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When Does Disagreement Become Bullying?

Two men arguing on a couch with text: Can We Disagree without Being a Bully?

Several situations related to the line between disagreeing and bullying have been swirling through Publishing Land recently, so I want to address the subject while it’s relevant. That said, I’m sharing my opinion in this post, and you might have a different opinion. That’s okay.

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August 29, 2017

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Do You Meet the Prerequisites to Be a Writer?

Second story door missing stairs down with text: Writing Prerequisites: Are We Missing a Step?

Are there prerequisites to call ourselves a writer? No. If you write, you’re a writer. Period. But when we pay attention to other writers, every writer—no matter how successful—could find something to feel inadequate about if we let our self-doubt get a hold of us.

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July 13, 2017

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Self-Publishing Resources: For Fun and Profit

Big Ferris wheel lit up at night with text: Cheap, Free, and Fun Resources

In the writing and self-publishing world, writers encounter a lot of services that cost money. Some of them are solid resources that are worth it if they work for our processes. Others…? Not so much. That’s why it’s always nice to discover free resources or discounted services.

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May 23, 2017

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Author Struggles: Gaining Reviews

Scattered yellow stars with text: Reviews: Gathering Stars for Amazon

There’s no end to the struggles we face as a writer, including gathering reviews for our books. With Amazon’s algorithms, the quality, quantity, and recency of reviews can affect whether potential readers ever see our work, so it’s important to encourage reviews of our story.

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March 30, 2017

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7 Steps to Making Envy Work for You — Guest: Red L. Jameson

Cat with narrowed eyes watching cat on perch with text: 7 Steps for Making Envy Helpful

At some point in our writing journey, we’re likely to get discouraged, but we don’t have to stay that way. Yet overcoming discouragement can be a lot of work, so Red L. Jameson is here with us today to share how to turn envy into something that will give us strength and help us on our journey.

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November 8, 2016

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Should Published Stories Be Set in Stone?

Letters carved into stone with text: Should Books Be Set in Stone?

In traditional publishing, authors (and their readers) are often stuck with errors, but with ebooks, POD, and self-publishing, files are easy to fix and upload. Should authors make changes, or should books be set in stone?

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October 20, 2016

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When Fiction Is Better Behaved than Reality

Stick figures holding hands with text: Consent Matters: In Fiction & in Life

Recently, the U.S. election insanity dragged in the romance genre. Uh, wait, what? Some memes have claimed women shouldn’t be mad about the words used in Trump’s bragging because…Fifty Shades of Grey. Let’s explore this idea—without politics. *smile*

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October 11, 2016

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The Business of Writing: Pen Names — Guest: Kathryn Goldman

Business man wearing sunglasses with text: Are Pen Names Smart for Business?

One of the things we struggle with as artists is handling the business side of writing. Today, Kathryn Goldman, an intellectual property attorney, is sharing insights on the business considerations for using pen names, whether for branding, copyright, or even content protection purposes.

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September 29, 2016

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