Worrying about People Seeing Themselves in Your Work

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In many ways I wish I had started this blog earlier in my writing process. The writer feedback is wonderful and often gets me to looking at things from a new perspective. I recently got into a blog chat about worrying about what people would think. Would they assume that I wrote them as a particular character.. and may-be they …

Contract! ..With an Affirmation

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Well….. I am happy to announce that I have signed a contract and The Unraveling (Part of the Sage Seed Chronicles) will be out as an e-book sometime this summer!! YEA!!! (Happy dancing all over the place) As I have mentioned before, I never intended to go any route other than the traditional one. It was research into the different …

How Does the Inspiration Hit?

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I believe there are a couple of constants with writers. At least they are truisms with me. The first, of course, being that there are no constants. The second is the fact that a vast majority of us have to have a day job to support ourselves and the last being that inspiration comes from a variety of unsought sources. …

Exploring e-books

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I have studied the traditional publishing routes for authors, have queried and had an agent approach publishers. That method isn’t off the table but in this economy it is incredibly hard to be considered! Self publishing has also been researched. Now it was the time for me to turn my eyes to e-books. It depends on how flexible you are …

Your Book in Print – Self Publishing

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I really am not crazy about self-publishing or vanity presses. They are great for some people but I am just not comfortable with that avenue. There are some pros and cons. Pro: Once you have your book in print, worked out the marketing and distribution- the profit is yours. If you have sufficient sales you can then present your numbers …

The Traditional Road

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The traditional road to becoming published goes like this: You write a book- edit and refine it then go through the process of writing and refining a query letter. You go to some very good Query sites, find the agents that are accepting queries in your genre and start sending out queries. Literary agents are beleaguered with queries and are …

In the beginning…Once Upon a Time

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I have been writing for sometime. I started writing articles in 2001 for local publications. Some were research oriented and others were opinion pieces. In 2007 I was asked to write guest columns for a wonderful trade magazine: Home Furnishings Business. But in April of 2009 I began to write fiction. I started what turned out to be a series …