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So, You Think You Know Books by Brenda J Wood


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So You Think You Know Books 1. Who was the youngest author on the New York best seller list? 2. What are the pen names of David Cornwall and Alfred Wight? 3. Dr. Seuss had best sellers on the fiction and non-fiction NY Times’ list. (True or false?) 4. Who holds the record for the Read More

Hiring Professionals by Janice L Dick


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Being a writer these days requires much of us. We are to be: – writer – researcher – editor – formatter – cover designer – marketer – promotional expert – and so on There are some who manage to carry it off, but for most of us, doing it all is more than w Read More

Why Writers Can’t Simply Write by Steph Beth Nickel


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This post first appeared on Janet Sketchley’s blog, “Tenacity.” If you’re a writer—and even if you’re not—you’ve probably seen posts about the GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation. It makes sense to be concerned about how our personal data is collected, stored, and used, but the GDPR has caused a lot of trouble for Read More

Hiring Professionals by Pamela Mytroen


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Hiring Professionals I always have two or three novels on the go beside my bed. So, with that perspective, I will offer my thoughts on why novelists should hire professionals. The Book Cover If I love a book cover, I’ll check out the author and then the book blurb, in that order. If I do Read More

No Limits or Know Limits? by Tracy Krauss


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No Limits or Know Limits? We can’t all be good at everything – no matter how much we wish it were true. Knowing one’s own strengths and weaknesses is the first step toward success no matter what the situation, but never more so than for those hoping to ‘make it’ as an independent author. Putting Read More

Not Just for Writing by Brenda J Wood


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Not Just for Writing Yes, oh yes! We write books. But do we really care about them, ours and other people’s? Do we open them, treasure the smoothness of the paper, read a word or two? Or do we leave them on the shelf never to be really appreciated? In that case, those books should Read More

Making Connections: Writers’ Conferences by Janice L Dick


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MAKING CONNECTIONS: WRITERS’ CONFERENCES I’ve made a lot of literary friends over the years since I began writing. Many of them are online relationships because I live on a farm on the Canadian prairies. So, I rarely meet those from far away. However, I’ve been blessed to be introduced to The Word Guild and InScribe Read More

Choosing a Writing Method by Pamela Mytroen


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What writing method do you use for short stories or novels? There are many. There’s the Skeleton Method that Angela Hunt uses (and taught us at our Fall Conference). Or there’s the Chapter Method where the story is first summarized in one or two sentences and then each chapter is summarized on index cards Read More

Food Dictates Character by Brenda J Wood


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Food Dictates Character What She Ate: six remarkable women and the food that tells their stories by Laura Shapiro (Penguin Random House Publishers) evoked all kinds of questions in my mind. The book describes the eating habits of Dorothy Wordsworth, Rosa Lewis, Eleanor Roosevelt, Eva Braun, Barbara Pym, and Helen Gurley Brown. Their eating habits Read More

Decisions, Decisions by Tracy Krauss


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Two Necessities When Deciding What to Write Coming up with ideas has never been a problem for me. I have tons for both fiction and non-fiction running rampant in my head at any given time. I suppose the better question is, how do I decide what to focus on at any given time? Organizing my Read More

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