In the Shadows cover design and blurb creation

In the Shadows cover design and blurb creation

In the Shadows cover design and blurb creation

What goes on in this story that makes someone want to read it – and other “shadows” that authors think about as they design cover art and write blurbs. Ever experience a time in your writing life when you stare at the screen absently and mutter to yourself, “What now?”  And this is not some mental block that keeps you from writing. Oh no. It’s more like the inescapable time when you have to consider what will work for your cover art, and what won’t, and you are stricken with a lack of ideas for blurbs. My hubby, who is a

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Writer Groupie Episode 36 Writing Historical Thrillers with Jeanne Lyet Gassman

Writer Groupie Episode 36 Writing Historical Thrillers with Jeanne Lyet Gassman

Hey, WG fans! This episode sort of kicks off new and great things for the podcast. In this episode (AUDIO ONLY!) I actually have an introduction to the show, information for writers, what’s coming next from me, and so on. I think you will be greatly informed, and entertained, so be sure to listen to the AUDIO ONLY version for the latest and greatest. (it was too much editing to do another video with me chatting about upcoming stuff so it will always be on the AUDIO ONLY version of the show. See the audio link below. This show also

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THE DREAD ROOM a Warped Mind Collection cover reveal and blurb

Hello readers and fans! Today is the day you have been waiting for! It’s cover reveal and book blurb day! Yes, at last you are going to get something NEW from me for the horrorific Halloween season. IT IS NOW ON PREORDER THROUGH OCTOBER 1 — get it HERE . Please share this info so everyone can get this one! Introducing THE DREAD ROOM by Kim Smith – a Warped Mind Collection PREORDER LINK: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015VNMYAO BLURB A shocking collection of the most imaginative and weird stories written in a long while. See inside the strange inner workings of this popular

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How to make up stories like a child

How to make up stories like a child

Recently, I listened to a few TEDtalks and in the process got a lot of ideas for blog posts. It’s really funny how inspired I get from other people’s stories. Anyway, this woman was talking about how she worked with kids to get them to write stories and she had me remembering when I was a kid and how making up stories was just the most natural thing. I wish I could remember the things I invented back then. I would likely be a billionaire. Wonder if I dreamed up the same stuff that Steve Jobs did? Too bad, now,

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Are you working or waiting for a book to appear?

Are you working or waiting for a book to appear?

Are you working or waiting for a book to appear? I had completed my first manuscript. It sat on my computer’s hard drive waiting to for the next set of things to be done to it. I still had to do another run-through, take out halting words, zap overused words, edit it within an inch of its little life. I was still green at the writing game, at that thing called editing. This writing a book thing was a tasty tidbit to be savored, to be lingered over. Back then, publishing seemed about as far away as it could get.

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