Marketing is eating my lunch

Once upon a time, writers wrote, marketers marketed, and readers read. Alas, I missed out on the days when authors primarily paid attention to their craft and the art of storytelling. Now the line between content producers and content promoters has blurred, if not disappeared. The idea of what it means to be an “author”... Continue Reading →

How to write a novel

Certainly, this is more difficult than writing an essay. You will envy those youthful writers who not only did it in their twenties (or earlier) but got published—and famous. To keep from becoming too discouraged, you’ll have to look for writing icons who didn't blossom until later in life. Now that the envy is under... Continue Reading →

Your pain is my gain

Who doesn’t love statistics? Okay, maybe not everyone. But statistics can be exciting when they have immediate relevance, like the stats Word Press and other blogging tools offer. Thanks to those, I discovered that the search term people used most often to find my blog in the past year has been the phrase "pain assessment... Continue Reading →

My Big Fat Platform Mistake

The title of this post came to me last weekend. At the Fault Zone reading at Florey's Books, I was discussing the topic of an author's "platform" with a fellow author who told me you can only change the name of your Facebook page if the page has fewer than 100 Likes. Oh no, I... Continue Reading →

Just a link in your chain?*

I'm trying, I'm really trying, to make this whole blogging/social media thing work for me. Here are two social media occurrences of the past week: Kourtney Heintz bestowed on me an ABC (Awesome Blog Content) award. (Thank you! and you should check out her blog.) I joined the "Author Karma by Novel Publicity" Facebook Group... Continue Reading →

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