Category Archives: General Musings

You Could, But Have You?

That’s the much more polite version of what I found myself wanting to say more than once this weekend.  I was visiting a good friend and her spouse and the spouse–who was once incredibly successful but basically hasn’t done much … Continue reading

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Writing Rules Are For Shit

So on an agent blog this morning someone had written in to talk about how “bad” J.K. Rowling’s writing is.  I’ll note that they failed to mark the two times in her Harry Potter books she used a really strange … Continue reading

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Writing Is the Easy Part

I’m weird. I know this.  Things that others like, I hate.  And I’m almost pathological in my negative reaction to being marketed to. I do not like to be sold and I’m very, very sensitive to any signs that it’s … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Numbers

So, as usual when I know I should be writing but for some reason am stuck, I spent some time today playing with my Access database where I track sales across eight different platforms, eight different pen names, and, as … Continue reading

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It Isn’t All Just Writing

Today’s wordcount is at negative 300 so far because I had to tear apart two chapters that were revealing information too soon and then write new words to replace what I tore out.  So I figured I’d take a break … Continue reading

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Books Aren’t Cars

Huh?  What the hell do I mean by that? I mean that a person buys a car and they drive it off the lot and it starts to lose value and continues to lose value.  And that, with rare exceptions, … Continue reading

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When Editing Really Matters

So recently there was a self-published book that someone reviewed and said was fabulous.  And just the type of book I like to read, too.  Now, ironically, even though I’m self-published I tend to stick with trade published books for … Continue reading

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Five Years…

Just realized it’s been five years since I started this whole writing journey.  And…? I don’t know. I’m proud of what I’ve written but underwhelmed by how I’ve done overall.  And yet, 2,500+ paid sales is not nothing.  And having … Continue reading

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This Is Not The Path To Success

There’s an interesting thread over at Kboards right now where people who are making over $25K or over $100K per year are answering some questions.  By my count there are twenty-six people already in the $50K+ range with a few … Continue reading

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Vetting A Publisher

So, yet another smaller press is in the news the last week or so because of non-payment to authors, poor performance, etc.  Who the publisher is doesn’t really matter.  Because next year it’ll be another publisher in the same situation.  … Continue reading

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