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[What's Next?] Opening Up

Posted by Caitlyn Levin on April 22, 2015 at 4:35pm 3 Comments

Well everyone, I did it. I sat down and pushed through my final edits. I got to a place where I feel comfortable saying it: I’m done! Now that said, I’m the type of person who thinks writing is never done—there’s always something you’ll want to change, always something that could be better. But I’m as done as I’m going to be without an editor, and so as far as I’m concerned, that’s done.

I’m someone who doesn’t like to share my work until I think it’s finished. In fact, I don’t even like to talk about it. Maybe I’m superstitious. Maybe I like to keep expectations low. At any rate, I don’t like to tell anyone I’m writing something until I think it’s finished, and then I’m ready to share. There are some people who have been waiting to read my first novel, and waiting patiently (hi dad!). It’s…

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[REALITY CHECK] - 10 Lessons I Learned My First Year as a Hybrid Author by L. G. O’Connor

Posted by Zetta Brown on April 21, 2015 at 7:30am 3 Comments

This week, my friend, fellow author, and She Writer, L. G. O'Connor is summarizing her first year's experience of being a published author. The following blog post is what inspired me to start this blog a few years ago.

I published my debut novel in 2008 and L. G. published her's just over a year ago, and as you will see, a lot has changed in the industry between my debut and hers. Whether you are an established author or just starting out, you want to read and learn from L. G. because what worked even a year ago may not be your best option today.

This post is a bit longer than normal because this isn't just food for thought. This is a primer for those of you who are about to take the plunge for the first…

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[Breakfast with the Muse] 3 Questions Never to Ask When You Start a Book

Posted by Jill Jepson on April 19, 2015 at 6:43pm 0 Comments

When a writer starts a book—or any long, complicated project—she's full of questions. Some of our questions are important ones—even essential. If we're writing fiction, we need to know the characters, their back stories, their motivations. For memoir, we may need to do a ton of research. We always have to get a feel for the voice in which we will be writing. There are many, many questions to be asked and answered as we launch our work. 

There are also certain questions that we simply should NOT be asking. These questions should not be part of the conversation, for two reasons: a) There is no answer to them, and b) They show that you are focusing on the wrong things.

Here are three.

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Marketing Tip: Are You Making the Most of Your Email Signature?

Posted by Maria Murnane on April 20, 2015 at 7:54am 5 Comments

For quite some time now, I've been recommending that authors use their email signatures as an indirect way to promote their work. Apparently a lot of you are taking my advice, because almost all the emails I get these days from authors mention their book(s) in their email signatures.

Nice!

Unfortunately, however, many of the emails I get from authors also go overboard on the self-promotion in the signature - which defeats the purpose. You want your email signature to get me to want to check out your writing, not to feel overwhelmed by all the hyperlinks - and underwhelmed by the content/professionalism.

Here are some quick dos and don'ts for email signatures:

  • DO include a brief, compelling line about your work…
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Walked "Hills of Negril" this Weekend ... Fun and Exhausting!

Walked "Hills of Negril" this Weekend ... Fun and Exhausting! 

I hope you've had a great weekend.  Good on this end. Walked what I've deemed "the hills of Negril" this weekend. It was hot, though started early. Gotta be 10-11 miles or more. Getting old; felt EVERY step this time. But it was a good, solid workout. Thank God for the strength.

New Release Coming 

Working on a neeeeew romance ... out soon.…

Speak Up!

Speak up when you have something to say. There’s nothing wrong with speaking your mind it just depends on how you say it.

Being respectful and getting to the heart of the issue without adding a lot of hurtful personal or snide comments is key. Listening to the response without getting defensive is up there…

On Writing: What It Feels Like to Have a "Top 100 Category Seller" on Amazon

Ruthless Love: An Interracial Romance, Hit Amazon's Top 100 List in Multicultural Romance today (http://dld.bz/dB4Aq). Thank you readers .... another Top 100 category seller (multicultural romance) on Amazon.

Note: AMZ stats are updated hourly; this is as of 4/26/2015…

"Reminiscing"

Sometimes things happen in life that just simply make us sad. No words can explain the heavy weariness that crept into my heart when I heard about the sudden death of a friend a few days ago. Why did a 37 year-old man’s life have to end so tragically? Could it have been stopped, delayed or better yet, just imagined?

 

I do believe that when it is time for each and every one of us to meet our maker then we will do so at that exact moment. When Jeremy was given life the creator…

Thought for the Day

Posted Thought for the Day, a quote from a Donna Vorreyer poem, 'Lament':

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2015/04/thought-for-day_26.html

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