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Are You a Publishing and Writing Procrastinator?

Are You a Publishing and Writing Procrastinator?

I’m often asked: how do you write so much; how have you managed to publish so many books; how do you do what you do?
The answer is: it starts with a timeline and a plan to get there. And not procrastinating about what I want to do.
Today is May 21 – a cold, snowy Tuesday that shouldn’t be happening weather-wise, at least in my world. My latest book arrived from the printer. I love the …

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How to NOT Sabotage Your Author, Writer and Publishing Career

How to NOT Sabotage Your Author, Writer and Publishing Career

Not a week goes by that I don’t get a variety of “How do I do it?” questions that pertain to either writing, publishing or book marketing. Whew. None are one sentence responses.
If it’s about writing, it may be: How can I make a living writing? Do you know who pays for freelancers?
For authors and authors-to-be, it could be: I want to be in this for the long haul. How do I get started? How …

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Imagine the Places Your Writing and Words Can Go!

Imagine the Places Your Writing and Words Can Go!

Reading and Writing are joined at the hip. I’m often asked how do I get so much pumped out each week with blogs, communications about ongoing events, the variety of books I work of with clients … and working on my own book.

First, I write a lot. And I read. And I watch TV and movies. All are factors in what I create and publish. Below are nine of my personal tips:

Read. I read …

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Typical Words that Snag Authors in Their Writing

Typical Words that Snag Authors in Their Writing

Leave it to Mark Twain to remind us, “Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” 

 
One of the most common snafus I come across in editing a manuscript is the confusion of same sounding words. Partly from, auto-corrections, dictation of copy and just not knowing the correct spelling.
All authors stumble here—yes, ALL. Oh, you’ve spelled the word correctly … BUT, is it the right word with the right meaning? …

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Ready, Aim, WRITE … it’s National Novel Writing Month. Get your rough draft of 50,000 words going!

Ready, Aim, WRITE … it’s National Novel Writing Month.  Get your rough draft of 50,000 words going!

November Delivers National Novel Writing Month!
Using the abbreviation and hashtag, NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month challenges participants to write 50,000 words (their minimum number of words for a novel) from November 1 until the deadline at 11:59PM on November 30. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to get people writing and keep them motivated throughout the process. For many … it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction or nonfiction. It’s a goal … get the draft done … just …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

 

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The 9 Steps of Writing Your Book

The 9 Steps of Writing Your Book

The Stages of Writing and Creating Your Manuscript
 
1.       Write 50 to 100 words. Congrats … that’s a PARAGRAPH.
2.       Next, string 225 to 250 words … that’s a PAGE.
3.       Depending on your chapter length—remember, I’m a fan of “short is the new black”, create anywhere from 1,000 words to 2,000 words … that’s a CHAPTER.
4.       You are on a roll. Now, expand your creativity. How many chapters to you think are needed to deliver your story …

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