Mission Accomplished

I wanted to take a few moments today to talk about my current work-in-progress… or maybe I should say, my former work-in-progress since I finished the first draft on Saturday with a final count of 29, 514 words. I’m not foolish enough to think that it’s done, not by a long shot, but the goal of writing it is done.  It took me a month longer than I had planned but I’m very happy with the results.  My daughter, who is also a first reader on the book, read it yesterday and said she loved it.  While she might be biased, she rarely says anything like that unless she means it.  She also peppered the document with many helpful comments. […]

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Promoting Your Book

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how I will promote my books when they get into print.  I have been fortunate enough to have seen the efforts of several masters of self-promotion.  I’ve also seen several wannabes who fall short. Let’s start with what won’t work, shall we? First, never expect the publisher to handle all the promotion.  As it turns out, unless you are already a multi-million selling author, chances are the publisher won’t have much in the way of promotional budget.  That means you, the author, must handle the heavy lifting in the promotional area.  Don’t get me wrong, the publisher can help you with this, just don’t expect them to do it all.  More about […]

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Writing on a Schedule

I don’t know about you but I like to schedule things.  Maybe it’s because I have so much going on I need a plan to fit it all in or maybe I’m just getting absent-minded and I need the reminder.  I AM busy so I’m going to go with the former rather than the later. Regardless, I’m finding that I need to start scheduling days for my blogging and my writing or it just isn’t going to get done.  First, the blogging. When I was part of StartingWriteNow I was assigned a day of the week to post.  There were usually five of us putting our thoughts out so it made sense to do it that way; it prevented us […]

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