Category Archives: Self publishing

How you can use MailChimp star ratings for newsletter subscriber maintenance

Did you ever notice that MailChimp gives your newsletter subscribers a star rating? The stars rank your subscribers according to their engagement with your newsletter. The higher the rating, the more engaged they are. 1 star is a negative rating. … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes: what actually happens when you a release book

You want me to do what on release day? Nooooo…. On release day, I dance to a frenetic beat, a la “Maniac” from the movie Flashdance. (See it on You Tube here) I clear my calendar for the day and … Continue reading

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FYI for authors: updating a published book–it’s not as easy as you think…

Recently I updated Naughty Words for Nice Writers, a sex scene thesaurus I originally published  two years ago. Revising the book itself was easy; re-publishing the updated version hit some snags. I thought I’d share my experience so you’ll know … Continue reading

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How I keep track of expenses for my taxes #WriteTip #TaxTip

Don’t hate me, but I have all my writing/business tax data collected, categorized, added up, and ready to take to my accountant. I discovered years ago if I kept track during the year, the end of the year was a … Continue reading

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2016 in review: a year of successes and some trial and error

My annual year-in-review post is always enlightening for me. It allows me to keep a history of what I’ve done (I often refer to past year’s reviews) and to evaluate what occurred. When I lay it all out there, I … Continue reading

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Things they don’t tell you about being an author…#writetip

I’ve been writing for more than twenty-five years and have been published since 2009 (twenty-seven or so titles). I had 15 books published by four  epublishers before going Indie in 2014. As an indie, I’ve published another dozen or so … Continue reading

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Read science fiction romance for free! Join my review team #ScifiRom #SFR

Big publishers have reader teams and book bloggers to whom they send advance copies of books for review. As an author who is also an independent publisher, I also have a review team/street team. I have a few positions open. … Continue reading

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The big reveal: my redesigned website!

Ta da! My website has been given a makeover. It has a new banner and a new tagline: Romance that’s nice…and naughty. Sweet ‘n Spicy, who has designed many of my book covers, created the new look. The resdesign represents a … Continue reading

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#FridayFaves: Sedona, AZ & how not to make the NY Times bestseller list

Friday Faves is an (almost) weekly post in which I present two of my favorite things. One is personal, the other is publishing industry-related. This week’s personal Friday Fave is:…Sedona, Arizona. One of my favorite vacation spots in the United … Continue reading

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I need a hero. Let’s play find that cover art! #FunnyPictures

This is a fun little exercise, I like to call find that cover art! I have a graphics artist who does my book covers, but I like to give her inspiration photos to show her what I’m thinking, because what’s … Continue reading

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