NaNoWriMo and Setting Realistic Goals

It's mid-November and for those authors who signed up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month where authors make a commitment to write a 50,000 word novel in only 30 days), we're knee deep in novel-writing frenzy. Or, at least we're supposed to be. For authors who are on track toward achieving their goal, NaNoWriMo provides …

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Write the Book First

Which comes first? The book or the bling? I've been stumbling across more and more writers who construct book trailers, book-based websites, book covers, and Facebook pages LONG before the first draft of their book is complete. While it is advisable to establish an author platform before you publish, how much is too much? Does …

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Juggling for Writers

Balance. It's a topic I've blogged about before. More than once, actually. It's a topic worth blogging about again. Why? Because some comments I received on my last blog post reminded me that balance is a topic that is vitally important. If you didn't read my last post, I talked about the importance of having …

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Do You Need a Website?

As a newbie writer, I resisted the pull of social media for as long as I possibly could. I avoided Facebook, had no clue what Twitter was used for, and shunned the internet altogether. For me, the internet was a necessary evil, a large-scale phone book I referred to when I needed to look up …

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What Can Your Publisher Do For You?

Hello, it's me again. Harping on small publishers. Yes, I know I've covered much of this territory before, but after talking to a new round of unhappy authors, I thought I'd better talk about publishing again. Over the past couple of days, I've been working on formatting The Seance. I've formatted a book before, but …

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