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8 Tips for Introducing Flash Fiction To Your Writing Group

Writing groups take many shapes and sizes. Frequency of meetings, general purpose, size, and requirements all vary from one group to another. Many writing groups exist for more than manuscript exchanges, special events, and critiques. I found myself leading the charge in organizing a writing group in which the members were interested in readings and… Continue Reading »

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Plan Your Marketing With the Power of Story

“Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.” – Kurt Vonnegut Conflict, rising tensions, epic rivalries; we writers love to finger paint with all of it.  But what if you could use the same raw materials of story to map out your marketing efforts?  How fun would that be?… Continue Reading »

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How to Stop Spamming and Grow Your Network

“My new book is out! Buy for $2.99 on Amazon! [LINK]” “Have you read my new novel yet? Get it now! [LINK]” “ ‘MY BOOK TITLE’ #kindle #bestseller [LINK]” Do these spam author posts feel familiar? It’s become a common author stereotype on social media networks to constantly post asking people to please, for the… 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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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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Writing Groups: Backyard v. Inbox

I love hanging out with writers. Sometimes in-person, sometimes online, and one of the best perks is that it’s not just social, it’s good for my writing too. Other writers aren’t just my friends, they’re my business colleagues. When I can, I’m writing with my local writing group, but when I can’t, I’m plugged in… Continue Reading »

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