Getting to the Next Level

I sent the final (?) edits for Mik Murdoch: The Power Within to my editor/publisher on Sunday. Since that time, I have been thinking of the things I have done and still need to do to move to the next level as an author. So, let’s start with what I’ve done: I blog regularly on my website; I have been working to build my Social Media presence on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other places; I have my first novel out; I have my first edited anthology out; I have stories in several anthologies; I have stories up on Wattpad; I podcast regularly (Get Published, in case you didn’t know); I’ve done sessions at several conventions; I’ve collaborated on a novel […]

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Reading Between the Lines

A piece of advice I received from Marty Chan regarding Editor’s comments was, don’t necessarily make the change they suggest. Always look at why the suggestion is made and understand how to fix it in context to the story. His words or wisdom were extremely timely for me. I had just gotten back the edits from my Publisher for Mik Murdoch: The Power Within. When I read some of the comments, my first inclination was to say, “Did she even read the first book?” Then I thought more about why those comments were made and I realized that I don’t want readers to need the context of the first book to ‘get’ the second one. I needed to do a […]

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Get Published Episode 135 – Aaron Navrady, Illustrator & Writer

http://media.blubrry.com/getpublished/p/www.michellplested.com/wp-content/uploads/GetPublished/GetPublished-Episode135.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhen I attended the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo a few weeks ago I met a number of people. One of those was Aaron Navrady. Aaron grabbed my attention within a few minutes of my entry into the first of the exhibition halls. After speaking with him, I knew he would be great for the show so I invited him to talk with me for Get Published. Aaron is an illustrator, writer and graphic novelist. Today we talk about his novel The Cold Fire. It’s a great, albeit long, conversation. Because of the length, there will be no Tips and Typos section to the show today. I also wanted […]

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