End of the year is looming

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End of the year is looming

End of the year is looming

The end of the year 2014 is looming ahead in only two weeks. Then we will be off on a mad adventure called 2015. I feel like I am on the precipice of a Dr. Who episode. What will transpire as we open the Tardis’ door and peer out onto a new and unfamiliar landscape? Well, I don’t think we will encounter aliens. Not yet. But in 2015 I do hope to bring you some new cool stuff. I have already updated my books read page, because I do not think I will finish another one this year. I have

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5 Reasons Why Reading is Important

Not long ago, I went to an event to sit at a table and sell books. It was not the usual sort of bookselling event (outdoor local festival), however, and I didn’t really hold a lot of hope. I did sell a couple, but I digress. The most important thing I discovered at the event was this: when asked what kind of books a person liked to read, most said I don’t read. SHOCKED! And honestly, I don’t think it is a lie. According to http://www.statisticbrain.com 56% of young people claim to read more than 10 books a year, but

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Five important points about book marketing & promotions before you publish

Book Marketing/Promotions Before You Publish Dano / Foter / CC BY Are you uncertain about doing your own marketing? Feel like too much of an introvert to be successful as a marketer? Don’t know what a marketing plan is? Can’t distinguish between promoting and marketing? Well, you’ve come to the right blog then. 1. Authors should get as much knowledge about book marketing/promotions as they possibly can. Recently, I watched over twenty videos, listened to over thirty podcasts, and am reading one of many many good books on this subject. I am not trying to toot my own horn here,

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Catching up – aka taking a deep breath before the plunge

…yes, the block has been broken and I am ON THE ROAD again writing. So my posts may be a little fewer and farther between. But I am thinking of you…I really am. So here is what is new… I am also doing art-tastic things. I am creating book covers and will soon unveil a book cover design website!! Of late, I have been doing zentangles like mad and have now pulled out the old watercolors. Inspiration abounds! art And oh, my goodness! Reading is going so well. I have to thank my good friend, Valia Lind VL’s blog for

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Creating Characters that Matter: What Makes a Good Character?

Creating characters that matter: what makes a good character? This is somewhat a difficult question to ask ourselves as authors, because we create the people in our stories, so we love them all, like children or paintings we’ve made. There are no bad story people as far as the author is concerned. But creating characters that matter and placing them on the page for a reader is the most important thing we do. Stories are about characters. They are the vehicle that people identify with and want to spend time with. So what makes a good one and how can

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