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Hand-held voice recorder is this author’s best friend for capturing ideas-on-the-run #writertoolbox #amwriting #amplotting

I do a lot of “writing” when I’m out walking. Ideas come to me, characters start talking, I get a lot of plotting done in 10,000 steps–and then have to remember it all. When I get home, I run to … Continue reading

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10 secrets to success I learned during 10 years of publishing #publishinghacks #indieauthor

In July, I celebrated my tenth anniversary as a published author. Ten years ago I signed my first publishing contract. Since then, I’ve published 40 titles, switched from traditional publishing to indie, changed genres, and hit the USA Today bestseller … Continue reading

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Help me pick a book title!

A previously released book is getting a makeover. It’s getting a new ending, a new cover, new blurb, and new title. I’m having trouble deciding on a title. The book is a paranormal science fiction fantasy romance. Just knowing that, … Continue reading

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2009-2019: A look back at how I got published…

This year, 2019, marks my tenth anniversary as a published author. In July 2009 I signed my first book publishing contract. Writing books and getting published was always my BIG DREAM.  It was the one thing I wanted more than … Continue reading

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2018 in review: a year in which strategy & planning paid off…

The bottom line: 2018 was a record-setting book sales year for me. I had my best sales year and single best pie-in-the sky month, hitting goals that once had seemed impossible. I had set a focused strategy, followed the plan, … Continue reading

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Insider secrets: from Deception….to Redemption. Hidden plot clues

I love dropping little clues that hint at the story or the theme of my romance novels. One way I’ve done that in my steamy, funny Alien Mate scifi romance series is with the name of the ship that ferries … Continue reading

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The crafting of a romance novel blurb, from draft to final…#romancewriting #fictionwriting #writecraft

  I write blurbs the same way I write a novel–by pantsing, not plotting. I let the ideas come to me. If I attempted to sit down and craft a blurb, I would stare at a blank screen going uhh…. … Continue reading

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‘Migatory’ #SFR author Lea Kirk shares her many writing spaces #AuthorsInSpace

By Lea Kirk When Cara first asked if I’d like to share my writing space with you all, I made a weird gulping sound. What I wanted to share was my neat and clean dream office, complete with walnut floor-to-ceiling bookcases, a … Continue reading

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A visit into Kayelle Allen’s ‘homeworld’ office #AuthorsInSpace #SFR

By Kayelle Allen Since 2004, I have used the phrase “homeworld” instead of website for kayelleallen.com. But honestly, the room shown in these pictures is my true homeworld. I swear I live here. Sometimes nod off here. Have eaten meals … Continue reading

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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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