teach traditional-, self-published, and hybrid authors everything they need to know about...

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Plotting, Pantsing, and Something In Between

Plotting, Pantsing, and Something In Between

In the age old discussion of how writers write, people often make a distinction between plotters (people who create an outline prior to writing, also called “architects” by George R. R. Martin, of Game of Thrones fame, because they develop blueprints for the finished structure prior to beginning work) and pantsers (people who write “by the seat of their pants”, making it all up as they go along, also called...

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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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