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Bracing for a whirlwind 2018, what I expect this year…

As I write this, I am sitting in the calm before the storm.  2018 is showing every indication of being a category 5 hurricane. I had high hopes this year of writing/publishing only four, maybe five books. You know, cutting … Continue reading

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2017 in review: a surprising renaissance year…my best ever….

The year in review blog is my annual report to myself. Compiling and analyzing the data give me insight and direction to move forward. 2017 was a pivotal year for me. It was a surprisingly great year. I’m calling 2017 … Continue reading

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What I learned in 2017 part 3: follow the crowd…except when you don’t

“Minding your own business” is bad advice when it comes to publishing. You can learn a lot by keeping tabs on your fellow authors. You’ll find out what genres and tropes are hot, what kinds of book covers are trending, … Continue reading

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What I learned in 2017 part 2: It really IS about the book #writetip

When authors ask “what can I do to promote my book?” publishing industry professionals often reply, “write a good book.” It’s easy to dismiss that advice as trite. Of course, you should write a good book! What ELSE can an … Continue reading

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What I learned in 2017 part 1: Get my ducks in a row!

When you make a mistake, you learn what not to do. But when things go right…you learn what to do. Knock on wood, I had a very good year. Soon, I’ll post my annual year in review, but for the … Continue reading

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Analysis of a free book promotion: what I did, why I did it, & the results…part 1

I’m probably one of the last Indie authors to drink the make-your-book free Kool-Aid. I knew the strategy behind a free promotion: give away a book to sell more books. But, I didn’t know if it would work for me, … Continue reading

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For readers: what it means when an author ‘re-releases’ a book…

A reader asked what it means when an author re-releases a book and why. A re-release means that a book was published once, then was removed from sales channels, but now is being made available again. There are two basic … 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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