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A Writer’s Dilemma: Between the Books—Is There a “Best Time” to Start a New Project?

Writer Seeking Advice: As a writer, is there a best time to start a new book?

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10 for Tuesday: 10 Reasons to Buy that Book Already

For those who need encouragement or those who just need rationalization to add to your growing to read book (TBR) pile. Here are 10 reasons you should buy that book!

Make-A-Book Day: If an 11-year-old Can Do It, So Can You #DIYBOOK

Today is a little known holiday called Make-A-Book Day. And guess what? It's really easy to make a book. Here's how...

Friday Fun: Bookstagramming – A Story of Art and Mockery

Prior to taking the plunge into the world of being a published author, I was unfamiliar with many things - the publishing industry in general, book marketing, social media, etc. Now things are different. I've started to understand the social in the social media. It's also opened up my creative side, beyond writing, in that I've become a wee bit obsessed with bookstagrams.

The Death of Traditional Publishing & Going Indie – Maybe It’s Not a Bad Thing

Indie. It is a shortened version of the word independent, in that it's free from the giant corporate conglomerates that dominate the world. It's a medium that's free to experiment and unconstrained by interference from those who care only about money, not art. Indie music. Indie film. You can find an indie version almost anything artistic, including books.

Judging a Book By Its Cover – It’s OK, Really, Go Ahead

You shouldn't judge a book by its cover. We've all heard that before. And I, who has a whole #booksoverlooks blog series about the importance of valuing thought and reading over superficial materials, agree - when it comes to people. But, when it comes to books, I say, yes you should! The cover is part of the whole book experience and a lot of thought likely went into the artwork. So - go ahead - judge it!

Alphabet Soup – Helpful Terminology for New Authors: Can You Guess What These Things Mean?

I grew up in a government family, so acronyms became words whose meanings I rarely understood. Some of them I even thought were just words being used wrong. My family would say something that sounded like "scissor" in a sentence where the word "scissor" had no place! I realize now it's some sort of acronym, I still don't know what it means though.

How to Be an Author (Spoiler – It’s About More Than Writing)

First, you write a book. Then, you try to get an agent or you try to get a publisher. Or you try to get both. Let's say you're successful. That feels amazing. But, unless you're one of the lucky few who lands a big-time publisher who thinks you are worthy of a mass marketing campaign, being a published author doesn't mean you just get to write for the rest of your life and watch the checks roll in. Here are a few lessons on being an author (both from my experiences and the experiences of others.)

10 Tips to Overcome Writing Inertia: Fingers in Motion Stay in Motion, Fingers at Rest…

On a recent trip to New York with my daughter for a dance trip, she took a Bollywood class with a very sagely instructor. (See story of that trip here.) I've been thinking about something that teacher said recently. The class was high energy and she told the girls to push through their fatigue. She explained to them that energy creates energy and if you stop when you're tired, it will be harder to stop again. She was basically explaining to them Newton's first law of motion, which describes inertia. But, this law doesn't just apply to physical objects. It's mental as well. And it often applies to writing.

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