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Want to get some writing done? Disconnect!
On August 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

When I’m working on a book, or any writing project, I find that one of the most difficult things about the process—second only to coming up with the idea—is getting myself to sit at my desk and stay focused.  If I let myself stop and check my email, browse Facebook, etc., it’s amazing how quickly what […]

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Are you using “I” when you should be using “ME”?
On August 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

If I had to name one grammatical error I hear more than any other, I would choose the misuse of the pronoun I instead of ME. Here’s a refresher on the difference between the two: I is a subject pronoun, which means it’s used when you are a subject in a sentence—in other words, when […]

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Make it easy for book reviewers to say yes
On August 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

Recently I received an email from an indie author asking a question about securing reviews from bloggers. Then in the same email the author sent me a link to his book’s Amazon page and told me I was more than welcome to read it. And review it. I didn’t read his book, but I’ll tell […]

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Tips for using Instagram
On July 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

I don’t use Instagram to promote my books nearly as much as I should, but here are some things I’ve learned in the limited time I’ve spent with it: If you download an app called Regrann, anytime someone tags you in a post, you can repost it. Then if a fan posts a photo of […]

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Marketing tip: Stay organized!
On July 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

We all have our own systems for managing our lives. For example, I use a paper calendar and not the calendar on my phone. I know that’s old-school, but I love my paper calendar! I also have a paper “to-do” list that I keep on my desk, and I set alarms on my phone to […]

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Be wary of tangents that go nowhere
On June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

When I was writing my first novel, I was so excited to see my own words on the page that I ended up with several scenes that didn’t have much at all to do with the main plot. After I signed with an agent she pointed out this tendency to wander and had me cut […]

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Writing tip: Break up long paragraphs
On June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

 I once received an email from a new subscriber to my newsletter. The message was quite long and didn’t contain a single paragraph break—not one. I found myself confused as I read because all the various points he was making began to blur together into an enormous block of text. (He also didn’t capitalize any […]

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Guest post: Book marketing advice from an avid reader
On May 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

I was recently contacted by a big fan of my Waverly Bryson series who is also a freelance writer. She asked if she could do a guest post for my blog, so I suggested she offer some insight into how she chooses which books to read. So here you have it, folks: marketing advice straight […]

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What inspires you to write?
On April 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

When people find out I’m an author, one of the questions they often ask me is, What inspires you to write? It’s an interesting question, and I think every author would answer it differently. I find myself most inspired to write when I’m already writing. That’s because for me, getting myself in a position to […]

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Triple-check marketing emails
On March 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

I’m on the distribution lists of many indie authors who occasionally send out promotional emails about their books. Marketing is a lot of work, so I respect the efforts of these individuals to boost their sales. Unfortunately, however, many of the emails I receive are peppered with errors, and that doesn’t instill much faith that […]

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