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Storytelling and the Campfire

I notice as I comb through the self-published e-books on Amazon that a good number of the offerings are autobiographies. Non-fiction. People writing about their own lives and experiences. About their own adventures, misfortunes, and triumphs. It occurs to me that perhaps the meteoric rise in self-published works has turned the Kindle into the modern campfire. Only, instead of sitting together, elbows and knees touching, with firelight twinkling upon eager faces as those gathered wait for the storyteller to begin,…

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Writing: The Importance of Word Choice in Translation

For those of you who are fans of Star Trek (or, like me, grew up with a brother who loved all things science fiction), have you ever fantasized about having communication tools like the ones Captain Kirk and his crew had?I have, and I find myself doing it all the more lately.Why? Social media.Daily, the Internet provides readers and writers with the opportunity to connect with new people involved in the book world, and to interact with speakers of many…

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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 my head and appear to be lost in my own world. In high school, I even started on a science fiction novel which I, unfortunately,…

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Remembering (How To) Love

 When I decided to write a novel, a love story was the natural choice. It seems that anything I write, including short stories and poems, ends up being about love. So why fight it?I often wonder if the act of loving is an ability, an inclination, a talent, or a Heaven-sent gift. Maybe it’s a combination. I also wonder why some people excel at love – at the process of growing and nurturing love – while others fail, miserably.Yes, I…

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CreateSpace or Lightning Source?

My first novel, Ava, will be coming out in print in a matter of days. While I'm excited to finally have this option for readers who do not use e-readers, it has taken more time than I had originally anticipated to make a paperback version of the book available.On this blog, I’ve been candid about the highs and lows of my journey from occasional writer to self-published author. Even as I write this post, a certain part of me still…

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Mea Culpa (You Probably Saw This One Coming)

I said I wouldn’t do it. I even wrote two blog posts (To KDP Select Or Not To KDP Select and a Self-Publisher's Dilemma) about why I wouldn’t do it. But here I go, anyway:Ava is free today on Kindle. Am I turning my back on everything I’ve believed up until now? Have I cut a behind-the-scenes deal with Amazon? Have I been hypnotized, or brainwashed? Have I been replaced by a bot?Nope. I simply changed my mind.Evolution by way of…

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Book Marketing: The Genuine Article

I buy books all the time, both paid and free, both paper and electronic. It generally takes me months and months to start a novel once it has found a home on my Kindle or my bookshelf. Part of the reason it takes so long is the sheer volume of writers I’ve come to know through social media. The other part is my determination to read every one of their books while keeping up with my favorite traditionally published authors,…

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2013, The Year of Action

It is New Year’s Day, the year 2013, and I’m excited. Really excited. This morning, I went back and read my first January post from last year and, looking back, I am a bit startled to recognize how much we self-published authors have collectively accomplished, and how different the landscape looks to me a year later.For starters, self-publishing, as a business strategy, is no longer looked down upon by the biggest names in the publishing world. In fact, most have…

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Money, Self-Publishing, and Marketing Plans

Anyone who has ever launched a small business knows how tricky marketing plans can be. There are endless configurations for distributing a start-up’s meager capital resources and plentiful sweat equity. The challenge is in determining which steps to take when there is no company history to influence the direction of spending. In the end, every step forward by a business requires money – whether in cost of a product or service, industry membership, or in the form of salaries paid…

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Sponsoring a Book Club

I’d like to sponsor a book club’s selection of the month. The premise seems simple enough, except that I can’t seem to figure out how to go about connecting with one.For authors, getting detailed, friendly but honest, big picture feedback on our novels is a critical step in our evolution as technical writers and creative storytellers. There are many ways to be published these days, and while the stigma of self-publishing is rapidly diminishing, the challenge of connecting with readers…

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