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Career Planning for Writers

Branding and goal planning. Sample topics: deciding on your goals and priorities, branding issues, entrepreneurship, platform building and ownership, series vs. stand-alone stories, etc.

Reader Connections, Fake Personas, and Catfishing

Yellow figurine on pile of fake coins with text: When Does "Fake" Become "Fraud"?

Many authors try to create a sense of friendship and connection to their readers. But some “authors” aren’t authors at all—they’re marketing people using ghostwriters and fake personas to trick readers into forming those connections.

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April 17, 2018

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Does Your Platform Need a Spring Cleaning?

Broom leaning against a wall with text: Spring Cleaning: Time to Update Our Website and Social Media

Our platform consists of online components, such as our website and social media accounts, that we use to get our messages out. But we can fall behind on keeping those components up-to-date and need to do a little spring cleaning.

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April 10, 2018

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Writing Your Worldview: Biases and Beyond

Rainbow, clouds, and blue sky with text: How Do Our Beliefs Affect Our Writing?

Science can be influenced by societal assumptions, so we certainly can’t keep “social ideas” out of our fiction. Our preferences, biases, beliefs, assumptions, etc. affect everything—whether we recognize them or not.

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January 23, 2018

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What to Write Next: Playing Favorites

Field of identical-looking sunflowers with text: Can We Play Favorites with Our Writing?

The vast majority of us will write more than one story during our life, so at some point in our career, we’ll have to decide what we’re going to write next. The question then becomes, how do we decide?

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January 9, 2018

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Happy New Year! Time to Leave Guilt Behind…

Fireworks in a dark sky with text: Celebrate by Leaving Guilt Behind!

This time of year is ripe for wrap-ups of what we accomplished over the previous year. However, it’s easy to reach the end of 2017 and feel like a failure for not accomplishing enough or not reaching a certain goal or milestone.

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January 2, 2018

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