Writer Groupie Ep 42-Book Reviews and Editing with Sharon Stogner

Writer Groupie Ep 42-Book Reviews and Editing with Sharon Stogner

Welcome, Groupies! This is episode 42 of the podcast, and today I chat with Sharon Stogner. Sharon is co-creator of the quirky multi-media review site I Smell Sheep, which was voted Best Review Site 2015 in the Editors and Preditors Reader’s Poll, and freelance editor(Devil in the Details Editing Services). Born and raised in NC, she received a B.S. in Biology from UNC and a Masters in Microbiology from NCSC back before cell phones became popular. Married and mother of two girls, she loves reading speculative fiction, blow’em up movies, and eating spaghetti. So, here we go…on with the show!

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The Top 5 Marketing Tips for Your Book

The Top 5 Marketing Tips for Your Book

Self-published authors know that the biggest row to hoe ahead of them is marketing their book. The writing is hard, the editing is harder, but the marketing of that book is certainly the hardest of them all when it comes to this self-publishing journey. I know. I have been there. But I also have a few tips for you to maybe give you food for thought. First, some people might just want to know what marketing your book MEANS. In my honest opinion, it’s just telling folks about your book. It’s getting the word out. Secondly, some people want to

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What does my reader want?

Several things have become glaringly apparent this weekend so far as How to Write is concerned. I guess whenever anyone embarks on such an auspicious endeavor, one must not get overly involved in the stuff behind the scenes. Well, I have. Deeply, truly, madly involved. But it’s all for my reader. It is because I care. I do not want to be a big fat failure, and have you scratching your head wondering what the heck I am talking about. But then too, I do not want anyone who is a little more advanced falling asleep as we dig into

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Ten things I wish I had known before becoming a writer

Ten things I wish I had known before becoming a writer

Sometimes I think that old adage about hindsight being clearer than foresight is true. There are a lot of things I wish I had known before becoming a writer. Writing is not easy sometimes. Those days where pages fly by under my fingertips don’t happen the way they used to. I have an internal editor that is a mean little woman. But since writing is so personal and intimate, and you are following this blog to get insider details, here goes a list of things I sure wish sometime had told me. I wish I had known being a writer

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Are you truly finished with that work?

Are you truly finished with that work?

There are a few age-old questions that writers ask. They are not stupid questions, lest you immediately think that. NO question is stupid, and oftentimes, sort of vital when you are uninformed. We might be wise old owls, us writers, but we don’t know EVERYTHING. Even with the Internet, good info is sometimes hard to find. So, what is this funny old question that keeps cropping up? Well, I am so glad you asked! It’s this:  How do I know when I am finished with the piece I am working on? It’s funny but sometimes you think you are finished,

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