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Episode 31: Finding Focus in Your Writing

Hi there! Thanks for joining me today. Before we dive into this episode, I wanted to remind you to head over and check out DIYMFA.com. And while you’re at it, sign up for our almost-weekly newsletter. You’ll get insider access to a treasure trove of tips, techniques, and insights from yours truly! Today’s episode is… Continue Reading »

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Five Ways to Fall in Love With Marketing Your Work

Marketing is every bit of contact your company has with the outside world.  Every bit. – From Guerrilla Marketing by Jay Levinson Why does the term “marketing people” evoke such dread?  In some circles it might even be considered an oxymoron.  But I say that the trepidation around marketing and marketing volk comes from a… Continue Reading »

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#5OnFri: Five Fabulous Steampunk Books

I had never even heard of steampunk before I got a job at a Victorian Fair one summer.  The woman leading the orientation asked us for examples of “Victorian-themed” movies that we could use for inspiration.  Someone suggested a Sherlock Holmes movie and she said, “No, that’s more steampunk.”  My mind snapped to attention and… Continue Reading »

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Seven Flash Fiction Exercises for Novel Writing

Many writers struggle with time management. Most of us have full time jobs or other commitments that keep us away from the writing desk. We wish we had the time to write, but it just doesn’t seem to be there. Most published authors tell us in their blog posts and interviews that we need to… Continue Reading »

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#5onFri: 5 Books That Make Great Audiobooks

I never thought I’d be an audiobook lover. I thought audiobook narrators were unnecessary middlemen, interfering with the golden process of communion between the author’s brain and my own. But practicality sometimes trumps ideals: when I started commuting half an hour each way to work, I decided to hang up my reservations and give myself… Continue Reading »

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5 Awesome Author Online Platforms

When it comes to building a platform, sometimes reading a list of tips just doesn’t cut it. Seeing how real authors find their success can trigger new creative ideas and help you find your footing. That’s why I’m always curious about what’s really going on out there on the streets. Or in this case, cyberstreets…. Continue Reading »

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An Inside Look at Three Writers Conferences

Writers choose to spend a considerable amount of time sitting alone at home staring at a computer screen. Whether we write at home or at our favorite coffee shop, the truth is these stories of ours don’t write themselves. I once left my computer alone for an entire week, and when I came back do… Continue Reading »

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