Monthly Archives: September 2013

Some Useful Bibs and Bobs

(Bibs and bobs?  What can I say.  Every once in a while I pretend I’m from somewhere else…Poorly.) So, I have a few random links to share that I thought might be useful to folks. First, do you write inspirational … Continue reading

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Best Practice vs. Reality (Some Self-Pubbing Thoughts)

In my day job we throw around the phrase “best practice” a lot. Basically, we tell clients that something may not be required by law or regulation, but that it’s a best practice to do it. A lot of times … Continue reading

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“I Never Want To Read That Story Again”

That’s what my mom just told me about the story I had her read. You’d think that when someone says that about something you wrote that it would be a bad thing. Don’t you want readers to love a story … Continue reading

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Ignorance Is Sometimes Bliss

(This will eventually tie into writing.  I promise.) I made my first skydive in November of 2009.  Many people think about skydiving for years.  They research it, think about it, and put it on their bucket list.  Me? Yeah, not … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Book Ratings

Wow!  This is post number 400.  I could’ve written four novels by now. (Of course, blog writing and novel writing are not the same thing at all, so that’s not really true.  But still.  That’s a lot of me blathering … Continue reading

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Is Pitching In Person A Good Thing?

So I had the opportunity to pitch an agent in person and they requested pages.  (Yay!) But I started thinking whether this was really a good thing. Seems obvious, right?  They requested pages, therefore, it’s a good thing. But…

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What Are The Risks?

I sat in on a presentation by a fairly successful self-publisher this weekend and he was encouraging everyone to take their trunked short stories or novels and throw them up on Amazon. As he put it, “What are the risks?”

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Being Original Is Overrated

This came up in the OSC workshop a bit and I’ve been thinking about it with respect to my first novel and using clichés and…all sorts of things. Buckle your seat belts.  I’m about to ramble a bit.

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What IS The Next Step?

(Note to self: Do not talk to your mother when you’re frustrated about writing stuff.  Because being asked, “So why aren’t you published yet?” does not help.) I feel like I’m stuck.  Like I’m just a little bit away from … Continue reading

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Priming Your Reader

I was just looking at the pile of writing samples I reviewed for this upcoming conference and on one I’d written a note that I would have stopped reading the story due to the violence on the first page. There … Continue reading

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