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Jen Matera

Guest Post: Donna Huber – Do You Need A Publicity Assistant?
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Guest Post: Donna Huber – Do You Need A Publicity Assistant?

Do You Need a Publicity Assistant? By Donna Huber Traditional publishers offer editors, designers, marketing and sales teams, and publicists. As an indie or self-published, you are in control of who you have on your team. Yet you are also responsible for the financial investment of having team members. A careful consideration of what you are capable of doing yourself and the expertise you need...

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23 Jul 2014
in Articles, On Writing

The Benefits Of An Open Mind

The Benefits of an Open Mind   An open mind—the ability to see the world from limitless angles and viewpoints without passing judgment—is something that many strive toward. But how many of us can say we can say we’ve actually achieved it? I don’t think it’s a destination as much as it is a journey toward open-mindedness simply because I don’t think there’s a final...

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15 Jul 2014
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Writing What You Know

Writing What You Know So we’ve all heard the old adage before—write what you know. Which is great if you’re a pirate, an alien, a billionaire, or a nineteenth-century courtesan. But what if you’re not? Well, you could still write what you know, but I can’t imagine anyone out there wants me to write a book about accounting. Unless it’s to be used as a...

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29 Jun 2014
Guest Post: Originality in Stories by Isabelle Peterson
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Guest Post: Originality in Stories by Isabelle Peterson

Please welcome today’s Guest Blogger, author Isabelle Peterson, who’s here to talk about originality in stories. Originality in Stories by Isabelle Peterson   I hear it every day. “I read a book like that once.” And to that, I say, “So what?” That’s the brilliance of books. And movies and songs and every other artistic adventure. I could bore you with the various lists out...

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25 Jun 2014
in Articles, On Dialogue

Speak Your Dialogue

Speak Your Dialogue   Have you ever had one of those great writing moments when everything flowed out of you so fast you felt as though you were simply the stenographer sitting in a courtroom and doing your best to keep up with everything as it was thrown at you? Yeah, me neither. But for those who have, there comes that time when you go...

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17 Jun 2014
Don’t Use Five-Dollar Words
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Don’t Use Five-Dollar Words

Mark Twain is credited with saying a lot of things. Some will argue that not everything attributed to him actually originated with him, but he’s one of my go-to guys for helpful quotes. There’s actually one over my desk that reads: Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you,...

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02 Jun 2014
Guest Post: Series Books in a Cliffhanger World by Lisa N. Paul
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Guest Post: Series Books in a Cliffhanger World by Lisa N. Paul

Today’s guest blogger is author Lisa N. Paul, who talks about her love of series books, something that is near and dear to my little series-loving heart! Explaining Series Books in a Cliffhanger World by Lisa N. Paul I’ve been an avid reader since I was a little girl—as far back as I can remember. And while I would read anything and everything I could...

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28 May 2014
in Articles, On Writing

Surround Yourself With Diversity

Surround Yourself With Diversity   Someone once said, “Write what you know.”  We’ve all heard it before. And if taken literally… well, that’s a scary thing. Because I’m not that certain I know all that much about anything interesting. But I’m pretty sure the phrase wasn’t meant to be taken literally, at least not the way I look at it. I look at it as...

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19 May 2014
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