Writing tips
The best piece of writing advice I ever received
On March 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

It took me nearly five years to get my first novel, Perfect on Paper, published, so when it finally happened I was over the moon. I’d worked my tail off to make it happen, and after all that effort, at long last I could exhale, sit back, and enjoy myself as the sales rolled in. Or […]

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Want to write a book? Get out of your own way
On February 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sometimes when people I encounter find out I’m an author, they share with me their own ambitions of writing a book. While some of these individuals go on to reach their goals, in my experience that’s usually not the case. I’ve lost track of how many times an aspiring author has told me that he […]

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Writing tip: Save deleted scenes and language
On January 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

It goes without saying that when it comes time to revise the first draft of your manuscript, much of it is going to end up on the cutting room floor. Whether it’s due to shifting plotlines, characters that no longer work, or scenes that are too long, removal is part of the process. (And of […]

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Feeling discouraged about your book sales? Read this!
On December 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

I receive a lot of emails from authors who read my blog, and by far their biggest reason for getting in touch is to express how discouraged they feel about their book sales. To let all you know that you’re not alone, I thought I’d share a personal story. A couple weeks ago I received […]

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Writing tip: A little detail can make a big impression
On November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

In the past I’ve argued that giving your characters quirks helps make them seem like real people. The same can be said for peppering your manuscript with the occasional detail. Adding descriptive nuggets such as colors, sounds or smells enriches the picture forming in your readers’ minds, which draws them into the story. And that’s […]

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Why reading makes you a better writer
On November 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

When I first signed with a literary agent several years ago, she told me to read as much as I could because it would improve my own writing. I never forgot that advice, and while I have always loved to read, after that I began to read with a different eye. I enjoy a variety […]

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Common word mix-ups
On November 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Today I’d like to give a little refresher course on two sets of similar words that can be a little tricky. Here we go: Imply vs. Infer To imply means to suggest or indicate something without actually saying so: After David tasted the wine, the look on his face implied that he didn’t like it. The […]

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Use your book description to show, not tell
On October 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Your book’s description is a great way to grab a potential reader’s attention, so you want to make the most of that opportunity by using language that shows readers what they’re in for instead of language that tells them. In other words, if you think your book is funny, don’t say that in your description. Instead, write […]

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Another overuse issue
On September 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

In one of my previous writing tips, I discussed how distracting overusing certain gestures can be for your readers. The same can be said for overusing uncommon adjectives. I recently finished a book in which the main character was described as “astonished” so frequently that I finally stopped reading and (once again) did a search on […]

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Why grammatical errors in your bio can hurt your sales
On August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

I’m always looking for ideas for this blog (as well as a good book to read), so I spend a chunk of my day keeping tabs on the publishing industry. Often when I stumble across an article about a new author, especially a new indie author, I head to Amazon to check out the book […]

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