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How to Make Beta Reading Work for Us

February 9, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Ever struggle to make readers’ interpretations of your writing match your intentions? We probably all have. As writers, we’re so close to our stories it’s impossible for us to know how readers will interpret our words. A good beta reader will give feedback about what we can’t see. And that’s just one reason why we all need beta readers.

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Self Publishing? What’s Your Pricing Plan? — Let’s Talk Freebies!

February 4, 2016 Writing Stuff
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As writers and as readers, we’ve probably noticed the many ebooks offered for free and wondered why anyone would do all that work for nothing in return. My monthly guest post at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University explores the benefits and risks of freebies.

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Nourishing Our Creativity to Help Our Writing

February 2, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Writing is an art form, and yet I don’t usually think of myself as an artist. But all types of artistic endeavors have the concept of a muse or a gut feel for when something is working—or not—so we might be able to use that general “artistic muse” concept to help us with our writing, especially when we suffer from writer’s block.

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If We’re Serious about Writing, We’ll…

January 28, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Some sales pitches play on our fears, and others play on our self-doubt. These sales messages are usually worded like, “If We’re Serious about Writing, We’ll…” Unfortunately, messages like this aren’t limited to sales pitches.

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The “Secret” to Success Can’t Be Bought

January 26, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Unfortunately, some writers believe that paying for a workshop, class, or conference is necessary to succeed, and some sales pitches play to our fears by implying they can teach us the “secret” to success. But while these resources can help us as writers, they’re not required to succeed.

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Giveaway! James Patterson’s Writing Masterclass

January 21, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Have you seen the ads for James Patterson’s Writing Masterclass? Here’s your chance to win a seat in his online class!

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Author Newsletters: 6 Tips for Smart Strategies

January 14, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Approximately seventy bajillion new books are released every day (give or take a few bajillion). Our newly released books might have a hard time being noticed, so when we find readers who like our work, we want to make sure they’re still in our audience for our next book. Enter the email newsletter.

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Self Publishing? What’s Your Pricing Plan? — Part Two

January 7, 2016 Writing Stuff
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If we’re looking into self-publishing, we’ve probably seen conflicting advice about how much to charge for our work. My monthly guest post over at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University digs deeper into the pros and cons of pricing low.

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Happy New Year! Let’s Talk (Story) Beginnings

December 31, 2015 Writing Stuff
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We’re almost to the new year, so let’s take those thoughts of new beginnings over to our stories. Most writers have probably struggled with a story’s opening, but if we start from the big picture and move to the specific, we might have an easier time finding the right beginning for our story.

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Do You Struggle with the Learning Curve?

December 29, 2015 Writing Stuff
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Writing requires a humongous learning curve. Back when I first started writing, I was frustrated with that learning curve. I wanted to be done and over with it so I could just get on with the process of writing. But after 7 years and 8 completed stories, I’ve gained insights into how the learning curve works.

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