Writing

Crunch Time Again! ~ But what does that mean?

Crunch time. We’ve heard it said many times. Everybody seems to have one and it means something different to each one of us. Basically it’s a deadline. Like being tied to a railroad track while a locomotive is bearing down on you. Can I get untied and off the track in time? For a writer,…

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THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP

Welcome to this blog hop. What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way that readers can discover new authors, because with bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, we need to find a way to introduce readers to authors they may not see in their local bookstore. I’ve been tagged by…

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained—Epilogue

It is now October 2012, and my experiment ended months ago. So how did it all work out? Is KDP Select worth it? How about the giveaway, was it worth it? I’d like to be able to give a definitive ‘yes’ or ‘no’ but I’m afraid it just isn’t that simple. There are certainly pros…

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained—Part 3

It’s the end of the second day, my day anyway, of my experiment with Amazon’s KDP Select giveaway of The Toymaker. So how has it done so far? Let’s take a look… At the end of yesterday, The Toymaker had been downloaded a little over 12,000 times. So far today (as of 10:00 p.m.) it…

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained. Part 2

So the experiment is under way. I’m checking the free book giveaway with Amazon’s KDP Select program not to see how many books I can give away, but to see if the rankings garnered during the carry over to sales after the 3-day period is over. So what’s happened so far today? Let’s take a…

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained–Part 1

A popular saying, even cliche by many standards, but still apropos. And so the exercise begins. Even though my fellow author encouraged me to do it…I resisted. I watched their sales rise and fall…yet I resisted. I watched some do it with no luck and others with monumental success…and I still resisted. The hours of…

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8 RULES FOR SUCCESSFUL WRITING

I originally wrote this as “A writer’s guide to New Year’s resolutions.” The intent was to help kick-start the new year off right, but I realized from comments and emails received that these guidelines hold true regardless of when you start writing. So, this is most of the original post with a little extra thrown…

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Thriller Authors Share Secrets — "How to Write the Thriller"

 Thriller authors share secrets — “How to Write the Thriller” Readers of thriller novels are literary adrenalin junkies, addicted to the plot-driven roller-coaster rides and white-knuckle suspense. That’s why the thriller has become one of the most popular forms of contemporary fiction today. A panel of area thriller writers will provide tips on “How to…

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What Do You Write About?

I recently read a blog by an author who was hedging on venturing into the world outside her familiar realm of prose. Write about what she knows…or write about what she doesn’t know. That was her dilemma. She compared it to the deep end of the pool versus the shallow end. So I pose this…

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NO TIME LEFT TO WRITE!

  AS strange as this sounds, it seems I had more time to write when I had a full time job. I retired on May 31 after 26 ½ years as an air traffic controller. The first 2 books were written in their entirety while I was working full time. After I retired, I spent…

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