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Beginner’s Guide to Building an Online Platform

Beginner’s Guide to Building an Online Platform

A guest post by Marla Sherman.Most of my experience in the world of publishing has been helping friends and colleagues to get their work published, so I never had the need to create a social media presence for what I do. But when I decided to go pro, I realized that my business was going […]

Direct Submissions: Traditional Publishing, No Agent Required

Direct Submissions: Traditional Publishing, No Agent Required

A guest post by Jennifer Bort Yacovissi.It’s hard to overstate the changes to the publishing landscape over the last decade. The doors to the gates that regulated who got published have effectively been blown off their hinges, and authors are now awash in possible avenues to get their work out into world. For those trying […]

Writing a Novel During My Morning Run

Writing a Novel During My Morning Run

A guest post by Kathryn Pincus.Writing a Novel During My Morning Run WRITTEN BY KATHRYN PINCUS. POSTED IN SELF GROWTH. (Published originally in Living Well Magazine, April 2015 issue)Almost every morning, as the sun is beginning its ascent into the sky, I lace up my running shoes, stretch, and bound out the door. A feeling […]

Writers, Start Building Your Brand Early!

Writers, Start Building Your Brand Early!

One of the great challenges for an indie author is dividing time between actual writing and marketing. And I would argue that the same goes for writers who are as yet unpublished. Sometimes, I like to think about giants like Joyce, Fitzgerald and Nabokov. How did those guys do it? Most likely, not at all—or […]

What My Children Taught Me About Persistence

What My Children Taught Me About Persistence

A guest post by Steven Remington.My two year old daughter stands at my feet while I am speaking on the phone and repeatedly says, “Dad… dad, dad, daddy, dad,” until I am frustrated enough I finally burst out, “What??”All parents have been in this situation. It could be a person you’re talking to at home, […]

5 tips to get past writer’s block

5 tips to get past writer’s block

A guest post by Jaelithe Russ.I recently read a post by a fellow writer who talked about how she doesn’t have the luxury for writer’s block. Like me, she is a busy mother who also works, so when there’s time to write we MUST take advantage of that time or lose it. With so little […]

I’ve Been Set Up!

I’ve Been Set Up!

A guest post by author Thomas Waite:The setting of a novel is critical, particularly for a mystery or thriller. After all, in addition to providing details that enrich the story, the setting can actually assist, or impede, an investigation. Choosing a familiar setting is usually a good idea for a mystery or a thriller because […]

The Help of Others

The Help of Others

A guest post by writer Jessica Loftus:I’ve always thought that the idea of writing being a completely solitary lifestyle was a myth. The act of writing is solitary, not the life of a writer. Especially a fiction writer. For those of us that have the characters in our heads all the time, we wish we […]

The Dumbest Thing I Ever Heard…Is True

The Dumbest Thing I Ever Heard…Is True

In early 2010 I attended an event called “Eat, Love, Write.” It was a fundraiser featuring bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert and her sister Catherine Gilbert Murdock as the keynote speakers. Catherine is a successful author in her own right—specializing in young adult novels. During the question and answer session, someone asked, “How do I get […]

The Power of Good Enough

The Power of Good Enough

 I’ve read amazing authors, from Ken Kesey and John Steinbeck to James Lee Burke and Harper Lee, whose perfect, seamless prose carried me away to those wonderful, far places where books transport us. I never imagined I could be one of them. They never inspired me to write.My inspiration came from a very forgettable culinary […]

I am my characters

I am my characters

People often comment on how “real” my characters are and they ask me how I create such believable heroines. I suppose it is because most of my work is grounded in reality. My characters are not me but some of their struggles, particularly with men, come from my own struggles—even if I don’t realize it […]

Thwarting my Laptop

Thwarting my Laptop

My tiny hand-me-down laptop gave me the good ole Blue Screen of Death a few weeks ago. I loved working on the thing because, honestly, the screen was so small, it was unpleasant doing just about everything but typing on it. Web surfing was clumsy, and every window I opened was scrunched up and cramped […]

Dialogue from the past can be a real pain in the…paragraph.

Dialogue from the past can be a real pain in the…paragraph.

If you want to make Medieval, Renaissance or even characters from the age of Mozart believable, you have to be like a tightrope walker. Characters who say “thee” and “thou” can’t say also say “you” in the next sentence. Here is part of a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer, born in 1340,  who wrote in Middle […]

The Writing Process

The Writing Process

I had dabbled in writing since maintaining a food blog for over six years. Tackling a novel is a whole new ballgame. Wait, let me backtrack a little. I’ve always been a dreamer. I remembered my early childhood when my father always scolded me for being absent-minded. Even then I would think up scenarios in […]

Just who are these Redheads, Anyway?

Just who are these Redheads, Anyway?

With Cailín, the first book of my debut series Anam Céile Chronicles, releasing in little over a week, I thought I would dedicate this next month’s blog posts to subject matter I created the series around.  Aislinn, the heroine of this series, is a stubborn Irish lass, and naturally, she has red hair— something which […]

Reflections

Reflections

 Reflections The last few days have been, to say the least, quite eventful and exciting. As I sit here in my office, (built by the world’s most wonderful husband), I am thinking about how much my life has changed in the past eighteen months, five years, ten years, and I am just in awe of it […]

A Special Goodbye: Charles Moss

A Special Goodbye: Charles Moss

A Special Goodbye: Charles MossI’ll never forget the Sunday afternoon three-wheeler rides with our little gang of misfits. I was the youngest, I think, in my teens. Every Sunday we would meet up at my grandfather’s store, each other’s houses, or at some point in between. We all rode Honda three-wheelers. Our destination might be […]

Seth MacFarlane, the Epitome of Jerk! An Opinion

Seth MacFarlane, the Epitome of Jerk! An Opinion

Seth McFarlane, the Epitome of Jerk! An Opinion Every once-in-awhile, something so irritates me that I just cannot keep my mouth shut, but I have never taken on a Hollywood celebrity. After Oscars-night maybe he won’t be such a celebrity. We can hope. I’ve already heard that he has said he won’t host again–Thank God! […]

The spirit of place

The spirit of place

The spirit of place   Sunday, a blustery day, finds me in the city, destination: the Rubin Museum of Art. Since discovering this sanctuary a few years ago, I’ve been here more times than I’d been to its former incarnation, Barney’s New York, legendary for its own transformation from name-brand men’s wear at discounted prices […]

Twitter: Week 1

Twitter: Week 1

Twitter: Week 1 What a week! Now a milestone. Completing my first week on Twitter. To all of you veteran users (forgive me) I mean tweeps, tweeple, twersons, how do you do it? You must never eat, sleep or do any of the things that ordinary people do. I forgot: You are not ordinary people. […]