Monthly Archives January 2013

Inspired By Who

Inspired by Who When I was somewhere around eight years old, I was introduced to The Doctor. My parents were having their carpets cleaned, so my sister and I were ushered over to a neighbor’s house for a few hours. They were good friends of my parents, and over summer vacation we would visit with them daily, but very rarely were we ever allowed inside their house. Most of the time we met under the shade of an old pine tree that marked the border between yards. I was a bit nervous. Usually when the neighbors were around, so were
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Extreme Reading!

Reading. When you are asked about your hobbies and pastimes and list this amongst them, people still look at you askance. Why? It’s so passive, Dude! You know; you just sit there and turn pages, hardly any effort involved. Even less if it’s an e-book. Hey, forget that! Come do some Hang Gliding/off-road driving/downhill skiing – live a more adventurous life – experience, Dude! And they are right. But not why you think. We readers of the World, we billions of readers, are too set in our ways. Reading is a passive activity – yes, in that we don’t move
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A tale of two indies

Once upon a time, there were two indie writers, Mary and Jane. They were writing books, publishing them through small press, and promoting them through social media. Their main difference was their attitudes. Mary was negative about everything. Jane was positive about everything. Mary hated promoting her book. When she tried writing blog posts, it came out mean and horrible. Her tweets pulled people down. And let’s not even talk about what memes she posted on Facebook. Jane, on the other hand, was positive. She advertised her book in social media, making use of her circle of friends online. She
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Becoming Brianna

As I hold the paperback copy of Enchanted Heart in my hands, I realize that this is a bittersweet time for me.  I am so happy that I have finally accomplished my dream of being published (and in print). But at the same time, I am sad that my son Brian is not here to celebrate with me. You see, he was my biggest fan.  When he was nine years old, he sketched the cover picture to the novel that I had been working on.  I still have that novel tucked away in a box with his drawing proudly displayed on the
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Xmas Wish List

One of the most annoying things I’ve experienced over the last year is all the work I have had to do to make sense of Amazon’s sales data from a global standpoint. Now it’s going to get even more complicated as I’ve left the clutches of KDP Select and branched out to Kobo, Smashwords and who knows what in the future. Let me explain. When I send out a tweet or whatever as part of a campaign to promote my books, I’d like to know if the approach I use is effective or not. We writers are busy people. We
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