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5 Reasons You Should Still Pursue a Traditional Book Contract

5 Reasons You Should Still Pursue a Traditional Book Contract

I can’t tell you how often I am asked if I am self-published, and even though it’s a fair question I admit I am a bit sensitive to the assumption that I couldn’t have gotten my book published the old-fashioned way. This is because I worked pretty hard to be traditionally published and while I […]

May 23, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
How To Get The Most Out Of Social Media

How To Get The Most Out Of Social Media

As a social media manager with clients in the book world, and a writer with a blog and online presence since 2011, I’ve found ways to get the most out of social media. I run social media courses for writers too and my neetsmarketing blog posts are inspired by questions from clients and course attendees. […]

May 18, 2016 | By | 7 Replies More
How To Make A Book Trailer

How To Make A Book Trailer

Have you ever thought of making a book trailer, but you don’t have a clue as to how? It’s not as difficult as you think, and most importantly; it’s a great opportunity to get some free marketing. So where do you start? I began by viewing book trailers on YouTube and jotted down notes on […]

May 15, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More
Editing, a Look at Process

Editing, a Look at Process

One of the few truisms about the craft is that everyone’s writing process is different. Regular writing schedules, writing even when (especially when?) uninspired, and training to work in less-than-optimal working conditions are fairly standard pieces of advice from career authors. I can vouch for this, as I’m currently working with two preschoolers crawling on […]

May 8, 2016 | By | 7 Replies More
How Writing Helps Me With The Empty Nest

How Writing Helps Me With The Empty Nest

It has been my experience that my best novels are rooted in the most painful real life experiences. Bummer, right?  Well, not exactly. Since I was young the way I would deal with emotions, particularly sadness, was to write about it. I was a committed daily diary writer, and even once I was an adult, […]

May 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Talking Yourself Down and Talking Yourself Up  (aka: Fighting the Two-Headed Dragon of Insecurity)

Talking Yourself Down and Talking Yourself Up (aka: Fighting the Two-Headed Dragon of Insecurity)

Insecurity, covered with writhing, glinting scales, is a dragon – a truly frightening creature. But here’s the worst part: the dragon has two heads. The battle against the beast begins the moment you put your fingers to the keyboard with serious intent. Your intent is to be a writer. A writer in the wool-stocking, coffee-gesturing, […]

April 26, 2016 | By | 12 Replies More
Choosing Your Words Carefully

Choosing Your Words Carefully

Have you ever thought of words which excite a ready response in readers? Choice is important, and in cases of dramatic suspense, vital. Perfumes can awaken some nostalgic sense in the mind of the person who is reading the book. It may be the scent of honeysuckle, or the warm sweetish perfume of a byre, […]

April 17, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
A Writer’s Work Is Never Done

A Writer’s Work Is Never Done

The other day my daughter walked into our family room and asked me for a ride somewhere. I didn’t turn my head; instead I waved her away, “Shh—I’m working!”“Umm, you’re watching TV,” she said. “Yes, I’m watching TV. It’s the last episode of Downton Abbey and yes, I’ve seen it three times. It’s called feeding […]

April 14, 2016 | By | 5 Replies More
Is There Any Hope For Qualifiers?

Is There Any Hope For Qualifiers?

Very, quite, really, pretty, a bit, just, fairly, rather, amazingly, almost, nearly, obviously, clearly… such naughty words! Or are they? Placed directly in front of adjectives or adverbs they are a shorthand method of qualifying the meaning of that adverb or adjective. Sometimes they flounce around by themselves only accompanied now and again by a […]

April 12, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Writing for a Cause

Writing for a Cause

I write because I love to create stories; to formulate something from nothing that hopes to engage and inspire readers from all over the world.  There is something magical in our imagination that allows us to send our audiences on a journey whether it is a true story or fantasy.  That is what inspires me […]

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