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Good-bye, Facebook. I’m Hitting The Road!

I’ve pinned down what it is that bothers me most about Facebook, and it’s this: the lack of context. As a novelist, I work to build a reader’s interest one layer at a time, using a combination of actions (story) and context (backstory). Indeed, context frames every event and every character that finds its way onto an author’s page. It can be slow going, building that framework, but I think of the process as being along the same lines as building friendships. Most often, a friendship naturally evolves over time as knowledge is gained about one another through shared new adventures, or through the retelling of past ones. Is it all that different, coming to know a fictional character as one might a friend? I think of a novel series as being the equivalent of a television series, a way o...

Blog Posts: How Old is Too Old?

After an unexpected project, one that took nearly nine months to bring to completion, I am back to doing what I love: writing, blogging, and building. A painfully large backlog of blog posts, book plots, and marketing ideas are raining down on my brain like meteorites from an explosion on Planet Creative. I’m racing to catch all these twinkling ideas before they disappear into orbit. It’s fun. And maybe a little frustrating. Right now, I’m still in sorting mode, trying to figure out if any of these nibbles, lines, pages, and half-chapters belong with existing writing projects, or if they will result in a surge of newly-published titles in the future. In the second half of this year, I’ll be publishing a number of new books, lots of community news and postings on IndieBookWeek.com, and even...

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 were alone sometimes. I have times in the middle of the night where I’m trying to relax and then my characters start having fights. It’s even worse when I’m editing because I hear them say, “Hey, I changed my mind. My house didn’t burn down after all.” Being the pushover that I am, I sometimes just let my characters run rampant with my story. Outside of our own insanity, a writer has their support system. Whether it be your significant other, your best friend, or your writing group you have a su...

A Writer’s Joy: Meeting a New Fan

Even as an adult I sometimes feel as if I am back in high school. Usually, this is a good feeling (I loved high school), if a little bit bizarre, considering that I’ve long since left my school days behind and moved into the working world. But, as I’ve come to understand, life is a series of overlapping cycles, of beginnings and endings, and what’s old is often new again. For example, deciding to write professionally, choosing Novelist as my new career category, was a decision that came upon me slowly. I loved my adventures in the business world and had planned a long and healthy future turning simple ideas into tangible products and services. As I suspect most of us have experienced, even the most carefully plotted plans have a tendency to be uprooted when stormy weather sets in. For me, ...

Nice To Meet You

I am behind on my Twitter communications. …wait. What am I saying? I am behind on everything. Anyway, here I am, going through page after page of Twitter, looking for new friends, one bio at a time. I tried one of the highly recommended auto-follower programs for about two days six months ago, but I did not enjoy it. For me, the purpose of Twitter is to develop a community of “sometimes like-minded and sometimes not” people whose tweets, blogs, Facebook posts, and other social media I find interesting. There is so much to learn and, to my way of thinking, diversity is the first step in creating a balanced world. Auto-follow does not help me to accomplish that goal. It’s impersonal; and I don’t like impersonal. I’ll leave that to the spammers, numbers hunters, and SEO folks. If I’m fo...

The Cool Factor

Everyone wants to be cool. You can deny it, but I won’t believe you. What I would believe is that your idea of cool and my idea of cool quite possibly differ in some, or many, ways. Why? That oh-so-aggravating little word, stereotypes. A word that sums up specifically what kind of cool we want to be: jock, nerd, preppie, goth, loner… You get the drift.  Why am I thinking about this? Am I experiencing terrible flashbacks of my high schools days?  No. I loved my experience. Rather, what occurred to me this morning as I was working my way through a growing list of social media accounts, is that these stereotypes exist for books, too. Genres are, in my opinion, stereotypes. I decided to spend a little time researching this idea and began by looking into the concept of the stereotype. Some of t...

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