professionalism

Slow Progress Is Better Than No Progress

April 27, 2017 Over-Achieving Perfectionist
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Due to my health issues over the past 14 months, I’ve missed a lot of self-imposed deadlines, and it’d be easy to get frustrated. But it’s important to remember that slow progress is not a failure. Slow progress is still better than nothing.

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4 Common Copy Editing Issues to Watch For — Guest: Julie Glover

April 25, 2017 Writing Stuff
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I’ve mentioned before that I write very “clean,” which saves me money on editing. If we learn what we tend to get wrong and then watch out for those issues when writing, we can strengthen the skills that can help us write cleaner.

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Self Publishing? Match Your Plans to Your Goals — Part Three

April 6, 2017 Writing Stuff
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My series about Indie Publishing Paths at Fiction University has highlighted some of the choices we have to make as self-published authors, including what our newsletter strategy should be. Can our goals help us decide?

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Author Struggles: Gaining Reviews

March 30, 2017 Over-Achieving Perfectionist
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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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Branding 101: Keeping Our Sanity while Building a Brand

March 23, 2017 Over-Achieving Perfectionist
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We can’t do it all, and as Jenny Hansen mentioned recently, that includes limiting our social media platforms. It’s so easy in this business to overdo things, and that includes our branding efforts. Let’s take a look at how to find (and keep) the right balance for the sake of our sanity.

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Writing Craft: Balancing Rules and Voice

March 16, 2017 Writing Stuff
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Many aspects of writing are subjective, so we often need to discuss how to find the right balance. One element we need to balance is the rules of writing versus our writing voice. How can we know when we should break the rules for the sake of our voice?

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Faking It: Making Our Actions Count

February 28, 2017 Random Musings
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We’ve probably all heard the phrase: Fake it until you make it. Faking it isn’t always easy, but the effort of faking it can push us forward. Over time, we’ll often discover we’re not faking it anymore. What would be even better, though, was if faking it wasn’t as hard, right?

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Are There Story Elements You Avoid Writing?

February 23, 2017 Writing Stuff
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The stories we write are affected by our worldview, but that’s not the only thing that might make us avoid writing about certain elements. By looking at the other reasons we might have, we can decide whether our avoidance makes sense or points out an opportunity to improve.

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How to Make Our Blog Images Tell a Story

February 21, 2017 Over-Achieving Perfectionist
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Many forms of writing include visual elements, but there’s a difference between images that simply provide a visual element, and images that add to the writing. Let’s take a look at how we can make the visuals we include with our work add to the meaning of our words.

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Self Publishing? Match Your Plans to Your Goals — Part Two

February 2, 2017 Writing Stuff
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My series about Indie Publishing Paths at Fiction University has highlighted some of the choices we have to make as self-published authors, including how to keep readers. Can our goals help us decide?

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