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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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Writer Dilemma: Private Life vs. Public Figures

January 19, 2016 Random Musings
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Many of us struggle with maintaining a sense of privacy online, yet being a writer requires us to be “public figures.” That means we have to find a balance between privacy and public sharing to be an author. Let’s take a look at some of the privacy issues we might run into in our writing life.

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Writer Karma: Don’t Be a Taker

January 5, 2016 Random Musings
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Everyone who knows me and follows my blog knows I love to help others. Most people who contact me are appreciative, and I really am happy to help. But there are a few… *sigh*

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The Best Reason to Blog — 2015 Edition

November 26, 2015 Random Musings
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Every Thanksgiving, I write a “the best reason to blog” post because gratitude is such a powerful tool. Thinking about what we’re thankful for forces us to pay attention to what has meaning in our lives. The daily grind can make us forget why we do what we do, but being grateful for the good things reminds us of what matters most.

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Criticism & Reviews: How Do You Handle Feedback?

September 24, 2015 Writing Stuff
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For many writers, the point of writing is to connect with others through our words. Because of that desire, it’s hard to ignore feedback, and during editing, we don’t want to ignore suggestions. But what about after we publish? Should we read reviews of our published work?

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Release News! How Has the Writing Community Helped You?

August 13, 2015 News
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Yesterday, I announced another book release, and the wave of congratulations and support gave me warm fuzzies all day. *smile* I feel so blessed to be part of the writing community. The writing community has been there for me at every turn, and I’m grateful. I hope all of you have received that support as well.

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What 5 Years of Blogging Has Taught Me about Writing

July 16, 2015 Writing Stuff
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People tend to like nice round numbers like 5s and 10s, so reaching the five-year point on my blog feels like a major milestone. That means now might be a good time to look back at what I’ve learned over those five years, and share what those lessons might tell us about the rest of our writing career.

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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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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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Branding 101: What’s Your Brand’s Voice?

May 28, 2015 Writing Stuff
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On social media, people regularly break the “rule” to avoid discussing religion or politics. Does it no longer apply? The answer depends on who we are and what our goals are. Our brand could be either quiet or loud, and the style of our interactions might affect or inform many aspects of our marketing efforts.

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