Category Archives: Reading

Why You Should Be Excerpting Your Novel

Have you ever been flipping through a magazine and found an excerpt from a book, maybe one you’d never read? And did reading that short passage make you want to read more, prompting you to go looking for the book? … Continue reading

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No Story Conflict? Explore Your Options

As a reader of Angela and Becca’s blog, chances are you’ve seen some of their many posts about the role of conflict in our story. In fact, as a Resident Writing Coach here, I’ve previously talked about how to make … Continue reading

Posted in Balance, Characters, Conflict, Endings, Experiments, Pacing, Plotting, Reading, Resident Writing Coach, Uncategorized, Writing Craft | 12 Comments

Ways to Defeat Self-Doubt: Hang Upside Down (and Other Creative Moves)

September, 2009, was Dan Brown week in the world of publishing. That was when The Lost Symbol—Brown’s much-awaited follow-up to The Da Vinci Code (2003)—hit the bookstores.   The Lost Symbol was not easy for Mr. Brown to write. I … Continue reading

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Predictions for Publishing Trends in Late 2020 and Beyond

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been decidedly weird. Despite our desires to the contrary, the weirdness persists, gouging grooves into our current reality that spell changes for the future of publishing. Savannah Cordova is here to … Continue reading

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What “Read More to Improve Your Writing” Really Means

Everyone says you should read a lot if you want to improve your writing. A blanket statement if ever I heard one.  Anyone can read. There are readers out there consuming 100, 200, and even more books a year. You … Continue reading

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Celebrating Writer Moms (with a 50% Book Bundle Discount!)

You have a mom. We have moms. Some of us have moms we’ve adopted or who have adopted us. And we all know others who are great moms, people we admire, look up to, and try to emulate. And then … Continue reading

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Goal-Setting for Writers (During a Pandemic)

None of us enjoys uncertainty. And unfortunately, that’s what we have right now. A lot is happening outside the doors to our homes. Stress and worry have become part of our everyday. Life’s not easy at the moment and that … Continue reading

Posted in Agents, Buying Books, Focus, Goal and Milestones, Goal Setting, Marketing, Motivational, Platform, Promotion, Publishing and Self Publishing, Reader Interest, Social Networking, The Business of Writing, Time Management, Uncategorized, Writer's Attitude, Writing Time | 12 Comments

Writing During Tough Times: What You Need to Know to Keep the Words Flowing

Writing can be a challenge, and that’s when life’s going well. Getting those words to flow, for our characters to show up and play nice, drumming up the motivation to market our books takes passion and perseverance, day after day … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Consider Translating Your Work

Happy to welcome Savannah Cardova from Reedsy who has some good information to share on book translations. As many of you know, we have a foreign rights agent and have sold rights to publishers in different countries. While some books … Continue reading

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Need a Creative Kick in the Pants?

FACT: every once in a while, the ol’ brain noodle goes limp. You stare at the screen…stare at the screen…stare at the screen. And then you remember…oh hey, there’s a pile of laundry downstairs. Or, the car needs gas. Or … Continue reading

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