This is the face I make when I am told the bookstore is closing and I have to go home...

In The News – ‘People are hungry for real bookstores’: Judy Blume on why US indie booksellers are thriving

In The News – Articles Of Interest For Authors I am not allowed in a book store by myself. It is a deal I made with my husband, because I can’t be trusted. The problem is that once you get into a book store, it is a very enticing place. So no matter who I […]

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Truly brilliant dialog, if you speak cat.

Quick Link: Why Everything You Think You Know About Dialogue Is Wrong

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. Paula sighed as she glanced at the blank screen. “This introduction on dialogue won’t write itself…”  “Meow” said Haldol the cat, while attempting to climb into Paula’s lap for the umpteenth time. “Thank goodness John Yeoman from The Wicked Writing Blog is […]

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It must be hard to type without any fingers...

Quick Link: How to Hire a Ghostwriter

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. I don’t know that hiring a ghost writer is something that I will ever need to do, but I can see how they would useful for other people.  At Reedsy, professional ghost writer Andrew Crofts gives us tips on how to hire […]

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We <3 Freebies!

Author Tools – Character Development Worksheet (Free Printable)

Author Tools – things to help you get your writing done Oooh freebies! Who doesn’t like them? Especially if they are as useful as the one from Janalyn Voigt on her Live Breathe Write blog. Janalyn has created a Character Development Worksheet to help you develop and remember the details of your different characters. ~ […]

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A complex moral argument should not be this easy to tell apart....

Quick Link: How to Create a Complex Moral Argument for Your Theme

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. When the movie “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” came out, there was a rumor going around that someone went up to the Coen brothers and said “oh you made a movie based on Homer’s Odyssey.” Being the clever people they were, the […]

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Look at that ponytail... Evil! and he matched his shirt to his eyes!

Quick Links: 4 Tips For Creating Bad Boys & Villains Readers Will Love to Hate

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. Creating a great bad guy is a fine line. You want them to be bad but not so bad that they become one dimensional and have nothing that the reader can identify with. One way is to identify their motivations for their […]

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You can also get away with a jpg background file..

Author Tools: Self-Publishing: How to Promote Your Book With One Easy Photoshop Technique

Author Tools – things to help you get your writing done If you don’t have Photoshop, GIMP is a free and well respected alternative. Alicia Rades at The Write Life shows you how to make your book(s) stand out and look professional for promotions. I would not recommend using this type of image as a […]

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Deals are <i>very</i> nice

Deals! Remains of the Day: Scribd Offering Unlimited Audiobooks Over the Summer

Deals – Cool deals or offers you might be interested in I am sharing this in place of today’s Quick Link because I don’t want you to miss out. Full disclosure, I don’t make a penny off of any of this. I have friends who are very much into audiobooks and this seems like a […]

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In The News – I attached 4000 books to my new living room wall and ceiling.

In The News – Articles Of Interest For Authors Brilliant use of old books or sacrilege? I honestly can’t decide and keep going back and forth. Especially because my beloved The Last Book Store does the same thing. ~ * ~   Book Room, 2016

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Oh TV, is there anything you can't do...

Quick Links: How to Study Subtitles to Write Better Dialogue

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. Andrew J. Stillman, guest blogging over at The Write Practice, has a great writing exercise to improve your dialogue that you can do while watching your favorite show!  ~ * ~ How to Study Subtitles to Write Better Dialogue by Andrew J. […]

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Quick Links: Business Musings: The Grant of Rights Clause (Contracts/Dealbreakers)

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. You should always give a contract a solid look over or, better yet, hire a lawyer so you know what you are getting into. According to Kristine Kathryn Rusch, publishing contracts are getting even more – shall I say politely – complicated for authors. […]

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Author Tools: How to Manipulate Scrivener Labels

Author Tools – things to help you get your writing done For those who haven’t heard of it, Scrivener is a popular writing tool. Ava Jae at Writability gives her hints on organizing pov with color coding her Scrivener labels. ~ * ~ How to Manipulate Scrivener Labels by Ava Jae So last week I […]

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Quick Links: Twitter For Writers – More Proof That It Works – Updated

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. With only being allowed 140 characters, many writers put their social energy into other areas than Twitter. But Twitter can be a great way to meet other writers, find out great resources, and yes – even sell books.  At BooksGoSocial Book Marketing […]

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Promoting with fireworks is out of most people's budget - but really cool

Quick Links: Creating Promotional Material That Works: Swag

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. Authors are trying everything to get their book noticed. One great way is free stuff. You want to make sure that you are using items that work. Over at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University, Marcy Kennedy gives some great information. Editor’s note – […]

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Justice is blind so she can't see that Benjamin you put in her scales

In The News: Author Sues Publisher For Portraying eBook Licenses As ‘Sales’ To Pay Out Fewer Royalties

In The News – Articles Of Interest For Authors Say it isn’t so! A publisher using tactics to get more money out of authors? Color me shocked. Ok, snarky time is over. But this is an interesting read that will get you re-reading any publishing contract you sign. Techdirt has the full scoop. ~ * […]

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