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Where You Can Get the Starter Guide for Professional Writers

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Blog Posts, Editing, Uncategorized, Work and Career, Writing | 0 comments

Where You Can Get the Starter Guide for Professional Writers

I’m happy to announce that The Starter Guide for Professional Writers is now available at most online retailers! The Starter Guide for Professional Writers contains everything to know so that you can begin earning money for your writing. Ten chapters address every stage of writing, revising, releasing, and promoting your first (or second, or third) published story, including what you need to:  Defeat writer’s block and finish your story Revise to make the strongest manuscript...

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“The Queen’s Arrival” in Liquid Imagination, and a Christmas Gift Idea

Posted by on Dec 7, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing | 0 comments

“The Queen’s Arrival” in Liquid Imagination, and a Christmas Gift Idea

My mythic fantasy piece “The Queen’s Arrival” has been reprinted in Liquid Imagination Issue #19. It’s actually been up nearly a week, and I apologize for posting the link so late–though as you can see, things have been busy. I’ve only just got around to making my Christmas card & gift list and am starting to scrape together time, ideas, and money to fulfill it. Speaking of which: If you’re lost on gift ideas for a writer in your life–surely...

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Happy National Novel Writing Month!

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing | 0 comments

For several hundred thousand writers, the great challenge of the year has just launched: for the next 30 days, they will be scrambling to maintain a semi-functional life while also producing 1,667 words per day, to end with a 50,000 word story on December 1st. I wish them luck. While I can’t deny the glories of a creative adrenaline surge, I have never managed to get more than 35,000 words in November, and have several times had to step back and let the challenge go before I had a...

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Useful Things of the Week

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing | 0 comments

I don’t know if I’m actually going to make this a weekly post, but I suppose it depends on how much cool and useful stuff I find over the course of the week. An excellent quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Airman’s Odyssey comes to mind as I revise another article:  “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”  Deleting excess words, trimming a piece down to its...

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WIP Name And Shame

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing |

A writer’s blog is nothing if not a way to hold myself accountable. Here’s the progress I’ve made on my main writing projects, as of October 1st, 2013. Starter Guide for Professional Writers–I’m just past halfway through the second draft, which is already 20,000 words longer than the first. In hindsight the first draft was just a very detailed outline. I’ve fleshed it out with more examples, explanation, and a few new ideas or good old ideas that I’d...

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Print-on-Demand Formatting for Better Royalties

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Blog Posts, Editing, Featured, Uncategorized, Work and Career, Writing, Writing Advice | 0 comments

Print-on-Demand Formatting for Better Royalties

CreateSpace is one of the most popular POD (print-on-demand) choices for self-publishing authors and small presses. Each time a book is ordered through Amazon or another retailer, CreateSpace prints the book and ships it. Each month, CreateSpace sends the author accrued royalties, after it takes its printing and distribution costs. The author doesn’t need to worry about managing an inventory of unsold books-all one needs to do is write the book and upload it with proper formatting. And...

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Anatomy of Successful Crowdfunding (or, How I made 700% of my Kickstarter goal despite a godawful cover image)

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing | 0 comments

Anatomy of Successful Crowdfunding (or, How I made 700% of my Kickstarter goal despite a godawful  cover image)

What makes a successful crowdfunding project? Any number of things, I’m sure. That’s the good news. A campaign doesn’t need to be 100% successful on all fronts to make its funding goal, it just needs to do enough things well enough. But a lot rides on certain key choices you make for your campaign. In the spirit of inquiry, I’ve conducted this–is it called a “postmortem” is it’s successful beyond my wildest dreams? -No, a friend reminds me...

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Reward in Daily Science Fiction’s Kickstarter! Also, Newsletters.

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Work and Career, Writing | 0 comments

Daily Science Fiction is hosting a Kickstarter Campaign to pay authors for their short fiction published for the next six months, September 2013-March 2014. Among rewards including omnibus anthologies, gourmet chocolate, and a crocheted Cthulhu, you can also sign up for a critique from Yours Truly of a short story (they say up to 5,000 words, but I wouldn’t complain about longer, either)! See the details for Daily Science Fiction’s Fall 2013 campaign here. On the topic of...

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Blogging from the Writer’s Staycation

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing | 0 comments

Blogging from the Writer’s Staycation

After my work with Zahara proved so rewarding last semester, I’ve continued as her assistant over this summer. This means I’ve been able to attend not only one but two Staycations–and this time as an apprentice Fellow, which means this Friday I’ll be an opening and lunchtime speaker. It also means that, with four weekdays dedicated to my own projects, I finally have time to ressurect some of the old draft posts for this blog. So what is the Staycation, exactly?...

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List: Everything That Can Go Wrong (a Mix-n-Match Adventure)

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing | 0 comments

Storytelling is problem solving–to have a plot, you need a problem for your characters to confront. Then the plot needs a reason behind it, and you have to make clear what’s at stake if the problem isn’t solved, while having some idea how your characters are going to solve it. Over the weekend I started brainstorming problems-stakes-causes-and-solutions with a particular series in mind (another one!? Yes, another one). But as I went on I realized this list might serve as a...

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