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Getting to Know Authors on Twitter

Getting to Know Authors on Twitter

Seeking answers to the question “Why tweet?” Up until the time I opened my own Twitter account, @dcPriya, I couldn’t understand why in the world anyone needed this global email in IM form. What could it possibly do that wasn’t already covered by existing technology? Mea culpa: I get it now. Each day, I find […]

The Best Dog: R.I.P., Lizzie (1997 – 2011)

The Best Dog: R.I.P., Lizzie (1997 – 2011)

We will miss you for a long, long time.

One World

One World

Modern settlers are not trudging through endless fields, or scaling virgin peaks, or building houses from materials hewn entirely by their own hands. There is no wagon train filled with pioneer men and women, babes in arms, being jostled about for weeks or months on end, in a desperate quest for new horizons. No longer […]

Doers And Wimps

Doers And Wimps

As part of my (painfully) slow going exploration of Facebook, I recently posted a poll on my author page. I figured I would get a feel for how the poll feature works, collect some usable information, compare that information to my publishing plan, and tweet about the whole thing. According to the weekly statistics email […]

Starting a Blog: Oh, Daddy!

Starting a Blog: Oh, Daddy!

Twelve weeks ago, I self-published my first short story collection, Love + Family.  I was downright giddy seeing my words, my characters, my happy endings right there on the screen of my very own Kindle. It was tough to tuck that euphoria aside and to settle myself back into business mode, but I had to […]

The Twitterverse

The Twitterverse

When I joined Twitter nine days ago, my motivations did not include an unyielding desire to rule the Twitterverse with poignant one-liners while inundating my followers with links to the most influential blogs, articles, and ideas in the self-publishing stratosphere. >I’ve since changed. Three days ago I experienced my first conversation on Twitter.  (With eHarmony.  Go […]

Publishing a Novel: The iTunes Effect

Publishing a Novel: The iTunes Effect

About a decade ago, before she was married to my brother, my sister-in-law called to ask my advice about a gift. My sister-in-law: “I’ve finally thought of the perfect gift to get your brother for Christmas—an iPod!” Me: “That’s a great idea! But won’t it be expensive to dock it at a marina?” Oh, how […]

Writing a Novel: Deep Midnight

Writing a Novel: Deep Midnight

It’s 3 AM. The dream wakes you, scaring you with its intensity, shaking you with its fever. By day it trails you, clings to you, seeps into your skin. At first, you tell no one. Then, little by little, the dream finds words, finds its way out of your mind and into your reality. You […]

Writing a Novel: 165,000 Word Count

Writing a Novel: 165,000 Word Count

The total word count for my first draft of AVA was 165,000 words. No kidding. I sweated over that draft, lost sleep over it, obsessed over it for months on end. It was my first-born work of fiction and I was so proud. I fed my manuscript constantly, convinced that the best way to nourish a […]

Publishing Novels: There Is Money To Be Made. So Make It.

Publishing Novels: There Is Money To Be Made. So Make It.

Q: How would I define the PIY (Publish-It-Yourself) author? A: Four parts fearless, three parts writer, two parts entrepreneur, and one part dreamer — with a sprinkle of pioneer spirit thrown in for good measure. While self-publishing a novel does begin with the work of a writer, it is actually a business.  A small business.  A start-up business.  […]

Marketing a Novel: Single And Looking

Marketing a Novel: Single And Looking

Dating. Ah yes, that powerful, ageless word. These days, friends, relatives, neighbors, even co-workers might send a link to a Facebook page, or a blog, or networking group, or dating site, with the wonderful goal of helping the unattached among us connect with others who are also single and looking. Imagine for a moment that eHarmony or JDate or Match offered singles the opportunity to post reviews […]

Writing a Novel: Risk And The Unpublished Writer

Writing a Novel: Risk And The Unpublished Writer

“Do you believe?” I’ve been asked that question over and over, in various forms, for two long years. Do I believe in what I’m doing? Do I believe the sacrifices are worth it? Do I believe people will want to read my books and short stories? The list goes on. All the while, I’ve been writing and re-writing stories and […]