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Act Before You Think

On a Facebook writers group I’m a member of, someone started a discussion by asking who among us were Indies, who were traditionally published, and who were “authors in waiting.” I suspected the term “author in waiting” to be someone with a completed manuscript who was waiting to either secure a literary agent, or a […]

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How To Not Quit, Even When You Want To

Some scenes are too hard to write. Sometimes your brain starts to hurt just thinking about what should happen next. Most of the time it comes down to those pesky characters. What are they really feeling and thinking, but saying otherwise? People are so damn complicated. Yesterday my manuscript was torturing me. I couldn’t move […]

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Judging a Book By Its Protagonist: Do you Judge?

  Every story needs a bad guy, right? The badder the bad guy the more compelling the read. But what about the protagonist? What if she’s unlikeable? There are many readers who will say, heck no to that book. There are readers who will stop mid-book, or earlier, if they deem the protagonist unrelatable. I […]

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Don’t Miss This Self-Publishing Workshop

Writers! There’s only one week left to register for my Self-Publishing Workshop at The Writers Circle in Summit, New Jersey. In two hours, you’ll learn tips and strategies which have taken me three years to amass and implement in this ever-changing industry. If you’ve ever wanted to know anything (or everything!) about how to self-publish […]

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Why President Obama Reads Books

    It is so true that a reader’s takeaway is very individual. We all get something different from the books we read. Mainly because it connects back to our personal experiences, both positive and negative. Some people choose the act of reading as an escape from their daily life, or for pure entertainment, or […]

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Must-Do Actionable Marketing Tips for Self-Published Authors

  Indie Authors! This is for you. Find my guest post about how to leverage your Indie Power at thebookdesigner.com.   WHAT?? You didn’t know you had any Indie Power?? Head over to Joel Friedlander’s site, The Book Designer, for my article on how self-published authors need to recognize the robust “marketing staff” they already […]

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Indie Bookstores Are Like Cheers Minus the Beer

Small Business Saturday, the day after Black Friday, and two days before Cyber Monday, is a relatively new national campaign to drive business to stores once known as Mom & Pop Shops. While we think of Black Friday as the day to shop department store deals and Cyber Monday as a day to shop online […]

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