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April 27, 2017 – 1:23 pm

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.

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December 2, 2014 – 12:23 am

Author Marketing Live Seminar – Part One

September 10, 2014 – 3:12 pm

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 …

What should we cover?

August 15, 2014 – 3:44 pm

All things being equal and all conversations being important, what’s the burning question(s) you have for your career, that others also need to know?
By this I mean, if you could ask someone a question that would help you and would be as important to other people as it was to you, what would it be?
Please note – anything that basically amounts to having specific ‘work’ …

And then you get stuck in your story

June 15, 2014 – 5:31 pm
right words

Dear writing reader,

It happened to me. I got stuck. I was typing along in my story and all of a sudden I realised that the story was wrong. Problem was… what was wrong? Where did it go wrong?
Have you ever found yourself in such a tight spot? It’s not pleasant there.
I kept looking and staring and prodding, changed bits and bobs, and it remained wrong. …

Promoting Until Your Fingers Bleed

May 31, 2014 – 10:11 pm

I began writing full time since 2009 and have managed to give myself carpal tunnel while trying to promote.  The writing always came easy, it was promotion that took up the majority of time.  I’ve done free promos, spammed my facebook, twitter, and blog with information about book releases, and what I really got from all that was some really great people to talk with.   …

Writing in first person POV

April 16, 2014 – 12:57 pm

First person point of view is where the narrator is – usually – the main protagonist. It lends the story an immediacy that other formats don’t, since it details the events from that person’s viewpoint and experience. It can be a more intimate point of view, in that the writer conveys all the thoughts and feelings of that lead character to the reader. On the …

The Indie author group resources

March 31, 2014 – 9:00 pm

We talk a lot about ‘the group’, so I thought I’d do a post about the resources we have and the best way to access everything we do.  So if you’re looking for a supportive, information loaded group, then we’ve got you covered.
Our Facebook Group | Our Twitter | Our Facebook Page | Our Pinterest
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Submitting to a traditional/legacy publisher made simple

March 12, 2014 – 6:04 pm

I was asked by a writer recently how they would go about submitting to a traditional publisher, so I created this (very) basic primer.

Finish/edit the novel. You’d be surprised how many people don’t do this step. Skip it at your peril – an unedited novel is instant death. (Even if they’ll still edit it themselves. ) Some editors will be forgiving and request a revise/resubmit. …

The Focus of a Writer

February 26, 2014 – 10:50 am

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 …

On Magical Realism

February 24, 2014 – 8:51 pm

I had never before encountered the term ‘Magical Realism’ before poet Jonathan Johnson mentioned it to me . Sometimes confused with fantasy or what I have heard described as ‘The New Weird’ Magical Realism has its roots more closely connected to folktales and mythology. A brief definition would say that Magical Realism is where “magical elements are a part of an otherwise mundane environment.”
For example: …