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When Does It Make Sense to Make Big Revisions?

July 30, 2015 Writing Stuff
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Revisions are never easy. Unlike just plain edits, which might have us questioning a word, revisions might have us questioning everything. Sometimes the feedback we receive might cause us to wonder if the suggestions are a good idea for our story. How can we tell? Which battles should we pick when debating our publisher’s editor?

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Are You Dreaming or Doing?

July 21, 2015 Writing Stuff
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Every time we start a new journey, we’re likely full of dreams based on the potential of that new phase. There’s nothing wrong with those dreams, but they are just the first step. A harsh truth is that most people won’t reach their dreams because there’s such a gap between wanting something and making it happen.

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Audiobooks: Getting Started with ACX — Guest: Amy Patrick

July 9, 2015 Writing Stuff
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One way slow writers can succeed is to create more income streams for each book, such as releasing an audio version. But we might not have experience with audio publishing. Luckily, today’s post is by a narrator for Amazon’s ACX service who will tell us how to get started with ACX, especially how to audition and work with a narrator.

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Planning a Book Launch Party (Online or Off!) — Guest: Tamar Hela

July 2, 2015 Random Musings
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When we first start writing, we might want to celebrate becoming an Author. One way we can appreciate our accomplishments is to hold a book launch party. Today’s guest poster is an expert at knowing our options, and she’s sharing her tips, advice, and to-do lists for all types of launch parties.

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Revising without Tears — Guest: Rachel Funk Heller

June 30, 2015 Writing Stuff
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If you’re anything like me, you might have a love/hate relationship with revisions. I love seeing my story strengthen and improve, but I hate the struggle. Today my guest poster is sharing a worksheet to help us find the important aspects of each scene so we can revise without tears.

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Print-on-Demand: Introduction to IngramSpark — Guest: Kerry Gans

June 25, 2015 Writing Stuff
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Many self-published authors stick with CreateSpace to create a print versions because Amazon makes things easy and user-friendly. However, a few authors, including today’s guest, are using IngramSpark, which is part of Lightning Source. Let’s compare…

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Save Money by Designing Your Own Promo

June 18, 2015 Writing Stuff
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While I paid for a cover designer for my books, I created the bookmarks myself to save money. Several people asked me how I made them complement the cover so well, and since saving money is always a good thing, I figured I should post about the topic.

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Romance Writers: New Scrivener Template!

June 11, 2015 Writing Stuff
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One of my most popular posts is for my Romance Beat Sheet, but one of my readers asked if I could create a Scrivener template to go along with the Romance Beat Sheet. Yes! If you’re a romance author and use Scrivener for drafting your stories, today’s post is for you.

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The Writing Community: What’s Your Expertise?

June 9, 2015 Writing Stuff
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A writing career often doesn’t pay well, so many of us have day jobs or transitioned to writing after doing something else. To my mind, that’s a good thing. The non-writing experiences we have will enrich our writing and can provide benefits to our writing career as well.

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Formatting: From Manuscript to a Print Book with MS Word

June 2, 2015 Writing Stuff
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There’s nothing like being able to hold your book in your hands to make this “being published” thing feel real, but print publishing can require us to make countless decisions. So even if we’re not ready for print publishing yet, it doesn’t hurt to think about these issues in advance.

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