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Jan.27.2014
  First, a huge thanks to Mag­gie Tou­s­saint for her excel­lent dis­cus­sion of reader/fan con­fer­ences. While she was giv­ing so much of her time respond­ing to com­ments and offer­ing her advice and expe­ri­ence, I was able to...
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Jan.13.2014
Posted on January 13, 2014 In part 3 of my series on con­fer­ences, I’m tak­ing a look at reader con­fer­ences. These would be num­ber 3 on my list of value for invest­ment, but they’re a big draw for a lot of peo­ple. I can only speak to the few I’ve attended,...
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Jan.09.2014
I’m con­tin­u­ing my series on writ­ing con­fer­ences. If you missed Part 1, the business-oriented con­fer­ence, you can find it here.   Per­haps my favorite kind of writ­ing con­fer­ence is the craft-oriented one. In the romance genre, in...
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Jan.06.2014
Last chance to sign up for my newslet­ter (use the Nav Bar tab above) to have a chance to win a Nook, or books from some best-selling authors. Also, the Booklover’s Bench Jan­u­ary con­test is open. Hop over for a chance to win a $25 gift card, books, or a chance to name a char...
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Jan.02.2014
Posted on January 2, 2014 I hope every­one had a great kick­off to 2014. Did you make Hop­pin’ John, or fol­low another tra­di­tion for good luck? If so, I hope you’ve signed up for my newslet­ter, because I’m giv­ing away a Nook Sim­ple Touch, and some author...
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Dec.16.2013
First – A HUGE Thank You to every­one who’s kept 4 of my Black­thorne, Inc. books on the Ama­zon Best Seller list for Action Adven­ture Romance. Dan­ger­ous Con­nec­tions and When Dan­ger Calls have both been in the top 20, and Rooted in Dan­ger and Where...
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Dec.12.2013
On the audio book front: I’ve just signed off on Hid­den Fire, so it’s now in the queue at ACX. Mean­while, you can lis­ten to Find­ing Sarah, book 1 in the series. We’ve all heard the rule: Write What You Know. Cer­tainly doc­tors know about med­ical stuff, cops know...
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Dec.09.2013
  I’m excited that Find­ing Sarah is now live as an Audio Book. This is the first in my Pine Hills Police Series, and is nar­rated by Kel­ley Hazen, whom you met in some of my ear­lier “To Hear or Not to Hear” posts.  Right now, I’m in “proof-listening” mode for the sec...
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Dec.02.2013
Finding Sarah
The other day, I sub­mit­ted my most recent chap­ter of my 3rd Maple­ton mys­tery to my cri­tique part­ners. It included the fol­low­ing passage: “Touch­ing base about the acci­dent. I noticed a cou­ple of units pulling away from the scene not long...
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Nov.28.2013
Posted on November 28, 2013    Or, Happy Thanksgivukkah. This year, Hanukkah coin­cides with Thanks­giv­ing. I wish all of you a safe and happy hol­i­day, no mat­ter what you’re celebrating. I’m thank­ful for each of you who takes the time to stop by my ...
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Nov.25.2013
Indie pub­lish­ing makes it much eas­ier to get pub­lished. No longer does an author have to worry about the con­fines of a genre sim­ply because it’s one pub­lish­ers know how to mar­ket. No longer does an author have to hope the pub­lisher has room on...
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Nov.21.2013
  I got noti­fi­ca­tion yes­ter­day that What’s in a Name? was approved by ACX and is now avail­able for pur­chase at audible.com, with iTunes and Ama­zon soon to follow. To reach this stage, I’d lis­tened to the man­u­script as nar­rated by...
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Nov.14.2013
I’m going to wrap up Lisa Cron’s work­shop on Story with this post. If you haven’t read the first two, you can find them here and here. I was report­ing on her 5 steps to Sto­ry­telling last time, and got through the first three. Step 4: World View This is a much more in-...
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Nov.14.2013
I’m com­bin­ing my audio book jour­ney with NINC recaps today, since there were rep­re­sen­ta­tives of ACX at the conference. Along with e-books, audio books have expe­ri­enced double-digit growth, and it’s expected to increase. Get­ting your books into...
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Nov.05.2013
Here’s the next install­ment of Lisa Cron’s work­shop on Story from the Nov­el­ists, Inc. con­fer­ence. If you missed part 1, it’s here. That post cov­ered the phys­i­o­log­i­cal and neu­ro­log­i­cal aspects of Story, and one we had...
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