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To a writer, words should be sacred

March 26, 2015 – 2:15 pm | No Comment
Respect words

“If you don’t have the time to read you don’t have the time (or tools) to write, it’s as simple as that” – Stephen King
“You can’t write well what you don’t read for pleasure. If it doesn’t entertain you, it’s not going to entertain anyone else” – Nora Roberts
I was reading a blog the other day and I was appalled at the errors. The writer …

Don’t make me pull out my teeny tiny violin…

March 26, 2015 – 1:13 pm | No Comment
Write with your heart

Lately, there have been a lot of writers crying the blues about their books – “I’m promoting like mad, but no one is downloading my book,” or  “I can’t get any reviews,” or “Someone gave me a bad one-star review.” Oh, gee, I say as I search for it on the interwebz, I’m so sorry. My books are selling, but 1. I promote judiciously and 2. I …

It Takes a Village

February 13, 2015 – 9:04 pm | No Comment
King-on-writing

I’m sure you’ve all heard the phrase “It Takes A Village” in reference to raising kids. I think it’s true in terms of growing an author, too! We need support, encouragement, advice, and sometimes a helping hand.
Writing can be a lonely and solitary endeavor. A writer spends so much time alone with nothing but her thoughts and a computer. When I’m deep into a book …

Introducing everything you need to be a better writer

December 2, 2014 – 12:23 am | Comments Off on Introducing everything you need to be a better writer

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 …

Primer for New writers

June 8, 2014 – 8:42 pm | One Comment
Writer-kitteh-300x207

What’s the most common question most writers get after ‘where do you get your ideas? How do you write a book? Neil Gaiman answered that question the best – you put your butt in the chair and type a sentence. Then another. It’s as simple and as hard as that. (Paraphrased, of course.) For some people – pantsers aka those who write by the seat of …

The Focus of a Writer

February 26, 2014 – 10:50 am | No Comment

Many of my life successes I attribute to my ability to focus.  I’ve written before (http://theotherstephenkingonwriting.blogspot.com/2012/08/two-lessons-about-goal-setting.html) about the focus on a physical fitness goal that earned me admission to West Point, for example.  Focus earned me graduation from there with dual majors, and focus later helped me finish all the way to a PhD.  Focus in my day job has carried me through a great …

The four E’s of Indie publishing

January 16, 2014 – 6:24 pm | No Comment
IAG one

There are four e’s to indie publishing – four elements that just can’t be skimped on, or you’ll destroy yourself.  That destruction will come from poor reviews, and your image, once damaged, is really difficult to repair.  Once you’re known as a writer that doesn’t care about his/her product, though you’ll still gain readers, there will eventually be a barrier to your evolution as a …

REALLY?!

August 2, 2013 – 8:00 pm | One Comment

REALLY?! For the third or fourth time this week someone posted on Facebook to ask how a character in their book would behave or a book should go or end. Again, really? (And please, don’t out yourself in the comments…)
Do you seriously not know?
Now, I’m a pantser – I write by the seat of my pants – but whether a pantser, a plotter or someone in between, I’d …