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Self-Editing 101

April 27, 2017 – 1:23 pm | No Comment
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Spelling – Even the best spellers make mistakes. Use a software program like Grammarly or WordWeb (both of which have free versions.) Both may catch other errors in word usage – like affect vs. effect – and both do offer a thesaurus so you can find a better word or correct one that’s overused.

One of the first things they may or may not tell you …

Writing series/sequels

April 13, 2015 – 11:57 pm | No Comment
Looks like a good book

First, readers love series/sequels. However, the next book in any series should always be a standalone book, that is unless you really want to annoy your readers. And you should only write it because you have more to say, because you like the world in which you wrote it, or because you love the characters so much that you want to spend more time with …

Author Marketing Live! – Part Two

September 10, 2014 – 6:09 pm | 3 Comments

Yes, it really did need two posts! There was a LOT of information! I was getting overwhelmed, so if I misrepresent things, forgive me!
Hunter Boyle spoke about using e-mail to keep in contact with your fans and to build your fan base. He also advocated setting higher expectations, creating e-mail connections with the offer of a freebie. Create a compelling call to action – i.e. …

Author Marketing Live Seminar – Part One

September 10, 2014 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

I’ll be honest, I was half afraid that the seminar would be nothing more than a sales pitch, but it wasn’t. Even the sponsors didn’t promote, which was refreshing. (And made it more likely for someone like me to recommend their services.) The speakers were by and large very informative and sometimes funny. Some of it was more geared toward non-fiction than fiction, but even …

The Only Constant is Change

July 18, 2013 – 10:33 am | One Comment

J. K. Rowling has been taking a few hits lately in social media – first because she (or her publisher) decided to change the covers of the Harry Potter books and second because of her decision to publish her mystery novel under a different name.
Changes though, are sometimes necessary. Take that mystery for example. How many people might have mistakenly purchased it and given that …

How many, how often?

July 11, 2013 – 8:32 am | 4 Comments

“How many books should I write, how often should I release them?” That’s a question I hear a lot as an administrator to a writer’s page, next to, ‘How do I become a rich and famous Indie writer.’ Or any kind of writer.
There is no simple answer, but I’ll do the best I can.
I once read that you should have at least three books written before …

Care and feeding of an indie author – aka, look after yourself

June 4, 2013 – 8:11 am | 2 Comments

One of the major things I do have quite a bit to say after that extended hiatus is the ‘care and feeding’ of your muse, yourself and your immediate family.  I don’t mean ‘earn enough to buy food’,  because if that’s your goal, you really should probably be looking elsewhere to at least supplement our income. I mean ‘looking after thyself’.
I didn’t…
The big problem with …

TSTL – Too stupid to live

May 23, 2013 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

I heard this once from an editor because my heroine went to a fight wearing skirt. Which would probably come as a bit of a shock to any Scot wearing a kilt, and a few martial artists as well. As someone who took martial arts training – in a standard gi – I can tell you that trying to do high side kicks in jeans …

Be a little… different

May 16, 2013 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ” Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon gave us cowboys in space – just look at the way Nathan Fillion was dressed – right down to the ‘companion’ with a heart of gold, the preacher and the doctor all along for the ride. …

It’s a Writer’s Life for me….

January 8, 2013 – 2:12 am | 2 Comments

Midnight, eyes shoot open… oh what a wonderful idea! Seeing the castle, and the flames, hearing the shouts of the fighters, the clash and clangor of swords and shields. Slips out of bed to keep from waking significant other and hurries to the computer, tripping over cat in the dark. Whispers, ‘sorry, sorry’, pats cat, and sits down at keyboard. Pours a glass of wine. Music, I …