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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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Pinterest for Writers

December 23, 2015 – 3:38 pm
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First, remember that Pinterest is not a promotion or sale site, it’s simply another social media site except that it’s geared around pictures. For a writer, a Pinterest page allows readers to get to know the writer as a person, as well as your work. Your goal with Pinterest is to engage readers. So, with that in mind:

Create a Pinterest page for you as a writer. …

Pinterest – A picture is worth a thousand words

January 29, 2014 – 3:50 pm
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A picture is worth a thousand words, especially with Pinterest. This is where having a great cover makes a tremendous difference.  An intriguing cover will draw the interest of Pinterest viewers As with all social media, though, it is social media. It’s not just about promoting your books, but about getting to know you, the author, so you need to post more than just your covers. Post about …

The four E’s of Indie publishing

January 16, 2014 – 6:24 pm
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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 …

The weekly roundup, week ending January 12th

January 12, 2014 – 3:29 pm
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It’s been an interesting week for indie authors, and there’s been lots of inspiring and interesting discussions on IAG. With deepest thanks to the members that asked questions!
You can join IAG, if you’re not already a member, on Facebook. We also have our own Twitter account and Page.
The Indie Author group was founded by several prominent indie writers and is moderated to ensure that there …

Burnout city – population – me?

September 4, 2011 – 10:15 pm

This was a hard post to write. Not because I didn’t know what to write, and not because I couldn’t work out the slant, but because this week has been one of the hardest of my writing life.
And I’ve been writing for close to thirty years.
Burnout? What’s that?
First, I’d like to address a couple of misconceptions about burnout. It’s not ‘simply’ writers block, which, in …