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The Writer’s Life

  “You do not need to leave your room, remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” Franz […]

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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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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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The Most Important Lessons Prince Taught Us

Photo by Peter Tea As I read stories written about Prince since his untimely death, I realize there are some loud messages he’s left us to ponder. One of the most crucial is: it’s okay to be different. In fact, it’s not just okay. It’s important, necessary, vital even. Prince never shied away from being […]

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