Monthly Archives November 2012

Recipe For Writing–How to make hearty, savory leftovers

Makes unlimited servings Ingredients *Leftovers: ideas, words, sentences, paragraphs, deleted story scenes *1 part imagination *1 part passion *1 part optimism *1 voice Start with your batch of leftovers, sprinkle in imagination, then douse with passion and mix well with optimism. Simmer to your liking and season to taste with your voice. Best shared with others…serve to the world while still warm. ~A.M. Day
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New Writers Beware–Don’t trust the one with the shiny apple!

“Thanks, but no thanks.”  This is a phrase I find myself saying more often than I care to. As an indie author, it can be a challenge to find the right people for your team. Your team may consist of: 1.) A graphics person for that “just right” cover look. 2.) A proofreader/copywriter to crisp up pages and catch errors. 3.) Someone to format the final manuscript. 4.) A marketing person, if you’re not doing it yourself. 5.) And depending on how busy your schedule is, someone to make sure all these things are running smoothly, so that everything will be ready-set for your projected release date. But, buyer, BEWARE! There is always some damn wolf in sheep’s
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Thinking of ending it all…

I bet that title got your attention! If you are here looking for some ghoulish thrills, or to be saddened by the last rant of someone about to leave this world, then… I’ve led you on!   This post is about novel endings.   I mean… the way we writers conclude our tales. Sorry, better luck next time. WARNING!! This post will be inconclusive!   Okay, now I’ve got that out of the way…   Why am I writing this article? Well, in part, it’s a result of certain dialogues I have maintained, via e-mail and through reader reviews, about
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Branch Out & Barter Your Way to a Better Book

I am an indie writer, which is simply a spiffy phrase for being self-published. Why I chose this route is another story, but the bottom line is, I am on the hook for it all. In addition to writing my snippets of suspense, I also have to make sure the book is edited, designed, marketed and sold. I don’t know about you, but all of that stuff is much more daunting to me than the actual writing of the book! ON TENTERHOOKS was my first novel and that means that writing for me occupies that nebulous space between engaging hobby
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