Your own worst critic

As a self-published author, are you your own worst critic? Or maybe a better question is, should you be? One …

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Small Victories

Many people – myself included – have to-do lists about a mile long. So much listed there that it’s impossible …

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The Infamous Infodump Vs. The Dragon Protagonist

Let’s say you’re writing fantasy or science fiction. And let’s say you’ve got your dragons sorted from your demons. You’ve …

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Intentional Marketing

Marketing is not what most fiction writers really want to do. They want to write their stories and have their …

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Strengths and Weaknesses

We spend years learning the craft of writing. We take classes on grammar and punctuation but becoming an author is …

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Ready… Aim…

It’s been said here many times. Some writers like writing from the seat of their pants. Pantsers, as they are …

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Packing a Perfect Query

If a novel were a leisurely summer abroad, the query letter would be a weekend getaway. And, just like some …

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Creating Culture

Canada celebrates Canada Day – the uniting of 3 colonies into a single nation.  The US has the Fourth of July …

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Audio in marketing

When you want to tell people about your books, how can you make sure you’ll be heard? For some, the …

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The Elasticity of Story Time

Keeping track of time in a story can be a tricky business. Some writers use a time line, and even …

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