Hiring Professionals by Janice L Dick

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 we can

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Why Writers Can’t Simply Write by Steph Beth Nickel

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 many

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Hiring Professionals by Pamela Mytroen

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 don’t

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No Limits or Know Limits? by Tracy Krauss

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

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Not Just for Writing by Brenda J Wood

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

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Making Connections: Writers’ Conferences by Janice L Dick

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

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Choosing a Writing Method by Pamela Mytroen

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. The

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Food Dictates Character by Brenda J Wood

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

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Decisions, Decisions by Tracy Krauss

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

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The Writer’s Weight Loss Plan by Brenda J Wood

The Writer’s Weight Loss Plan Am I a writer? Can I write? Should I write? When can I possibly find time to write? What will people think if I write? What if no one likes my writing? And, dear writer friend, note that all the questions are about me, my, and I. Where are you

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