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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 …

Self-publishing 101

January 15, 2016 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

Write a good book and finish it. Do not even consider self-publishing until it’s finished, with good cover art and editing.
Write at least two and up to five more books before releasing Book One, even if it’s in another genre – nothing sells Book One like Book Two, Three, etc.
Give the first book to beta readers for evaluation – give them a time to return …

Reality Check for Indie Authors

July 3, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment
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I n all honesty I suspect that Scribd found the path of least resistance in their romance/erotica decision. (Witness the petitions to Jeff Bezos/Amazon asking him to change the review policy.) The truth of the matter is likely to be a more harsh reality – a lot of romance/erotica readers were downloading books, finding them to be dreck and so they didn’t finish them, they just …

Writing series/sequels

April 13, 2015 – 11:57 pm | No Comment
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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 …

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 …

What to write. For writers and the like.

February 17, 2015 – 11:12 am | No Comment
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Dear writer,
Maybe you already have a very clear image of what you want to write. If so, power to you. If you have not such a clear image, power and pictures to you to get the image you want. I’m going to try and put down some help here for you. Help that I think might be good advice, although opinions, as mileage, might vary.
Genre
This …

Our groups and subgroups, and the award winning project!

February 9, 2015 – 9:46 pm | No Comment
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EXTRA, EXTRA!
The Indie Author Group has won a Preditors and Editors award!
We were voted BEST DISCUSSION FORUM, 2014!

And while we’re here – would you like to join some new writer’s groups?
Our main writers groups are our closed one – Indie Author Group
Our open group is smaller, but just as friendly  – Indie Author Writing Group
On top of that we have a Triberr tribe, where we …

So you’re a writer. Then be one.

December 7, 2014 – 10:30 am | No Comment
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Dear reading writer,
A while ago I had a very interesting and eye-opening talk with someone. Before I go into this, let me ask you a question. How many of you look at yourself as a real author/writer? With this I mean a writer like Stephen King, Agatha Christie, George R.R. Martin, Jackie Collins and others in that range of fame? If you do then you can …

Primer for New writers

June 8, 2014 – 8:42 pm | One Comment
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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 …

Points of view…

March 8, 2014 – 8:22 am | No Comment
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From The Fellowship of the Rings – “There were some that shook their heads and thought that this was too much of a good thing; it seemed unfair that anyone should possess (apparently) perpetual youth as well as (reputably) inexhaustible wealth.
“It will have to be paid for….”
Notice that the sentence is in no discernible particular voice.
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From Dune – ‘Paul’ heard the fear in her voice …