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Book Marketing – Self-Publishing Tips

I recently received a newsletter from Publisher’s Weekly/Booklife and wanted to share it with you.  I gained a great deal of valuable knowledge from this article. There was a lot here I already knew, but there are some new marketing … Continue reading

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Writing Tip – Hooks and Cliff Hangers

Want to keep a reader interested in your book?  The first thing you need is a good hook.  You want to draw that reader in with something edgy within the first few paragraphs, but at the very least the first page.  … Continue reading

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Writing Tip – The Dreaded Synopsis #amwriting

Okay, your manuscript is ready, you’ve mustered up  the courage and you’re ready to submit to an agent or a publisher.  You do your research and you find one or two that you think will be a fit for your … Continue reading

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Writing Tip – Cleaning Up Word Vomit #amwriting

I believe it was the movie Mean Girls that first introduced this term to me, and I  thought it was an apt description of what I see a lot in the submissions I’ve read.  Word Vomit is a phrase I … Continue reading

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To “CON” or “Not To CON”, That Is The Question #awriting #authors

I’m sitting here recovering after my most successful conference attendance as an author since becoming published. I just got back from Authors After Dark 2o15 in Atlanta, and I’ll tell you it was extremely successful. I met a ton of … Continue reading

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Mara’s Passion Excerpt – Thought I’d Share Some of My Own Work

Good Morning, For those who have been asking, I thought I’d share a writing sample from my latest release Mara’s Passion, Book Three in the Saving Shenanigans Trilogy.  Enjoy!  While he made his way to a nearby table, the crowd … Continue reading

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A Compelling Story Is Not Enough

I started a new book by a new author last night, and while it had a great hook, and the story began with a bang, it is already disappointing. Why? Poor editing. I am so disappointed for this writer. The … Continue reading

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Writing Tip – Patience, Grasshopper – Let it Marinate #awriting

I want to share with you a lesson I learned from a very wise young man.  My 20 year old son.  He is quite the visionary attending the University of Florida, hoping to eventually enter the film industry.  Very often he reviews … Continue reading

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Writing Tip – Why is Reading For Pleasure Important to the Craft of Writing #amwriting

I was working on a story the other day and spending some time reflecting when an email came in from a fan.  The question asked of me was, “How do you find time to read for pleasure?”  I’ll share with … Continue reading

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Writing Tip – Stuck on a Scene? Try Changing POV #amwriting

While working on a novel, I got stuck on a scene.  It wasn’t going in the direction I wanted, my characters were two tough guys and were sounding like whiny children, and I just couldn’t get it to work.  My son, an aspiring film … Continue reading

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